I created this piece in honor of the traditions of the Pueblo People in this area. Once an active volcano, Mount Taylor (“Tsoodzil “– Blue Bead or Turquoise Mountain) gently rises above the mesas and plains near Grants, New Mexico. Rooted in Native cultural history and traditions, it is an integral part of the creation story of the Dinah, as well as a sacred pilgrimage site to them, the Hopi, Zuni, Laguna, and Acoma Nations. Unfortunately, in the last five years, it has become an endangered area, threatened by the risk of uranium mining.
This blue giant captured my attention while I was visiting El Malpais National Park about 40 miles to the southwest. Although Mount Taylor is the cone of a large volcanic field, this snowcapped mountain appears to graciously recline on the horizon. So, I took that opportunity to capture my marvelous view with a watercolor sketch. Once back in my studio I explored the use of my pallet knife to communicate the ruggedness of the area. Although this technique is a bit different you can still see the common thread remains in sharing the wilderness.Mar