The abstract landscape series came to life after seeing the dynamic paintings of longtime Durango, Colorado artist and teacher Stanton Englehart. The Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah have long been the inspiration for generations of artists. “Cabezon on My Mind” drew images from the well-known, large volcanic plug prominent in Northwestern New Mexico, near the ghost town of Cabezon and the Rio Puerco. “West Mesa Dreams” depicts the West Mesa and the seven volcanic cinder cones on the western edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico. My new abstract landscapes evolve from six weeks that I spent in Paris, France in the Fall of 2015. After being deeply moved by the courage and fortitude of the Impressionist Masters, I was especially influenced by Jean Bazaine and his stained glass windows at the Eglise Saint-Severin on the Left Bank in Paris. The windows became my inspiration for the Southwestern skies depicted in many of these paintings. My new paintings for 2019, “Spirits of the Mountains” and “Across the High Divide” both evoke the spirit of Jean Bazaine and Eglise Saint-Severin.