After spending time in Santa Fe New Mexico, Plein Aire painting and collecting prickly pear cactus fruit, I returned to Denver and was inspired to set up this still life at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, a few miles from home. Red Rocks is considered sacred by 32 Native American tribes and was discovered in an army expedition led by Stephen Long in 1820. The Trading Post was built in 1931. It took the Civilian Conservation Corps 12 years to build the amphitheater, including dynamiting several massive boulders from what’s now the seating for almost 9000. Surrounding the amphitheater are massive monoliths — Creation Rock and Ship Rock — 300 feet tall. Red Rocks was dedicated on June 15, 1941, in a ceremony highlighted with performances by Metropolitan Opera soprano Helen Jepson. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Santana, U2 and more have played here but over 750,000 non-concertgoers visit Red Rocks every year. I visit the park frequently. It holds mystery and majesty: sunrise, sunset and in every season.
$325 Giclee on canvas
Limited Edition of 50
Original Oil/Aluminum Composite Panel 24x24"