...when I first arrived in new mexico some 30 years ago, I was inspired by the Santa Fe/southwestern art scene, and determined to get a piece of it...(move over R C Gorman, I'm the new kid on the block...LOL)...

...I developed a line of 3D paintings that did fairly well in a handful of "olde towne" galleries and consignment shops...tapping into the santa fe, mission and pueblo revival style, I depicted generic images of pueblo scenes and an occasional ghost town...

...I set up a backyard woodworking shop and studio...my basic shapes were jigsawed from masonite and glued to board...then I applied thinned elmers wood putty, let it dry, and carved the adobe bricks/stonework with a dremel tool...coated other surfaces with white gesso and applied a fine sand, to give it a real tactile feel...(I had something in mind that I wanted to give the visually impaired the ability to "feel" my art...

...to these forms was added cut and trimmed real branch pieces to simulate posts and vigas (roof support beams)...from landfills, I collected nicely old weathered plywood pieces and stripped thin sections of the veneer to cut out the doors, window frames, canales (rain drains) and fence posts...after assembly, it was painted in realistic acrylic colors and a background of stylistic trees and/or mesa landscape vistas were added...on my night scenes, I used an airbrush to simulate the light glow in the windows and the subtle shine of the stars...

...the chili ristras were made by dripping individual peppers of thinned wood putty...and the whole was presented in homemade frames with simulated southwestern inlays in the corners...

...these sold rather well, having completed a couple hundred of them....they wanted more and more...but then gallery politics intervened...they began to approach 50% commission and when I increased my prices to cover it they balked and whined...it became no longer cost effective to do so much work...but, I enjoyed doing these for about two years...

...I've only a few surviving 35mm prints from that time...not of the best quality... but I can't figure out how to post them from my desktop...grrrrr...