x SOLD Stephen C. Datz - Desert Idyll
- Medium: Oil on Canvas Board
- Circa: Contemporary
- Size: 12'' x 30''
19.25" x 37.5" framed. Published on page 432 in "Maynard Dixon's American West" by Mark Sublette. Artist comments: "As exciting as an opportunity to paint work reflective of the way Maynard Dixon influences me is, it also presents a daunting challenge. To wit: what to paint? What subject, what light, what color? For my second offering in the show, I decided I wanted to tackle something that was perhaps a bit less immediately comparable to a Dixon painting than Desert Rhythms, but no less replete with his spirit and ideas. This piece is another "idealized" view of a favorite area of mine in Professor Valley, Utah, just north of Moab. The landscape along the Colorado River here is classic butte and valley western scenery, with the twist that there are several ranches along the river itself that lend a contrasting note of green to the otherwise crimson and blue character of this place. I happened across this vista one spring afternoon and just loved the strong simplicity of the shapes, the unexpectedly rich, cool color harmony, and the glorious clear light. It was a nice change of pace to be able to break out the blues and greens in country that typically is much more demanding of the red and orange side of my palette!" - Stephen C. Datz. Exhibited "Along the Distant Mesa: An Homage to Maynard Dixon" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, March 8-April 30, 2019.