PALISADE (2012), is an oil on canvas painting created by the (already) historic, and inimitable, master plein air painter, Louisa McElwain. McElwain created this superlative, and important as discussed below, landscape painting as she painted on the side of a road (her preferred "studio"), above the river bend on the Chama River in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Which was one of Louisa's favorite painting locations. McElwain drew decades of "joy and great love" rendering paintings that deeply reflect her esteemed academic fine art background, and, as important, allowed for the lush sensuality oil paints offered her. McElwain noted that she actually experienced such a transcendent rush of great joy and love while painting "in situ" that she would quite literally feel both coursing through her physical being, until at some revelatory moment as she painted, she stated (paraphrased here) that as she finally "stepped back" to view her onsite creations, only then did she fully realize what she, herself, had created. "Palisade" is as great an example of the quality of work Ms.
McElwain had attained at the very pinnacle of her much lauded career, as any Fine Art Collector can plainly visualize or hope to imagine seeing live. McElwain further noted that she was most often overcome with the same sort of feeling of joy that her Collector's experience, including early to brand new Fine Art Collectors who seek out Ms. McElwain's paintings with a particular passion, even 8 years after her sudden and unexpected passing in 2013 at the age of 59. Since 2013, the posthumous critical assessment, and other important hallmarks, that reveal Louisa McElwain as the historically important and distinctive Fine Art master that she is, underscore why any of few available Louisa McElwain paintings are increasingly recognized for their transcendent creation, style and captivating effect each has on those who are not only graced to view, but become guardians of her paintings; no matter the period of her career any painting was created. Naturally, of course, as with any master Fine Artist, "Palisade" is an important painting for many reasons, including the reality that it was acquired directly from her final Santa Fe, New Mexico Gallery's show of her final works; paintings wherein she had clearly attained the absolute pinnacle of all the qualities, and artistic mastery, a master such as Louisa McElwain ultimately achieves.
"Palisade", specifically selected by her Gallery to showcase the absolute best of Ms. McElwains's gifts as a Fine Artist was chosen, as seen above and included with the sale of this work, to be included in that Gallery Show's catalogue as an important example the best of the best of Louisa McElwain's gift. Without question, her available paintings sell quickly, commanding increasing prices, to date, as Ms.
McElwain's artistic gifts continue to awe and inspire those gifted to know of her work, whether critically or as a Fine Art Collector. The visual majesty seen in this glorious oil impasto painting is a felt as well as a richly visual experience, no matter how many times I view it or in whatever the light conditions might be.
Lucky to have learned of Ms. McElwain's final show of what were her last group of original paintings, this most glorious painting by, surely, one of the Southwest's preeminent contemporary landscape artists up to this time, is not only the great good fortune for a Fine Art collector, but as her reputation continues to mature and expand, to own one of the final paintings she completed in her lifetime is a deep honor on many levels. Per Louisa McElwain, During the process of painting large canvasses outdoors, the interaction with nature introduces insects, particles of plants, and even dirt into the paint.
To acknowledge the simultaneous levels of reality which surround me, I sometimes deliberately introduce elements into the paint like bits of broken beer bottle, bone, fur, or charred wood. " "Palisade, while not infused with apparent elements like those noted in her above quote, is unquestionably among her best triumphs in painting Fine Art. In 2012, her Arizona gallerist and friend, Kim Roseman, during an interview, added She has developed the technical skill, familiarity with patterns of weather and light, and an ever deepening connection with the land that allows her to plunge art into the creative experience for producing works that are authentic expressions of awe.
It is, again, an immense honor to own one of her paintings. MEDIUM: Oil impasto on canvas, painted with brushes and a palette knife. SIZE: 30 in (76.2 cm) W x 24 in (60.96 cm) H.FRAME: 33.5 in (85.09 cm) W x 27.25 in (69.22 cm) H x 2.5 in (6.35 cm) D Float framed in an elaborate gold frame. Louisa McElwain: A Dialogue with Nature, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2021). Louisa McElwain, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2020). Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations, Book Release (2013). The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum (2011).
Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (2009). Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2007). Painters of the Grand Canyon, Tucson Museum of Art (2007).Landscapes of New Mexico, Book Release, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2006). Homecoming: Outside the West, Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona (2005). 100 Years of Painting the Grand Canyon, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2004). Wild Lands Painted, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2004). Let Me Enjoy the Earth, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2004). Terra Cognita, SEGI Fine Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona (2004).
Along the Pilgrim's Path, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2003). Audience with a Cloud, Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico / Tucson, Arizona (2002). Flights of Enchantment, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2001).Women Artists of the West, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona (1995, 1997). Western Academy of Women Artists, Ian Lewis, Scottsdale, Arizona (1995). 25th Year Alumni Exhibition, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts (1993). McElwain Paints New Mexico, San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico (1993). First Place, Durango Arts Center Four Corners Commission Exposition (2012).
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona (2011). Best of Show, Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona (2010).
Best of Show, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Sixth Annual Heart of the West Exhibition, Fort Worth, Texas (2010). Honorable Mention, Particular Places, New Haven Art Center, New Haven, Connecticut (2006). Coors Brewing Company, Golden, Colorado.
Peat Marwick, San Francisco, California. Philadelphia Zoological Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.Rosewoods Vineyards, Redwood Valley, California. San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Booth Museum, Cartersville, Georgia. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas.
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