In third grade here in Colorado, students study Mesa Verde (or at least my class did), and one summer soon after, we made a visit down there. Some time after that my grandparents bought a farm in Cortez, Colorado. My aunt and uncle still live down there on that plot of land. So that’s my personal connection to that beautiful part of Colorado. The cliff dwellings are the perfect subject to feed my passion for painting sandstone tones, and shading shapes of shadows to create forms that pop out from under the overhanging rock. I started this painting a couple years ago while I was involved in a bigger project. I used the extra paint from these giant canvases that I was painting and it started to emerge out of nothing.