The Rio Grande flows south and west in New Mexico beneath towering cliffs that only rarely allow bursts of light on the riparian growth below. On this fall day the rabbit brush displayed brilliant yellow and orange; a stark contrast to the buff-grey cliffs, sand-colored scree and camouflage green conifers. I have painted this scene often, I am always reminded of the rare privilege of bright color that astounds and inspires the eye. This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display. 

- Jakki Kouffman

Rio Grande, Fall Wind, Bright Leaves

Acrylic painting on paper

Signed on front

12" h x 9" w 
0 lbs. 1 oz.



Jakki Kouffman
St. Petersburg, Florida

Getting to Know Jakki

Jakki Kouffman manipulates paint in much the same way the the whirling desert wind shapes the land around her. The Sante Fe landscape painter integrates Fauvist accents with a great eye for color, all of which shepherds the viewer toward a vivid daydream of howling New Mexico winds. Her long-term series of acrylics is called “Rivers, Mountains and Sea,” and it portrays the idea of resistance and change in the land through bold colors, striking textures and sweeping gestures.