"Sheep’s Crossing, Near Questa" began as an outdoor demonstration during one of my New Mexico plein air workshops. With all of our easels perched on the edge of the steep canyon, the sound of rushing water in the Rio Grande, 800 feet below, was a constant reminder of the vast scale of the place and the painting challenge itself. Towards late afternoon, the wind came up and along with it, the towering cumulus clouds that foretold the rest of the day. The first low rumbles of the oncoming storm, a crack of lightning, then a gust of wind pursued us to our cars. Within minutes a major hailstorm was upon us, following us as we caravanned back to Taos over steep carpets of hail. This painting represents the last moments of calm before the onslaught, a precious interval that it is my ambition to enshrine

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Jakki Kouffman

Sheep's Crossing, Near Questa

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

16" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 0 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.