Tara took the reference photo of this sage filled desert landscape while living in New Mexico. To prepare the canvas, she used a warm peach color as her underpainting and layered swatches of a deep blue collage paper with marbleized gold swirls. When the layers were dry and sealed with archival medium, she applied thick gestural strokes of oil paint to convey the sandy ground and sky, while retaining the golden swirls of the collage paper. The peach background wraps the canvas sides.
- Tara Zalewsky-Nease