Joshua Tree Paintings

12×16″ oil on canvas– Boulder Maze

9×12″ oil– Split Rock Frame

Here are a couple small paintings I made as we camped amongst the boulders at Jumbo Rocks last week.  I love how the desert plays with your sense of scale, with rocks shaped like pebbles but four stories high in a vast flat expanse miles wide under an enormous sky.  Huddled close to the ground you find wildflowers, horned lizards and a myriad of resourceful life forms–  so much small detail and so much space.  The Joshua Trees in these paintings give them their scale– without them, these might just be sand castles.