New Mexico Writer & Author

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Sara Ford Writer & Author

When the sun rises over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico, something alluring takes place. The light (La Luz) – resplendent, radiant and luminous – rushes into the valleys, casting an enchanting spell on the rugged landscape filled with colorful rock formations, jagged canyons, and windswept mesas majestic against a royal blue sky.

La Luz has attracted artists to New Mexico for years. Painters such as Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips – founders of the Taos Society of Artists – arrived in Taos in the 1890’s. Others soon followed. Compelled to paint under a brilliant sky, the new arrivals joined native artists who had been creating art - pottery, baskets, jewelry, arrowheads and spear points - for eons.

“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.”

                                                                                                                     Marc Chagall

“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.”

                                                                                                                     Marc Chagall

To live in New Mexico is to become aware of the magical possibilities presented each day by the hint of a cloud, whispering above, the leaves of an Aspen fluttering in the breeze, or the shadows, silent and mysterious, dancing in the dappled light. Anywhere you glance, you’ll find a muse at work.

“To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and …then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling—this is the activity of art.”

 

Leo Tolstoy

“To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and …then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling—this is the activity of art.”

 

Leo Tolstoy

When I arrived in New Mexico; I’d spent most of my career covering news, but things change, often for the better. As a freelance writer, I’ve written about food, places, quirky people and events, travel and the like, and art, quite a bit about art.

 

To write about art is a humbling experience. Words, after all, are units of speech that function as the carrier of meaning and emotion or feelings. Lined up, one after another, words become sentences, complete thoughts we’re taught. Those thoughts vary widely based upon our individuality and experience. What we see varies, too, depending upon where we’ve been, and where we’re going. Often times all we can say with authority about an arresting painting or a stunning sculpture is: “Wow! Look at that.” But sharing that experience can enlarge our horizons.

“Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.”

Saul Bellow

“Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.”

Saul Bellow

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