|Clouds and mountain in New Mexico, 5x7 watercolour sketch|
Hmmmmm.....seems that the majority were also uninspired by the vistas and more inspired by each other. Gallery after gallery the work all started looking the same. Almost like one artist got the ball rolling with their individual style and everyone else followed suit. This was truly disappointing but I kept an open mind and kept searching. I finally walked into the doors of the Taos Artist Collective and met artist J Mehaffey. She was very friendly and explained to me that the gallery is also a studio space where several artists work and sell from. Walking around I found my favourite of the group and it just happened to be J Mehaffey's work. I don't know if I was drawn to it because it was something different from all of the other galleries, but I was impressed. Out of all of the work I had seen, up to that point, hers was the most honest. She wasn't trying to sell the "Taos experience", or painting something simply because it sells. Some artists paint things simply because they think it will sell or they see that someone else is successful in selling a certain subject matter. That kind of work never impresses me, but that's just me. You can check out J Mehaffey's work on her site here http://www.jmehaffey.com/
Over the next few days I'll be posting about the other artists that I found in the galleries in Taos. If you can't wait for me to share you can go here http://galleryguideoftaos.com/ and check out some of the other artists in the area. If you'd like a blow by blow of my entire trip you can read about it starting here.