Description In reality this painting took nearly two years. From the start of my research over a year ago, two months developing a computerized 3D version based upon the most recent maps and research, interviews with Chris Downum at Northern Arizona University and Peter Pilles of the Coconino National Forest, and three practice paintings before this piece. The background, including trees and rock formations, are much as they are today, which I can't verify is how it was exactly over a thousand years ago. The pueblo is probably not exact either, as it was always in a state of repair and modification. But I believe I've represented the general mass, how it would impact you visually if you walked upon it. According to the research papers I was allowed to study the room designated as number 81 was probably the last one built of the known room blocks. I've shown it in a state of incompletion with uninstalled roof beams and piles of loose stones. These same papers indicated that many buried Scarlet and Military Macaws were found enshrined here, more than any other southwest ruin. Hence my homage to their place in the beliefs that built this wonderful place!NOTE: This painting was chosen to be in the remodeled Visitors' Center by the National Park Service and the Museum of Northern Arizona, summer 2005.
Jim Thomas, Arizona Member Since March 2007 Artist Statement In the year 2000 I received a challenging health diagnosis. In response to this I closed my thirty-five year old business and put my creative energy into landscape and visionary oil painting. Over the next few years I did oil painting demonstrations in the lobby of the Old Town Gallery in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona. These painting demonstrations were photographed and remain online today as step by step oil painting demonstrations. You will appreciate a painting better if you can see how it came into being over many months. When the Old Town Gallery closed I returned to my home studio. Thank you.