Everyone knows the iconic Saguaro cactus. The saguaro cactus are a cultural symbol of the American southwest. Their recognizable image can be seen everywhere and in many styles and forms. I became inspired by these massive plants when I first arrived in the Sonoran Desert. Slowly reaching for the sky, they grow as tall as trees, bearing the heat of the naked sun year round.
It takes thick skin to live in such a hostile environment. Yet these beasts of the desert grow as dense as forests in parts of the Sonoran desert. They grow an internal wooden skeleton, surrounded by thick calloused flesh and punctuated with dense thorns.
I became interested in that sharp light of the sun that causes one face of the cactus to turn white in your eyes. Contrasted then by the crisp shadows which define its surface. And so these watercolor studies capture the brightest highlights and the deepest shadows, resulting in a drawing thats both bold and simple.
Shipped framed and ready to hang, these watercolor paintings make the perfect accent to any space out of the box! These are the original drawings so they’re one of a kind and signed.
Watercolor on paper, 5×7 inches.