The subject for the mixed media painting is the ancient marine mineral, Calcite found in the Great Basin desert. Calcite crystals come in various shapes and colors from pink to purple to amber. The bottom left mound in the painting shows a pocket of these crystals pushing upward to the desert floor surface. The perspective is almost a cross-section, where the viewer is looking at the horizon line of a landscape and both a cutaway of the rich minerals belts below. It is a combination of flat matte painted areas with my own printed papers cut out and layered on top.
*Rain Shadow Geology
Deserts are usually created because they are located in a Rain Shadow – a dry region downward of mountain ranges caused by air losing its moisture as it passes over the mountains. About one third of the Earth's landmass is desert or semi-arid desert. These regions have unique geological features not found in more humid environments. These features are often caused by water and wind erosion which deposit and move sediment, rock, silt and sand in exposed and sculptural fashion. Geological time is viewable in the desert. You can touch a rock that is almost as old as the Earth itself, hunt for shell fossils from the ocean it once was, dig for gems and minerals that only occur in this unique setting.