Riders in Monument ValleyDennis Arviso
A wonderfully detailed vision of the Navajo reservation in the Spring.
The chamisas are in yellow bloom, and the sage and other desert plants are newly green and fresh.
The feeling of vast space, and the drama of the red rock mesas, is captured in exacting realism.
The tiny riders are dwarfed by the billowing clouds in the fresh blue sky, the towering russet monoliths, and the unending expanse of soft green plants and red earth.
Dennis Arviso has an obvious mastery of the medium, and a most satisfying sense of composition.
Aside from his skill and talent, the artist is remarkable for learning to paint with the brush in his mouth, following an accident that left him a quadriplegic.
By any standard, this painting beautifully conveys the fresh air, seemingly endless space, and lovely landscape of the Navajo land.
Framed, and ready to hang.