I moved from upstate New York to Las Vegas, NM, in 1957 with my parents and two brothers. With the exception of college years and work away from home, I have never left San Miguel County. My excursion into craft work began with woodcarving and woodwork decades ago. I have since expanded into decorated walking sticks, pyrography, and gourds. With the exception of gourds, I rarely purchase materials, preferring to use found wood and other natural objects. Sometimes I think of my work as ephemeral art, not intended to be long-lasting, and hang things in surrounding trees for the world to enjoy. Other things are small and fragile and stay inside. I live with my wife, Gayle, a couple of miles southwest of Pecos. We have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Wood working, wood carving/whittling, wood burning, and decorative gourds including walking sticks, small boxes, hand-carved chains, found wood creations, and spoons.
Address: 38 Camino Real Loop, Glorieta, NM
RF Buchan grew up on a ranch on the Western slope of Colorado, in the small town of Paonia. As the youngest of five, he learned the value of hard work and persistence. It was the sixteen years he spent as a welder-fabricator-fitter, where there is no room for error, that trained him in the art of perfection. For the next twelve years he found himself in Santa Fe, NM honing his skills in sales. “Co-workers used to say I brought color to the job” he recalls, hinting at his colorful character and personality. Little did he know then that the beautiful New Mexico skyscape and thriving Santa Fe art scene were having an inspiring effect on him.
Today, RF Buchan brings his passion and commitment for his work into every piece of art or ‘Expressions In Color’ as he calls them.
“I love color--lots of it! I never really know what colors or what design I’m going to use in a painting until I put down the first stroke. It is all about what I’m feeling at the moment...it just happens to come together naturally as I paint--FREE FORM! When I am done, a story or song unfolds in the painting, and it’s BREATHTAKING!”
Gayle Foss Ewing
Gayle Foss Ewing
Pastel Landscapes, Sky and Flower Paintings
Also Zentangle Pen and Ink Designs
Address: 38 Camino Real Loop, Glorieta, NM
I was born in Michigan, but came to Las Vegas, NM, in 1960 at age 12. I became a teacher, initially teaching French and German at Santa Fe High School. I also taught in a rural private school and had Montessori Pre-K School in my home in Las Vegas. Art didn’t come into my life until the summer of 2000 after moving to the Pecos/Glorieta area. I promptly had an emergency appendectomy. To assist my recovery and alleviate boredom, my daughter handed me an old, unused box of pastels from my early childhood teaching days. So every day I sketched and played with my pastels until it was nap time. At first I was just drawn to the beautiful colors, but soon was addicted to blending colors to create subtle hues and varied textures. My first paintings were simple renderings of the vibrant New Mexico sunsets we saw each evening from our new home. Eventually I took classes and moved beyond sunsets to paint mountain landscapes, river scenes, and other subjects.
Goose retired from production art for various Santa Fe designers in 1996. She moved to Pecos after nearly two decades of designing interior accessories and clothing, leatherwork and doll-making, textiles and embellishment, and painting snakes. Along with lifelong drawing and painting Goose has studied metalwork, pottery, weaving and combining words and paint to create “gentle reminders”.
“Born in Tornado Alley, I moved to Santa Fe ASAP. I have been a working artist for more than half a century in both both commercial and fine art areas. Current media favorites are watercolor, colored pencil, gouche, and inks.”
Roark L. Griffin was born in 1950 in Artesia, New Mexico. Soon thereafter, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended high school in Cuba, New Mexico. "My love of nature and art started at a very young age. Growing up in New Mexico, my time out of school was spent walking in the countryside and observing wildlife. A strong interest in birds of prey began when I was about fourteen, while living in Cuba, New Mexico. I became involved in the sport of falconry and was active in the sport until I was twenty-seven. During my university years in Portales, New Mexico, I worked with the biology department and the natural history museum. After graduating in 1974 with a bachelor of arts degree in painting and sculpture, I worked with the Department on Game and Fish in the Endangered Species Program."
Roark now lives and creates art in Rowe, New Mexico. His residence is a house that was built in 1906, and part of his time is spent with renovations. His studio is next door, also an old building with a great deal of history.
I travel as often as possible and support my trips by sourcing gemstones from around the world and designing one of a kind jewelry pieces. I works with the local goldsmiths in Nepal and other places to create settings that showcase the therapeutic qualities of the stones. I believe everyone should have access to the magical qualities of precious and semi-precious stones, and has a range of qualities and prices available.I consider myself primarily a landscape painter. I often paint outdoors, in remote places around the southwest. At other times, I paint “imagined views of places that exist only in the minds’ eye.” To me painting is “a way of traveling . . . a form of magical practice, a doorway into a new dimension. If I can imagine a view clearly enough, I can paint it and make it look real. In that process I experience being there.”
I've spent a number of years studying traditional Tibetan thangka painting, the art of representing deities on canvas. Lately I have been exploring fantasy images in pastel.
Many more jewelry designs are available at
Unikat Fine Jewelry
153 Bridge Street
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Robert McKenney is an Artist and Photographer. He has lived and photographed in Northern New Mexico for over twenty five years.
Hub was born in Panama and moved with his family frequently, collecting mental images from across the U.S., the Alps of Austria and the Atlantic Ocean; images that began to appear as drawings by age six and oil paintings by age nine.
Naturally influenced by the company he kept (crazy as a bud bug), he was taken, out of public school in California and placed in a school for problem kids. The art teacher there helped him survive the hostile environment and gave him initial direction as an artist. In Omaha he won a citywide drawing competition for high school students.
His work developed an odd juxtaposition of seemingly opposite and mutually exclusive elements; calmness amid chaos, destruction amid construction, Shaker and Bauhaus architecture amid Gothic and Baroque. Finally architecture itself became an issue.
He was included in a show that featured drawing and painting by every major artist of the surrealist movement from Rene Magritte to Salvador Dali: the 25th anniversary show at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas. Then the Cavin-Morris and Michael Ingbar galleries in New York, as well as Valley House and several other galleries around the country represented him.
From the time of the eruption of Mt. St Helen's, volcanic eruptions became a subject. Then mountains themselves became an issue after the time spent in the Himalayas of Northern Pakistan. Finally and at last, the physical world became only an excuse for the celebration of color and design.
Hub has lived in Northern New Mexico since 1996. His work is in various private and corporate collections from coast to coast.
"The concept of beauty may fall into disrepute, or at least the concept of making anything beautiful 'by hand', may be questioned. I still think it's possible that handwork will combine with machine-processes to produce something highly valued by humankind. At some point, however, handwork may only involve pushing the buttons of machines that produce 'art'. In the meantime, I'll continue to use brush and pencil while keeping an open mind to what's coming down the highway." -Hub Miller
“I love celebrating skeletons and the Dia de los Muertos in my drawings and paintings which I’ve stylized in my own creations of famous people in history.”
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other societies' observances of a time to honor the dead. The Spanish tradition, for instance, includes festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day
Anna “Ana” Rivera was born in Huntington Park, California, but did not spend much of her life there. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s South Valley, in an environment rich in hispanic culture and where most of her extended family still resides. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband and daughter, it is there that she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for creating art.
She began drawing at an early age (5 is the earliest she can recall) and was inspired by horses and unicorns and the fantasy world. Growing up an only child until the age of nine, she spent a great deal of time alone in her own world, drawing, creating, dreaming...It was during this period that she began developing her artistic skill...she is self taught.
Ana’s images and ideas don’t come from dreams, they tend to spring from a lifetime of observations, built up emotions and feelings that were never expressed, which are now triggered by people, music and life. She specializes in pencil drawings, which reflect a distinct and original style not commonly found in the medium and her attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of her work.