These artists gather yearly for an artist retreat in New Mexico. This year, they chose the Edward Sargent Wilderness Area, which is located northwest of Chama, NM.

Each year, six friends gather in New Mexico for an artist retreat, and this year they turned to Sargent — the Edward Sargent Wilderness Area, 20,000 acres of wild country northwest of Chama.

“Chroma Fields,” by Lee McVey, 2013, pastel, 9 x 12 in.

“In the past, we’ve painted at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, but this year we met in Chama for a few days of plein air painting and camaraderie along with artistic discussions,” explains artist Lee McVey. “As the weather gods would have it, it rained for much of the time. Although we’re not extreme plein air painters, we were able to paint during fortunate breaks in the clouds, and under canopies and umbrellas when it drizzled.”

Lee McVey working on “Sargent Wilderness”

“Sargent Wilderness,” by Lee McVey, 2013, pastel, 10 x 8 in.

McVey was joined by Depy Adams, Natasha Isenhour, Nancy Silvia, Mary Stovall, and Anita Louise West.


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