Doug and I visited Taos NM, home of some iconic pueblos. Even though we were going to paint landscape, we made a point to go through the pueblos and enjoyed visiting and observing the lifestyle of contemporary Native Americans and imagining the old ways as was told to us. This picture was from a reference I got from my one of my mentors William F. Reese. He had been to Taos many years before, when they still allowed photos to be taken. Bill spent time at the pueblos. He told me of his trip and how the elders of the Pueblo shared may stories of past. He showed me this picture of one of the elders of the pueblo. When I saw his face on the photo, I just had to bring him to life, in the environment I had just visited. The lines etched on his face reflected the years of his life, as clear as if it was a written journal. The sorrows and joys, the work and the struggle of our shared human experience was there laid out like a map. He is probably no longer with us, but traditions, and legends and the wisdom gained and passed down through the eons remain.
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