LAST NOVEMBER, a small band of plein-air painters descended on Big Bend National Park, a remote wilderness area which encompasses more than 700,000 acres in the southwest corner of Texas on the Mexican border. The weeklong painting foray was organized by artists Morris Reese, Tracy Avant, and Matt Smith and included John Budicin, Len Chmiel, Jeff Horn, Ralph Oberg, Ray Roberts, George Strickland, Skip Whitcomb, and Dan Young.
By day the artists spread out across the park to sketch, photograph, and paint, and at night they came together for conversation and camaraderie. For most, this was their first visit to the park. Southwest Art’s Bonnie Gangelhoff caught up with them after they returned to their homes in Arizona, California, Colorado, and elsewhere in Texas, and asked them to comment on their adventure.
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