Show Preview | Julane Jensen & Lee McVey

Albuquerque, NM
Purple Sage Galeria, December 5-31

Lee McVey, The Light After the Rain, pastel, 12 x 9.

Lee McVey, The Light After the Rain, pastel, 12 x 9.

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This month Purple Sage Galeria presents a show titled Southwest Splendor, showing the works of artists Julane Jensen and Lee McVey. It begins with an opening reception on Friday, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues until December 31. Each artist presents 25 works that showcase her distinctive style. “Lee’s paintings frequently lead you into the landscape to explore more of its intricacies. She’s a keen observer of the landscape, and it can be seen in her beautiful paintings,” says gallery owner Anita Blythe. “Julane’s sunsets capture the intensity of color that can only be seen in the New Mexico skies. She can paint a panoramic expanse that really evokes the feeling of space and distance.”

Jensen is a New Mexico-based oil painter who captures landscapes, still lifes, and western themes inspired by the Southwest and its diverse cultures. She’s a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners, and for this show she focuses on the majesty of the land that inspires her. “This year I’ve painted from the Sonoran Desert of the Big Bend to the high Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado, and I’ve chosen paintings that reflect the wide diversity of locations in our splendid Southwest,” Jensen says. “I’m very appreciative to live where we have such beautiful and varied scenery.”

McVey lives and paints in Albuquerque. Her love of nature inspires her plein-air pastel works, which she keeps on the small side to engage the viewer in a more intimate manner. A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and Pastel Society of New Mexico, McVey is devoted to her home state, and it shows in her works. “My first visit to New Mexico was in 1992 to see where Georgia O’Keeffe painted, and I was completely mesmerized by the landscape,” she remembers. “When I returned home to central New York, I was surprised to feel homesick for New Mexico. I moved here in 2004 after retiring from teaching art, and I have delighted in painting the Land of Enchantment.” —Joe Kovack

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