In a broad sense these most recent paintings are a continued observation and appreciation of the ubiquitous flora and geography that make up the northern New Mexico desert. These oh so common plants and landscapes are important to me as a painter precisely because they are easily overlooked and taken for granted. I feel called as an artist to shine a light on grasses, yuccas, chamisa, arroyos and the like because of their seeming insignificance as well as for the innate beauty of form, pattern and texture that exists here. And of course who knows how much longer this wild beauty will be available for us to enjoy, the imperative is to paint now.
This being said these paintings of the Narrow Leaf Yucca are also about invitation and accessibility. These landscapes can be entered; these are places that I want to hang out in, I want to rest against the boulders, I want explore the trails. I want to take in the long view, the middle view and notice the detritus beneath my feet. One can enter as a human but wander as an insect or a bird looking both inward and outward. The painting is the invitation.
These paintings talk about spaces, moods, atmospheres, patterns and being a small part of the great whole.
-Natalie Bieser, 2017