Mute and mysterious, is how the the ancient buildings and surrounding desert backdrop of Chaco canyon first presented to me.
As the heat of a July day began to build, I sat in the slim shade of an overhang above the main ruin and slowly became quiet. While gazing down on the ancient stone work and rubble, the antiquity of the canyon settled into me. I don’t really know what, in the centuries past was said here, or what exactly was done here by whom or how many, I do know what I’ve read. What concerns me as an artist is the power of the Chaco mystery, it ignites my imagination.
For this painter Chaco is an inspired setting, there are messages on every breeze, in every placed stone and in every long view. The Chaco mystery is the source of the three paintings presented in the portfolio and holds the germ of more to follow.
-Natalie Bieser, 2016