Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park!

This winter I applied for and was accepted into the Artist-in-Residence program at Petrified Forest National Park. This is a program administered by the National Parks in more than 50 parks, including some of the most iconic ones: Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Zion, Glacier.

It's competitive - more than 60 artists applied to Petrified Forest and 15 were accepted. There are sculptors, a cellist, an installation artist, photographers and me, the sole painter. Most of the programs provide housing, often in historic cabins.

You can find more information about the National Parks program here.

This is the charming historic casita I'll be staying in.
I've been preparing my supplies for a month: building linen covered panels (8 at 20"x30" plus a large stack of small panels) and ordering and organizing paints, pencils, papers, brushes, the works. My husband is going with me (he's a geologist) so we'll camp and hike after the 2-week residency. That's another pile of supplies for the Subaru. Yes, it's a road trip! Yes, we are excited!

While there I will be focused on the skies and the road. Petrified Forest National Park is a sliver of land just south of the Navajo reservation, and it straddles a historic section of Route 66. I'm hoping for beautiful stars, crazy storms and clear light.


congrats, you deserve it. Enjoy.

How exciting, have a lovely time and I look forward to seeing your new work at a later date here in blogging land.