This painting, Luna #3, is currently hanging in the juried show 18 Days at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe.  The show, co-sponsored by the New Mexico chapter of the National Museum for Women in the Arts is part of a month-long celebration of  visual art, poetry, dance and film.  You can see the show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 20th (18 days of viewing).

On February 4th, overnight temperatures went down to -22 degrees, according to my neighbor down the road.  We never thought it could get that cold in Lamy!  And neither did the construction worker who had put insulation for a water pipe in the studio on the inside of the wall, leaving the pipe exposed to the cold outside.  The pipe froze; I found the flood, with water pouring out of the wall, within an hour of its bursting, and was able to rescue most of the portfolios of artwork that were sitting on the floor.  One historic watercolor by my dad, dating from World War II, was lost, as well as a print by my California friend, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson.  My paintings stayed safely stored in racks a few inches off the floor.  Luckily, my son, Turner, was able to come right over, along with our friend  James Koskinas, and together we shoveled water out the door for two hours until the water main could be turned off.

The weeks since then have been filled with visits from the plumber – there were serious consequences to turning off the water to the property! – and the remediation people and now the contractor and his guys.  There have been endless calls to the insurance adjuster.  Northern New Mexico has been declared a catastrophe area so the insurance process is a bit different.  My framed paintings were carted off to a temperature-controlled storage facility in town. The recent watercolors, plus old portfolios full of work by my dad, myself and friends are stacked in the back bedroom.  It will probably take another two weeks before life returns to normal and I can resume painting.

Although we were without water in the house for two days until the plumber could restore service, things could have been much worse.  Thousands of people in northern NM were without heat for over a week – the natural gas pipeline went awry.  We were snug with our radiant heat and big wood stove.  And, though it is hard not to be painting, I am taking care of many little maintenance projects in the house, and making plans for an April show at Smink in Dallas.