"The freedom of the open road, the big landscapes of the Southwest, shiny Airstream Trailers and vintage trucks seem to call out for me to paint them"


Arriving after dark, we awoke to this beautiful scene the next morning.


12 x 12" oil on canvas panel in a black and gold frame

Before we sold our 1956 Airstream Overlander, we shined her up and took her for a drive around some local beauty spots in the golden evening light. The mountain looked very pretty with it's long shadows and the trees were bright green with their new leaves.

9 x 12", oil on canvas panel in a silver leaf frame.


Vintage Airstream at the Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Albuquerque New Mexico
I was given this photo to work from by the owner of this beautiful vintage trailer at an Airstream rally in Texas.  It is her trailer at the famous Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 in Albuquerque.

12 x 12" in a black and gold frame.


Escaping from the cold for some winter sun, we stopped at the Rio Grande Gorge overlook just south of Taos and still had a layer of snow on the roof of the trailer.

12 x 16" in a dark wood and gold frame


White Sands National Monument is one of my favorite places to visit with our Airstream.  The whiteness of the sand looks so improbable  and bounces the light around, making the trailer look even shinier than usual!

11 x14" in a black and gold frame

 

We were driving towards Texas through an open, almost deserted stretch of road in South-east New Mexico near Wagon Mound.  I wanted to capture the wide open landscape and the warm late afternoon light.

8 x 10" in a gold frame

 

One of my favorite camping spots ever was on National Forest land near the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  After being uncomfortably hot at Arches and Monument Valley, the nights were delightfully cool here and the views went on forever.

20 x 20" on deep gallery wrap canvas with the image continuing around the sides.


Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo Texas is a spectacular place to visit and stay for a few days.  Great hiking and fabulous views.

10 x 20" in a black and gold frame


vintage Airstream trailer surrounded by aspen trees in the fall
The glorious yellows of the turning aspen trees against the dark evergreens at Santa Fe Ski Basin were truly dazzling that day.  Irresistible!

12 x 12" in a dark wood and gold frame.


 

The best camping experience ever! Views and a campfire, nobody else in sight.

16 x 20" oil on canvas panel in a dark wood frame.



I particularly enjoyed how the truck and trailer sat in the pool of light in the car park.

12 x 12" oil on canvas panel in a distressed silver leaf frame.


 

We got our kicks, driving along Route 66 and parking our vintage trailer next to the roadside attractions and retro signage.

8 x 10" oil on panel in a black and gold wood frame.

 


One of my absolute favorite views is approaching Monument Valley from the north and seeing the monuments along the skyline.

30 x 40", oil on canvas in a gold frame


A gorgeous vintage tow vehicle with a mirror shined Airstream trailer by some monumental landscape - what could be better?

30 x 30" oil on gallery wrap canvas with the image continuing around the sides


Acoma pueblo is a magical place. Being around the rock formations made me feel both relaxed and excited at the same time. A visit to the pueblo on top of a high mesa called Sky City is really worth the trip.

8 x 10" oil on canvas in a gold leaf frame.



Here are some more of my truck and Airstream paintings, featuring the remaining works from a series of oversized truck paintings I did a few years ago, some of which are currently hanging in the Gorge restaurant on Taos Plaza.

Click on the thumbnails for a full view and more details.