About the Cover
About the cover: "Cherry Creek" by Diane Cornelius, was the winner of the 2012 Gila River & Landscape Show competition. (The acrylic painting is actually a sort of diptych, with the left side of the work depicted here.) The third annual show, sponsored by San Vicente Artists of Silver City, will be Sept. 20-22 during the Gila River Festival, at the Artist's Lair in the old Elks building at Texas and Market.
"I moved here from Wisconsin 31 years ago," Cornelius says, "to build a passive-solar adobe — making all the bricks, peeling all the vigas. It's been a very comfortable home."
A retired teacher, counselor and massage therapist, she began painting at age 32 to help get through a divorce. "It continues to bring me challenge, growth and pleasure," she says. "I've had some great teachers, the latest of whom is [Silver City painter] Tom Holt, from whom I'm learning the basics of shape, value and color in oils."
Cornelius goes on, "Hiking the canyons, observing plants and wildlife, has always been a passion. Sharing this wildness with others through my landscapes is a joy.
"Art is never-ending learning. The fun and magic are in the process, not the end result. There seems to be a doubting stage in each one: 'How is this ever going to come together?' It can resolve if I wait and look and let the canvas tell me what it needs."
Cornelius' works can be seen at the Silver Spirit Gallery at 215 W. Broadway and "A" Space Gallery at 110 W. 7th, both in downtown Silver City.