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  • 17 Aug 2022 10:00 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Sample Paintings: 

    Tom Blazier

    Lamya Deeb

    Roger Gathman

    Cynthia Inson

    Natasha Isenhour

    Lee MacLeod

    Notify if your name is missing.

  • 11 Aug 2022 9:46 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Michele Byrne, “Monsoon Monday”, oil, 30 x 30 in, 2022, Santa Fe, NM, available at Acosta-Strong Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

    Michele Byrne is the Featured Artist in the Fine Art ConnoisseurAug 2022 issue.

    Michele Byrne: Michele Byrne captures the culture and energy of a city in her impressionistic paintings. Full of life, passion and movement, her figures tell a story. Whether Manhattan, Indianapolis, or most recently Santa Fe, where she now resides, you will find her out on the streets painting plein air. From these studies she returns back to her studio to create larger pieces.

    In September she’ll be plein air painting in Paris & teaching in Tuscany.

    Click here for full article.

  • 07 Aug 2022 2:13 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Billy and Beth Cooper — Blue Bird Studios and Horse Barn, Arroyo Hondo

    A look inside beautiful barns

    Billy and Beth Cooper owned second homes in Santa Fe for a long time, and for years they had thought about building a property here. Then in 2019, they built a main home, guest house and his-and-her barns and made Santa Fe County their permanent residence. Appropriately located on Joy Lane in Arroyo Hondo, seven miles south of the Santa Fe Plaza, the new property accommodates both of their lifelong joys: hers — painting; his — horses.

    That was the plan, according to Billy, who based the design of the nearly nine-acre property on his horses’ needs and in accord with horse trainer Clinton Anderson’s method. Charts of Anderson’s training techniques are displayed in the pitched-roof barn that’s painted bright blue on top. Each of his four horses has trained in Texas with Connie Harris, a certified Clinton Anderson Method Ambassador. Billy, who tries to practice daily, demonstrated how he conditions the horses to lower their heads when he places the bridle and bit.

    The Cooper horse barn was designed with safety and comfort in mind. Each stall has a fan. When the horses are out, an automatic system sprays fly repellent from the wood-beamed ceiling eight times a day. Surveillance cameras allow Cooper to view the barn and stalls from his phone. The horses enjoy nearly four acres of fenced pasture. Cooper also has direct access from his property to the arroyo that leads to miles and miles of protected trails when he rides. “It’s trust land and always open,” he says. The land is located near the Seton Village castle and extends out to the re-opened train tracks that lead to station in Lamy, New Mexico.

    Billy chose each element for the horse barn with Craig Shanks, who designed the Las Campanas horse facilities and the former La Mesita hunter-jumper ranch estate. “I love that I can watch and check on the horses,” he says, as he shows the live views on his smart device.

    Beth Cooper uses the Jill side of the Jack-and-Jill barns, which are connected by a shared bathroom, as her art studio. Her Blue Bird Studios ( is built in the same vein as her husband's horse barn, but with mud floors coated with linseed oil. Both barns have pitched, wood-beamed ceilings with industrial-looking steel fasteners.

    Beth wanted to design a creative space where people can gather to learn from accomplished painters. Even though the opening of the studio was delayed by the pandemic, she now has well-established artists lined up until 2023 to teach 3- to 5-day workshops. Attendees can also spend time with the horses, if they like. “And I always make Frito pie on the last day,” says Beth. She keeps a basketful of the bagged corn chips in one of the art barn’s kitchen cabinets.

    Blue is clearly a theme at the Cooper barns. Blue Bird Studios. Blue roofs. Blue kitchen cabinets. A blue bench on the portal inscribed “Cowboy’s Place.” You could even go so far as saying that double B’s are an element too: Blue Bird, blue barn, blue bench, and Billy and Beth. Perfect, for a story about two beautiful barns.

    See also Blue Bird Studios posted under Member Workshops

    Click here for full article with images

  • 04 Aug 2022 5:19 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Millicent Rogers Museum

    Congratulations to the PAPNM members invited to the PSNM's national painting exhibition:


    If your painting is missing please inform

  • 03 Aug 2022 2:35 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    My studio where you can see the plein air version of “Monsoon Monday” to the left next to my larger 30” x 30” studio piece.

    How do you find inspiration?
    Michele Byrne: Two years ago I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here everything inspires me and I feel like a kid in a candy store. The southwest colors are so much different and I find it a welcomed challenge. Rugged landscapes, sage greens, river gorges, waterfalls, historic churches and Native American pueblos, the list goes on.

    Last week when monsoon season started and I was eager to go out and paint a rainy street scene (my east coast subject matter). I set up my easel on the corner of St. Francis and Santa Fe Trail. I had so much fun painting this, I decided to paint a larger version of it.

    Read more here

  • 02 Aug 2022 12:15 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    2022 Western Regional Exhibition

    OPA’s 2022 Western Regional Exhibition is being hosted by Southwest Gallery, located in Dallas, Texas, September 10 through October 1, 2022.  The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 1:00 to 5:00pm with the awards presentation at 4:00pm.

    Congratulations to the following PAPNM members for their acceptance into OPS's 2022 Western Regional Exhibition



    Please notify if your entry is missing from this list - AND you are a PAPNM member.

  • 26 Jul 2022 8:01 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    PAPNM Member, Barbara McCulloch, has released a new artist’s workbook: “The Unstoppable Artist”, Discovering the Artist Inside Yourself.


    "My painting and teaching career began in 1990, outdoors in the mountains of Montana with watercolor as I guided students through Glacier Park painting en plein air. Then I fell in love with oil for its ability to modulate color as I traveled through Colorado and into my home in Santa Fe.  

    I created a comprehensive guide to art fundamentals that would be similar to an Art 101 course for artists needing precise information on getting started in drawing, painting, color and design in order to develop a strong personal style. There are projects designed to assist with plein air: field studies, composition, exploring color schemes and oil painting projects and examples.

    As an instructor, I realized that confidence was the doorway to progress, so this book is unique in that it begins with discovery projects which weave the students' unique passions and purpose into an empowering creative vision.  

    55 illustrated projects, and the contributions from 10 artists help an artist go from stuck to unstoppable. "

    Purchase here: Amazon

  • 26 Jul 2022 6:46 AM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition

    Millicent Rogers Museum

    Sponsored by the Pastel Society of NM:

    Exhibition: August 5th - September 21st, 2022

    Reception: August 5th 5:30pm-7:00pm

    Demonstration by Tobi Clement: Aug 14. 1-3 pm

    Tobi Clement has three paintings juried into the show.

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