Roger Hayden Johnson
Roger Hayden Johnson captures the rich colors of sunlight at dawn and dusk in his architectural landscapes and seascapes. He travels the back roads of the Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado) in search of old and indigenous architectural structures. He also loves to explore fishing harbors throughout Europe for small wooden boats. Then in the few short minutes right after sunrise or the fleeting moments before sundown, he takes photos in his favorite light — that spectacular long-shadowed light of intense, rich color and cool, deep shadow. It's this special light that brings a sense of stillness and tranquility to Johnson's paintings.
Although the photographs rarely capture the intensity of color and emotion Johnson experiences as he stands in the golden light of sunrise and sunset, the artist reinvents the beauty of the moment in his studio. On canvas he rearranges buildings, eliminates clutter, refines the composition, and adjusts the contrast. With skill developed over decades of painting, he reproduces the color, energy, and excitement of the scene that almost took his breath away in the instant when the shutter snapped.
After moving to Colorado in 1984, Johnson began traveling into the mountains and valleys of northern New Mexico, where he fell in love with the earth-colored thick walls of old adobe buildings. With small Spanish-speaking communities clustered around churches, the area reminded him of Europe. And when the sun slanted low across these solid, age-graced structures, he was hooked.
New Mexico sculptor, Hib Sabin creates masks, spirit sticks, amulets, spirit bowls, and boats, often incorporating creatures such as- wolves, owls, ravens, bears, coyotes, and eagles. The pieces are finished in watercolor and acrylic and then steel wool and sandpaper are incorporated to create an aged quality. Juniper and pinon woods are used most often as they are both native to New Mexico. He is inspired by Shamanic practices from tribal cultures around the world. The sculptor has traveled across the world studying traditions and cultures, including those of the curanderos in Mexico and tribes in India. Hib is inspired by Inuit sculptures, Mexican folk art and the mythological cultures of Native Americans. Hib carves animals and instills them with an energy that captivates the viewer. Many of the pieces he carves are custom made, honoring specific totem animals requested by patrons. He is particularly interested in the symbolism of bears, wolves, ravens and owls, and they appear in many of his works.