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Spider Rock Arizona USA ~ Oil Painting by Barbara Applegate

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Spider Rock stands with awesome dignity and beauty over 800 feet high in Arizona’s colorful Canyon de Chelly National Park (pronounced da Shay). Geologists of the National Park Service say that "the formation began 230 million years ago. It stands windblown sand swirled and compressed with time created the spectacular red sandstone monolith. Long ago, the Dine (Navajo) Indian tribe named it Spider Rock. Stratified, multicolored cliff walls surround the canyon. For many, many centuries the Dine (Navajo) built caves and lived in these cliffs. Most of the caves were located high above the canyon floor, protecting them from enemies and flash floods.
This painting was created in my Grants Pass, Oregon Studio

Original is sold


Featured in
Spirit of the Native American
First People of America
Sold 4/25/2010


arizona, canyon de chelly, desert, landscape, mesa, red, southwest, usa, oil painting

I was born in Texas, raised and went to school in New Mexico and now I reside in Oregon. Although, a self taught artist, my approach to art is of places remembered from her youth. I’m a retired person who took up painting again in 2007.
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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic work, I have been in the bottom horse back riding and on the top , and you have done a beautiful job creating this

  • Thank You so very much. I appreciate the feedback

    – Barbara Applegate

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 5 years ago

    What a great view of this place. I have never heard of it. How cool. It looks like a painting!!

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 5 years ago

    OH, that would be because it is a painting…..I looked at the description first and not the title…..opps. WONDERFUL OIL ON CANVAS:)))))) Beautiful work!!

  • Thank You so much for your nice words. And it is a real compliment that you thought it was a photograph.

    – Barbara Applegate

  • Paul Albert
    Paul Albertabout 5 years ago

    Thank You ! Barbara for sharing this wonderful presentation of spider monolyth and surrounding vista, most apprecitive as well for your warm congratulatory visit to my rendition of Cliff Palace. paul

  • Thank You Paul it is an area I love

    – Barbara Applegate

  • Mitchell Tillison
    Mitchell Tillisonabout 5 years ago

    Gret portrait, Barb. I was just at de Chelly but didn’t have time to get down to the end to see Spider Rock. My appetitte is whetted for the next trip.

  • It is one of my fondest childhood memories, but the Navajo story of the Spider woman scared me to death when I was a kid.

    – Barbara Applegate

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 5 years ago

    Superb painting , wonderful subject. ….after my own heart! good luck with the challenge. (())

  • Well thank you so very much

    – Barbara Applegate

  • brigusser
    brigusserabout 5 years ago

    Stunning imagery……..

  • Thank You for your kind words

    – Barbara Applegate

  • aussiedi
    aussiediabout 5 years ago

    A great rendition of Spider Rock,, we were there last October, a truly magical place to visit..


  • Thank You for stopping to view my painting and the nice words of encouragement

    – Barbara Applegate

  • Harry Snowden
    Harry Snowdenalmost 5 years ago

    Great feeling of depth!

  • Thank You so very much, Harry

    – Barbara Applegate

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, your image has been

  • Thank You so much to the Hosts for this great honor

    – Barbara Applegate

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