This was from a drawing made back when I lived in Albuquerque from a drawing of Mt Sandias, which overshadows the whole city on it’s east side like an ever present guardian. The drawing was titled “Love what that Mountain does with It’s Clouds”, inspired by the clouds always dancing around the mountain in weird shapes adding to the ever changing poses of this ubiquitous mountain. It seemed as you changed your place by driving around town, when you looked at the mountain you would see a completely different mountain with different shaped clefts and hillsides. In the painting the city of Albuquerque would exist where all the green trees are in the painting already taking Mt Sandias out of it’s element of SW New Mexico desert country. I liked trees there more than the idea of recreating that city under that beautiful moutain. The name Mt. Sandias means ‘watermelon’ inspired by observations of the Indians that when the western sun sets it would often shine a red light on the mountainside coloring it purple like a watermelon along with specks of seeds made by its trees. Mt. Sandias is definitely one of the most interesting mountains I’ve ever met in my life. Lot’s of character.