Petrified Forest Artist-in-Residence Offers Painting Demonstration September 15 at NPC Painted Desert Campus in Holbrook

Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes

Larry Hughes

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News Release Date: September 9, 2015

Contact: Kip Woolford, 928-524-6228 x273

PETRIFIED FOREST, AZ (September 9, 2015)—Painter Larry Hughes, current Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park, will host a demonstration of his work at the Northland Pioneer College Painted Desert Campus in Holbrook on Tuesday, September 15, from 5 to 6PM. The presentation takes place in the Tiponi Community Center, Room 209. It is free and open to the public.

Hughes is a Memphis-based artist working primarily in watercolor, drawing media, and oil. With deep roots in Arizona and California, his primary artistic interests turn to western wilderness areas, particularly the Grand Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas, and northern New Mexico, where he works en plein air to support later studio work.  

Now transitioning from a career in geophysics to full-time art, Hughes couples his scientific experience with an aesthetic perspective to capture the essence of western lands — not just their appearance, but their heart and soul. His current series includes the diverse landscapes of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, “rimscapes” of ecology right at the edge of the Grand Canyon, and the problematic imprint of man on the land in the oilfield ghost town of Penwell, Texas. His paintings have won awards and hang in multiple collections. He has been selected for Artist-in-Residence tenures at two national parks in 2014 and 2015.

“What a joy it is to be an artist!,” Hughes says. “Drawing from many years of hiking western lands, of experiencing beauty both lush and stark, I am humbled by the opportunity also to experience the landscape through the tip of a brush and the stroke of a pencil. The process celebrates my Creator and provides an opportunity to advocate for the preservation of His creation in its pristine, natural state. It is a special privilege to engage this process in watercolors on wilderness trails, where I am enveloped by nature in all its solitude and changing beauty. That immersive experience of place carries me back to the studio, where I work on larger pieces based primarily on the field paintings and the deep imprint of my emotional memories of the land.”


Kip Woolford of Petrified Forest National Park at e-mail us or
Peterson Yazzie of Northland Pioneer College at 

2014 Last Kiss, watercolor, 30x22
Last Kiss, watercolor painting by Larry Hughes, 2014

Larry Hughes

Last updated: September 11, 2015

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