Abiquiu Lake Sunset

My wife and I were camping close to the edge of this famous lake in northern New Mexico. Located near the town of Abiquiu (pronounced a-bih-cue), it’s a key part of the area known as “Georgia O’Keeffe Country,” because that’s where the world-famous artist lived and worked for decades.

By the time the sun was dropping toward that split in the rocks, I already had my easel set up on a hill overlooking the lake. It was impossible to predict when the sunset colors would peak, so I made a sketch of the scene and took a series of photos that got better and better as the sun went lower and lower. I used that sketch and the photos when I made this final painting in my studio.

This is not an exaggeration of the sunset we enjoyed that evening. It was one of the most magnificent I’ve ever seen.

Click these links to see “Pedernal,” “West of Pedernal,” and “Río Chama Overlook,” three of my other paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe Country.


The original acrylic painting was sold to a private collector by an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Prints and note cards are available at FineArtAmerica.com.


This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.