Hondo Valley Ranch

The Hondo Valley in south-central New Mexico is a special place. Hondo means “deep” in Spanish, so that gives you an idea of what it looks like. It’s lushly green, with steep hillsides and picturesque towns and ranches. But it also has an intriguing history associated with the infamous “Lincoln County War” and the equally infamous Billy the Kid.

Just after Martha and I set up camp between the towns of Lincoln and Ruidoso, I spotted this rustic ranch next to our campground. It was a classic image of rural New Mexico, so it didn’t take long for me get out the easel, brushes, and paints and do a painting on the spot.

Click here to see “Iris Farm,” a very different kind of painting from the Hondo Valley.


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.