Iris Farm

The Hondo Valley is located in a beautiful and historic part of southern New Mexico known as “Billy the Kid Country.”

In the 1870s, this valley was the setting for several violent acts of the “Lincoln County War,” in which the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett were active participants. There were massacres and back-and-forth killings of people on both sides of the conflict. Many of the original buildings in the town of Lincoln, which is now a State Historic Site, are still standing, including the courthouse-jail where Billy was held before his final escape and subsequent death in a shoot-out with Garrett.

These days, fortunately, the Hondo Valley is more laid back. It’s a very pleasant place to visit and one of the most popular tourist spots in New Mexico.

A major attraction is the famous Iris Farm, where acres of iris are cultivated for their bulbs. I was fortunate to be there when the flowers were in full bloom and workers were busy tending them. Back in my Santa Fe studio, I painted this acrylic from sketches and photographs made on the site.

Click here to see “Hondo Valley Ranch,” another painting I did in this fascinating area.

This original painting is available for purchase.

•    acrylic on canvas, ready for hanging or framing

•    20″ x 20″

•    $900 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)

Contact Bernard Marks if you’re interested.

Prints and note cards are available at

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