Formed by ancient volcanic flows, Pedernal (shown in the background on the right) is one of the most recognizable landmarks in New Mexico.

This famous formation—locally known as “Pedernal,” without “the”—was the subject of many Georgia O’Keeffe paintings and the place where her ashes were scattered after her death.

Pedernal is located on the north side of the Jemez (pronounced hey-mez) Mountains near the town of Abiquiu (pronounced a-bih-cue) and Ghost Ranch, where O’Keeffe made her home. Abiqui Lake is shown in the foreground of this plein air (outdoor) painting.

Click these links to see “West of Pedernal,” “Abiquiu Lake Sunset,” 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

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