Río Chama Overlook

A high bluff above northern New Mexico’s Río Chama gave me this bird’s-eye view. Also known as the Chama River, this beautiful, winding river is a major tributary of the Río Grande.

About 130 miles long, the Chama flows from its headwaters in Colorado to its juncture with the Río Grande northwest of Santa Fe. About 25 miles of it is a federally designated Wild and Scenic River… for very good reasons, as you can see in this painting.

I painted a plein air (outdoor) study at the side of a road overlooking the river near the remote town of Abiquiu (pronounced a-bih-cue). This area is known as “Georgia O’Keefe Country,” because the world-famous artist made it her home for decades as she painted its rugged landscapes and fantastic light.

Back in my own studio, I used my study and photos to produce this very large acrylic painting of the river and the spectacular land it flows through.

Click these links to see “Pedernal,” “West of Pedernal,” and “Abiquiu Lake Sunset,” three of my other paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe Country.


The original 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.