Snow in the Arroyo

At 7,199-ft. elevation, Santa Fe, New Mexico is the highest state capital in the United States. (It also happens to be the oldest state capital.) It occupies a lovely high-desert location between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (shown in this painting) and the Jemez Mountains to the west. Despite its arid climate, Santa Fe enjoys light, powdery snowfalls every winter.

Arroyo is the Spanish term commonly used in New Mexico for a (usually) dry stream bed. Arroyos like the one depicted here offer a picturesque setting in any season, but they are especially beautiful when filled with snow, as in this painting. And during the summer rainy season, water often fills them up and races through on its way to the Río Grande.

Click here to see “Chamisa Time,” my painting of a flower-filled arroyo in autumn.

This original painting is available for purchase.

•   acrylic on canvas, ready for hanging or framing

•    24″ x 30″

•    $2,200 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)

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