The Cathedral Valley is one of my favorite places to photograph. A small state park in southern Nevada. The eroded benonite cliffs create caverns and monoliths that are very conducive to black and white images as well as color.
A peripheral, short lived,
captured in a photograph.
Never to be duplicated."
-Mark William Lisk-
Images from last weeks trip through Nevada in route to a warmer climate in Arizona.
The desert can inspire and change the heart of the beholder. That is true for the inclination and evolution of Jerri Lisk most recent series of paintings, Between Two Canyons.
Her current show at the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona marks her transformation into a desert series of colorfully illustrated works, from the Owyhee Canyonlands in her home state of Idaho, to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.
It was a cold week on the South Fork of the Owyhee River. High temperatures in the lower 40's and lows below freezing, formed ice in our water bottles and morning snow on our tents. The freezing temperatures were made tolerable by the jaw dropping landscape and the tales of an incredible woman that accompanied the trip. This was not an ordinary excursion, on this trip was a woman who in the 1920's grew up in an old homestead on the banks of the river. Her father worked hard, in a hard country, building a life for her family in the Owyhee Canyonlands. The stories were amazing.
I did not hear her complain about the cold, or hardships of the past. She was a positive woman, drawing strength from memories, and a lifestyle gone by. View more images of the South Fork Owyhee.