Joshua Tree: 30 Paintings

Overview

Artist's Statement:
Joshua Tree National Park is found in south central California, located in the southern end of the Mojave desert and the northwestern end of the Sonoran or Colorado desert. 825,00 acres were established as a national monument in 1936 by Franklin Roosevelt and my heartfelt thanks goes to Minerva Hoyt, who was concerned about the destruction of pristine desert. She hired biologists and desert ecologists to put together the case for preserving desert lands and ...
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Overview

Artist's Statement:
Joshua Tree National Park is found in south central California, located in the southern end of the Mojave desert and the northwestern end of the Sonoran or Colorado desert. 825,00 acres were established as a national monument in 1936 by Franklin Roosevelt and my heartfelt thanks goes to Minerva Hoyt, who was concerned about the destruction of pristine desert. She hired biologists and desert ecologists to put together the case for preserving desert lands and lobbied the government leading to the monument designation. Later, in 1994, the monument was made a park by the Desert Protection Act.
Patricia and I wished to escape a colder than usual winter in our hometown of Boise, Idaho, so we rented a little cottage in the town of Joshua Tree on the edge of the park. Along with our dog, Douglas, we spent the first two weeks of 2014 at the park. The weather complied with our wishes, giving us consistent 60 degree weather and a warm sun on our backs. Every morning we would explore the park and I would do photography for my paintings. In the afternoons I would paint at my traveling studio and in the evenings Patricia would beat me in gin rummy - it was a most enjoyable two weeks.

I had spent little time in the desert prior to this trip and found Joshua Tree National Park a wonderful place to be educated. The series of paintings, along with my paragraphs of description and reflection, are an expression of that education. I see the U.S. National Park system as small islands of true conservation in our nation. I hope this little book reflects some of the value and beauty of this particular precious public island. --Mark W. McGinnis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495224584
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/12/2014
  • Pages: 26
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer. He was a professor of art for 30 years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

He now resides in Boise, Idaho and his primary media are acrylic, watercolor, and black ink. His interdisciplinary approach to art in the past has included paintings, artist's books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to series and projects of exploration and inquiry on a range of subjects including the U.S. National Parks and Monuments, Snake River Basin, science and philosophy, literature of India and Japan, world religions, religious elders, economics, foreign policy, nuclear weaponry, American Indian history, and explorers of the "New World." His projects have been featured in over 120 solo exhibitions.

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