Colin Schildhauer's Explorations of Sea and Land
16X20 (oil on canvas) The Carrizo Plain is a 206,000 acre nature preserve home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife and colorful wildflower blooms. This national monument continually intrigues visitors from all over to bathe in her natural beauty, explore ancient pictographs, and tip-toe in awe along the San Andres Fault.
11X20 (oil on canvas)
20X16 (oil on canvas) I had the pleasure of painting out on the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. I was hosted by curious Clarks Nutcrackers as I studied millions of years of stratigraphy.
SOLD 20X16 (oil on canvas) 2018 My time spent in the Valley of Fire was only enough to make this painting. Bright Orange and Red rock formations that beg for exploration. The opportunities for painting and hiking seem endless. A return trip is currently in the works, see you soon.
20X16 (oil on canvas) The 2017 "Superbloom" quilted the Carrizo Plains with colorful hues of purples, oranges, and yellows. Cumulous clouds hovered above as humans enjoyed wildflower viewing below.
24X18 (oil on canvas board) A routine gas fill quickly became a 2 hour paint session. I became enamored by the regality of this ridge line, like a giant serpent half buried in the desert soil. I named the range "Dragon's Backbone".
12X24 (oil on canvas) A painting I made while camping in Death Valley last spring. Death Valley is home to the hottest and driest terrain in North America, but every spring, from the barren soil, vibrant wildflowers reflect the sun's rays. This painting was made off Daylight Pass Road just beyond Hell's Gate. As Golden Evening Primrose surrounded my easel, it turns out Hell ain't so bad after all...
16X14 (oil on canvas) I awoke early in Death Valley and hiked up Mosaic Canyon with my new back-pack easel. I settled in at the end of the path, and painted the morning light vibrating off the marbled walls.