Settlers moved into the area we now call Arizona as early as the mid-19th century. By the time Arizona became a state in 1912, there was already a large group of well-known artists, both men and women, working within its boundaries. In the winter, the Sonoran Desert became a favorite subject due, in part, to the drop in temperature to a comfortable level. The other reason for artists to visit the Sonoran Desert was the dramatic change in scenery and plant life, including the majestic saguaro cactus. The paintings and etchings of these early artists account for the widespread, erroneous notion that if it is a desert, saguaro must grow there.
From Maynard Dixon to Lillian Wilhelm Smith, this Big Blend Radio conversation focuses on historic and noteworthy artists known for painting Arizona's Sonoran desert and its iconic saguaro cacti, featuring: Mark Sublette - Medicine Man Gallery and Maynard Dixon Museum in Tucson, Arizona, and, Victoria Chick – Silver City, New Mexico-based contemporary figurative artist and early 19th/20th century print collector. Read Victoria's article on Arizona Artists on NationalParkTraveling.com.
This Big Blend Radio segment originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Feb. 4, 2018.