New Mexico AIR

AW14 Rain in Sabino Canyon
Rain in Sabino Canyon, 2016

Oil on board, 20cm x 12cm

AW 49 Tucson Skyfall W
Tucson skyfall, 2016

Oil on board, 20cm x 90cm

AW 48 White Sands Strata Title W
White Sands strata title, 2016

Oil on canvas, 180cm x 100cm

AW 30 First sight White Sands W
First sight White Sands, 2016

Oil on canvas, 20.5cm x 21cm

AW 22 Blue dune sunset White Sands W
Blue dune sunset, White Sands, 2016

Oil on board, 20cm x 90cm

AW 07 Blue sunset White Sands W
Blue sunset, White Sands, 2016

Blue sunset, White Sands

En plein Air NM USA DS W
Sketching in White Sands National Monument, 2015

These vast, white gypsum-crystal sand dunes, north of Las Cruces, were a phenomenal source of awe for any visitor. [Image David D Sorenson]

AW 10 Missile sunset at White Sands W
Missile sunset at White Sands, 2016

Oil on canvas, 20.7cm x 46cm

AW 37 Cow Tongue Cactus W
Cow tongue cactus and arroyos, Hillsboro NM, 2016

Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper, 13.7cm x 13.7cm

AW 12 Ridgeline Sotol W
Ridgeline sotol, 2016

Oil on canvas, 15cm x 15cm

AW 38 Blue Agave Deer Hillsboro W
Blue agave with deer, Hillsboro, 2016

Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper, 13.7cm x 13.7

AW Leporellos in LC NM
Arches paper leporellos at Unsettled Gallery, 2015

One of the joys of the hiking trails in the nearby Organ Mountains National Park included seeing so many stunning cacti in their natural habitats.

AW 02 Sotol on Sierra Vista W
Sotol on the Sierra Vista trail, New Mexico, 2016

Oil on board, 20cm x 40cm

AW 18 First day out with Sotol W
First day out with sotol, 2016

Oil on canvas, 20.5cm x 20.5cm

AW Ocotillo sketching W
Sketching Ocotillo in the High Desert, 2015

Visual recordings of plants and rugged terrains were part of my practice on the residency.

AW16 Storms along the Sierra W
Storms Along the Sierra Vista Trail, 2016

Ink, graphite and collage artist book. [Winner of the John Anderson Acquisitive Award, Martin Hanson Awards, 2016]

AW White Sands NM W
The High Desert and the White Sands, 2015

AW Barrell Cacti NM
Barrel Cactii guard the Organ Mountains National Park, 2015

AW 21 Driving Gates Pass Road W
Driving Gates Pass Road, Tucson. Oil on board, 2016

20cm x 90cm. These works developed following a 2015 residency in New Mexico, USA. Click the Story for more images and detail.

AW Saguaro Tucson W
Saguaro cactus, Arizona, 2015

Sabino Canyon in Arizona is one of the northern reaches of the Saguaro Cactus. Massive, ancient, prolific in this region.

AW 15 Flooded crossing Sabino Canyon W
Flooded crossing Sabino Canyon, Arizona, 2016

Oil on board, 20cm x 12cm

New Mexico Artist in Residence

2015 WIDE BAY HIGH DESERT Group Exchange Exhibition | Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery + Unsettled Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico USA

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2016 Road to Somewhere Exhibition | Adrienne Williams and Jenny Gilbertson | Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough

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2016 New Mexico Landscapes Exhibition | Adrienne Williams | Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane

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In 2015 Adrienne was selected by Bundaberg Regional Galleries to travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico USA, as Artist in Residence.

The residency was a component of the Wide Bay High Desert II project, an initiative of Bundaberg Regional Galleries and Unsettled Gallery in Las Cruces. It included an exchange of artworks for two concurrent exhibitions, by six regional artists from each country, and an Artist in Residency opportunity for two Bundaberg artists. Adrienne shared the residency experience with artist Marlies Oakley.

Whilst in Las Cruces, Adrienne met and sketched in the elevated desert with local artists, took part in gallery talks, and presented an artist talk at the New Mexico State University. The rugged desert landscapes and the immense cultural and architectural impressions of the region led to making her many small works both in country and upon returning home.

Works were shown in the joint exhibition Road to Somewhere with artist Jenny Gilbertson at Gatakers ArtSpace in Maryborough, and further works were shown at a solo exhibition at Red Hill Gallery.

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Nopal cactus

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Small White Sands works in progress