Douglas Johnson's tiny, exquisite gouache paintings depict the heaven and earth of northern New Mexico, its past and present, flower and bird, man and woman, costume and skin. With jewel-like color and the craft of an Indian miniaturist, he draws us down, into and through the many facets of his vision of this beautiful and complicated region.While much of Johnson's art is inspired by the past - by the glorious architecture of Chaco Canyon, the nature-rooted ceremonials of the Anasazi and their connections with the great Aztec and Mayan cultures of the south - its subject is really the present, his daily response to life in and around his home near Coyote, a village west of Abiquiu.Nature, the artist maintains, has been his primary teacher. 'I've learned by examining light and shadow,' he said, 'weather, color, flowers, the birds, it's all out there.' Shown at the Parks Gallery.
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