San Francisco de Asis
It was sometime during the winter of 2008, that I discovered Paul Strand’s 1932 photograph, “Buttress” taken of the adobe mission church in Rancho de Taos, New Mexico. I was intrigued by the image and when I searched for more information about the church I soon discovered that the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (San Francisco de Asis) had been the subject of numerous paintings by Georgia O’Keefe and was also photographed by Ansel Adams in the late 1920’s.
With construction that began in 1772 and completed in 1815, O’Keefe called it, “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards”.
By end of that day, I informed my wife that we needed to plan a trip to New Mexico. I was intrigued and fascinated by the simple beauty of this structure in “The Land of Enchantment”. The works in this series are the result of three trips to New Mexico in 2009, 2012 and 2018 and reflect my personal vision of combining photography and digital illustration through the art of the IMPRINT.