Artist Margi Lucena at RS Hanna Gallery

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“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve always drawn and painted. When I was little, I would watch my Dad at his easel. The smells of paint, turpentine, and linseed oil were as comforting as the smell of home cooking. In recent years, I have found the pure color and amazing versatility of pastels have made it my favorite medium.

The amazing and magical landscape of  New Mexico keeps me simultaneously grounded and floating on air. The light, atmosphere and color in the southwest are constantly changing. Whether I am painting en Plein Air or in the studio, I try to express what I see and how I feel about the beauty of the natural landscape that surrounds me. My goal as an artist is to establish a connection between my expression of what is before me, and you, the viewer.

Professional affiliations include:

Pastel Society of New Mexico, Signature Member

Pastel Society of America

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

Women Artists of the West, Associate Member

National League of American Pen Women

Recent Honors & Awards:

2010 -The Pastel Journal 2010 Pastel 100, Landscape Division, Honorable     Mention, Judge Paul Murray

2010 – Fine Art Studios Online (FASO) Jan. 2010, Second Place Overall,     Judge Brian Blood

2010 – FASO, Jan. 2010, Outstanding Pastel, Judge Brian Blood;

2009 – 17th National Pastel Painting Exhibition, 2009, PSNM, Artisan Santa  Fe Award, Judge Colette Odya-Smith;

2008 – New Mexico State Fair Hispanic Arts 2008, First and Second Place,  Pastels.

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