Double Winner for Kathleen Elsey

Kathleen Elsey's painting, "Rio Grande Morning with Pinons" has won Award of Excellence in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico annual juried exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The same painting also won "People's Choice" award!

This painting was made plein air south of Taos, New Mexico and past Pilar, into the national park, high above the Rio. "I hiked in about a mile and a half from the dirt road where I left my car. It was a beautiful morning. Not too hot. I managed to map out the painting pretty fast, then painted with no interruptions rather fast because I knew that the wind was going to pick up about noon." Details about this painting and more at