17x21, oil on canvas
Webb holds a Masters in Art Education and taught art in Albuquerque Public Schools for fifteen years, recognized as a Golden Apple Distinguished Teacher. In 2016 she was given the Albuquerque Art Treasure award for her work both as an artist and as an art educator. Three years ago, Webb retired from the public schools and is now back in the studio full time. These works are primarily done en plein air around New Mexico.
I like to think I grew up, at least as an artist, in Taos. I got here in 1973 when I was twenty. It was like coming home. I had always been an artist, but never knew any real artists and here I was surrounded by a multitude, like Jim Wagner and Tom Noble, who were actually making a living doing what they loved. During the 70’s I was a tapestry weaver but soon knew I had to return to painting. I started going out painting with Alyce Frank, Barbara Zaring, Judy Gentry and other Taos artists. During the 80’s I painted the landscape endlessly and became known as a colorist. Towards the late 80’s I studied with Fritz Scholder and moved towards abstraction. It was not a surprise that the shapes, colors, lines and textures of the landscape found their way into my abstracts.
My focus today is primarily on the landscape and I paint outside almost every week. My heart is in northern New Mexico and the majority of works in this collection of oil paintings, done over the past two years, document the light and textures found along the highways and backroads from Albuquerque to Taos and Abiquiu, to Santa Fe and to Jemez Springs. I have always been inspired by the colors and shapes of the landscape here which are at one moment sweet and subtle and in the next moment fierce and thunderous.