Saturday, March 18, 2017

Artist's Spotlight: Cliff Cavin


"Nambe Clouds" by Cliff Cavin
      J.R. Mooney is proud to showcase works by San Antonio artist Cliff Cavin. Cavin is known for his impressionistic landscapes and the current selection at the gallery does not disappoint. First is a New Mexican landscape painting that shows a large dominate sky and purple mountain backdrop. The foreground is rendered in earthy hues and is typical of the geography. The ample canvas size 38”x39” creates a window effect and radiates the imagery of rural Santa Fe or possibly Carson National Forest.
"South of Town" by Cliff Cavin
     There is also a Texas Hill Country scene of a spring meadow adorned with wildflowers. The purple and yellow impressionistic flowers suggest bluebonnets and perhaps Texas flax wildflowers. This lovely piece of the Hill Country is 10”x20” and is beautifully framed in dark wood including a brushed gold step that highlights Cavin’s use of color. Other paintings in the gallery showcase Cavin’s mastery of light. In a country road scene the late afternoon sun reflects off a tree and casts shadows on the road while warming the sky with a soft pink glow. In another work, he uses light to highlight a creek and the surrounding fields.

"Texas Memories" by Cliff Cavin
     The most unique painting in the collection is “Texas Memories” a 30"x30" depiction of a longhorn. It is a commanding piece. The longhorn is turned, fixing its gaze towards the viewer. The artwork would make an elegant addition to any office or study, especially for the Texas aficionado. In addition to his works in the gallery, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to announce that Cliff Cavin is one of the artists included in The Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists Art Sale & Exhibition. This fundraiser event for the Briscoe showcases over 73 of the country’s top Western artists. More information and tickets for the event are available from the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Cavin will also be the featured artist later this year at the Texas Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. Come by the gallery and familiarize yourself with his work.  


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