Last week we went on a road trip starting in the flatlands of Kansas with Durango, Colorado as our destination. The first night we stayed in the reportedly haunted historic St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico. It was a bit pricey for the room, but we got more than a nights stay and supper. By the way, the food was very good, but the service was lacking. The patio area walls were covered with hand painted wildlife and outdoor scenes. The next morning I met and talked with the artist who was painting on the other side of the wall. Her name is Melinda Marlowe. I was surprised to learn that she does not place a sketch on the wall first, but freehands everything. I have included pictures in the Durango photo section. She is a local retired school teacher. I asked if she had been an art teacher. No, she was a science and math teacher. She informed me that she had completed several murals four miles down the road at the Philmont Boy Scout facility, approximately 1400 feet of walls are covered with her work. An example of that is also included in the photos. It is not normally open to the public, but since the artist had sent us, we were allowed to tour the building on our own. Amazing. When I find her website address I'll post it. Melinda was a friendly and talented local artist. I'm glad we had achance to visit. I will share other parts of the trip over the next few days. Please come back.
I am a self-employed geologist, land surveyor and indie writer living with my wife, Sandra, in a rural setting south of Wichita, Kansas