Western Colorado's Grand Valley holds a unique gallery of iconic flat topped high ground rimmed with sharp edges that drop steeply eroded slopes and canyon bottoms. The early explorers named the formation higher and larger formations "mesas" as in the 11,330' topped Grand Mesa, the worlds largest flat-top mountain. Frenchmen apparently passed through the lower striated "plateau cliffs and Plateau Canyon that drains below the Grand Mesa. Add a Teapot, a throne, a few chairs and pot holes and you're ready for an imaginative landscape filled feast fit for a king.
This album is a celebration of all things grand in the Grand Valley. Please add to it as you see fit in your travels and observations in Mesa County and its surrounding countryside(s).
My ambition is to catch the eye and cause more enthusiasm for how sublime yet bright and movingly cool the Grand Valley really is. SIA 03.
"Show the Way"- 1997. Soul figure in foreground looks up. One hand painting the Grand Mesa Ute Thunderbird, another hand holds a key unlocking the sun. My first painting on canvas.
Night Glow of the Grand Valley of Western Colorado.
Displaying monumental Grand valley landscapes and architecture as one. Acrylic]
Sunlight on Mount Garfield. SIA 08
Grand Capitol of the West. A Star Studded Cast of Mountains and Towers Crowd the elevated Scene.
Randi on her vintage couch with three views of mountain, desert, and coast in the large windows. Belle and a tempting apple accompany her.
A cold inversion-snow covered Grand Valley is seen through the warm trunks of glowing willow trees.
Grand Evening from The Monument.
Looming Clouds over the Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa.
the Bookcliffs chief summit looms across valley from the Colorado National Monument sandstone rimmed cliffs with pinon, juniper, sage and Mormon tea gardened slopes.
Colorado's Pink Side". Randi Marsh takes it all in above the Grand Valley on a winter's day. Sublime.