The upper half of the page is dabbed with faint powder puff shapes of pastel color creating violet clouds against a gray-white sky. Below there is a thin pale horizontal line of blue horizon. From the bottom of the page to about a third of the way up the page, in the foreground is a wash of colors (blues, purples, reds) blending into each other, creating the illusion of water fading into to the thin band of white shoreline. In from the shoreline is another horizontal band, where red and purplish browns suggest tall dry grasses in front of bolder stroked tree trunks with powder puff foliage of red and purple rising to the horizon.

Dan Godfrey

There is a warm white border of about one inch around the outside of the paper, which has carefully torn edges. Inside the border, the foreground, starting from the bottom and up about a quarter of the page, consists of short gentle strokes of pinks, purples and oranges blended to create a dry grassy riverbank. Further up the page and on the left side, the light pastels mingle with darker browns that form tree trunks and shadows reaching about half way up the page. Through the trunks, tree tops and a bit of blue horizon are visible. The tree trunks are festooned with reddish brown puffs of leaves, that give way to a brilliant crown of rust and gold leaves.

Dan Godfrey has been painting as a professional artist since the mid 1960's after graduating with an MA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1962. Dan's work runs the entire gamut of media and includes watercolor, pastel, oil pastel, pen and ink, oils, acrylics and mixed media and even sculpture in metal and stone. His work includes as subject matter landscapes, portraits, nudes, still lifes and wildlife. Dan has won top awards, the most recent being first place in a statewide competition at the Bardean Miniature yearly exhibit in 1996.

The judge for this particular competition was Wilson Hurley. In 1997, Dan won second place in this miniature competition. He has written and illustrated several bilingual children's books. The most recent book of his was published by the University of New Mexico in 1984 entitled Wildflowers Along Forest and Mesa Trails. Dan's most recent paintings are in oil pastel, the subject matter being the Rio Grande River.

In the background in the upper right corner and peaking through the spongy, mossy textured blue green leaves, that cover most of the top two thirds of the image, is pale blue sky. In the foreground, thin graceful sloping vertical lines of shades of yellows, greens and browns depict tall grasses, and two darker brown converging lines, suggesting a dirt road, curve back into the trees.

Dan had a one-man show during the month of October 2004 at the New Mexico Art League on Juan Tabo NE in Albuquerque. The title of the show was Seasons of the River and included paintings and prints of the four seasons of the Rio Grande.

Dan's works are in private collections in all parts of the world, and he has had exhibits at the University of New Mexico, the Kimo Gallery, the Albuquerque Public Library and galleries in Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona, at Fairleigh-Dickenson University in Madison, New Jersey, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and various other galleries in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dan is currently a faculty member at the New Mexico Art League and had his second one-man exhibit in October 2005, the theme of Seasons of the River was continued in this exhibit. The exhibit also included giclee prints, which come as close to the original painting as was currently possible.

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