We descend from the harsh heights above Purmamarca, into a softer friendlier area, leading to Salinas. Wild donkeys live here, happily grazing, descendants of burros set free by the Spanish army drove mule trains, following the edge of the Andes south. They graze here as Salinas is pure salt, refreshed every year by rains washing fresh salt to evaporate here. The land can literally blind one. The road cuts straight across.
“Bajo la luz y se llevo todo.” The light dimmed and everything was swept away … when a storm washed out the road to Tilcara. The intense reds and ochre are complimented by the greens, make the land sing. Yet as I celebrate these colours, I am told this is a harsh, challenging place to live.
We climbed up from Purmamarca: Purma atop – marca is settlement. Mesas here are eroded into gothic cathedral-like shapes. They are bare of animals, we are told. Ines is sitting quietly in the back. At the summit, I ask how she is doing. OK, she smiles but she has a touch of siroche. Selfishly I feel fine.
My book: “Carved in Oak -drawings of medieval pew carvings in English churches” – began my study of medieval designs in UK and Europe in 2010. For many years, I had devoted my art to raising awareness about built heritage in Vancouver BC, a city I have loved ever since moving here from South America.
While at high school in Ottawa, ON I first thought of becoming a painter, starting studies in Lima, Peru where pens and paintbrushes immediately made my thoughts tangible.
In 2001 I moved to the Okanagan valley, winning an award from the City of Kelowna for my submission to their call for am image of their emblem flower: the arrow leaf plant.
From 2006, I spent part of my time in England, where I had earned my art degree, drawing medieval pew ends. This led into my work on birds and leaves. … read more at: https://joscottb.com Jo Scott-B December 2018