Shadows of San Xavier by George Hallmark
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Founded in 1692, Mission San Xavier del Bac is situated in the center of a Papago Indian settlement, along the banks of the Santa Cruz River, approximately seven miles south of present day Tucson, Arizona. Construction of the mission required 14 years of labor from 1783 to 1797. The mission has been restored many times and has retained its beautiful, white, stucco exterior. This painting depicts the late afternoon arrival of supplies by burro caravan; while being unloaded, the donkeys are enjoying the "Shadows of San Xavier".
About The Artist
Born and raised in north-central Texas, George Hallmark was an architectural designer and commercial artist before turning to easel painting. Voted the official Texas State Artist in 1988, his work hangs in many prestigious private and corporate collections, including those of Texas Instruments, the Medical Heritage Collection, the Texas Capitol, MBNA, and the Capitol in Washington, D.C. He is an honorary lifetime member of the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association.
Hallmark’s work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, and U.S. Art magazines. He is an annual participant in the Prix de West Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The artist also participates in the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis.
Hallmark has come full circle to his architectural roots. His love of the subject is prominent in his unique, painterly style in the delineation of stucco walls, tile roofs, and long shadows in his beautiful works. He is currently completing new paintings from recent trips to Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy.
The artist’s originals are represented by Trailside Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona, Whistle Pik Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, as well as Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work is reproduced by Somerset Fine Art in Houston, Texas.
George and his wife, Lisa, reside in a picturesque home with a studio overlooking the Bosque River Valley in Bosque County, Texas.
“The longer I paint, the more I enjoy this wonderful blessing of creation. The good Lord gave me this incredible desire to be an artist; the rest has been just plain, hard work.”
- George Hallmark
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