A Walk in the Parks

“Looking Back at Zion” (watercolor, 23 x 13 in.)

Having spent much of his life in Arizona and California, Memphis artist Larry Hughes has always gravitated toward the grandeur of Western wilderness, particularly the Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas, and Northern New Mexico.

“Memories of Stones” (watercolor, 20 x 14 in.)

Thanks to his earlier career in exploration geophysics, he understands what he sees in nature — not only the appearance, but also its essence. After developing studies outdoors, he returns to the studio to make finished works. In “Larry Hughes: A Walk in the Parks,” the Customs House will guide visitors through the artist’s entire process.

“Plein Air, Big Bend” (watercolor, 16 x 12 in.)

The watercolors, drawings, and oil paintings showcased in the exhibition were created during artist residencies at six National Parks and Monuments. Hughes recalls his experiences there as “magical,” and that sensibility is evidenced in his luminous visions of the desert’s pinkish tones, and the green and gold grasses flanking riverbeds.

“Kiva, Oak Tree House” (watercolor, 14 x 12 in.)

“Larry Hughes: A Walk in the Parks”
Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Clarksville, Tennessee
Through July 18, 2021

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