Coastal Desert Peru
This is another in my Gaea Series. Here I depict an iconic version of the Atacama Desert that borders the Pacific Ocean. The Atacama, like the more northerly Sechura Desert, is considered one of the world’s driest, which is ironic in that clouds pushed up from Antarctica sit over it for months at a time, blocking the sun and chilling the atmosphere to a surprising degree, especially considering its proximity to the Equator. The moisture obviously does not penetrate the dunes. Cloth buried centuries ago just inches from the surface does not deteriorate to any marked degree as it certainly would have done in the rainy regions of the country.
Oils on canvas panel 24” x 30”