There’s little doubt that the Grand Canyon inspires more artwork than any other Arizona wonder. But there’s a painting by Arizona artist Meg Newberg that people can’t seem to take their eyes off of.
At first glance, many people ask,”Is it a painting or a photograph?”
Long story short: It’s a painting of a photograph. Sure, the image appears a little too mystical to be a photo. But then again, so are many pics of the Grand Canyon. It’s part of the canyon’s allure.
After seeing this sunset pic from the South Kaibab trail, originally shot by Sirena Dufault, Meg couldn’t wait to put it on canvas.
“Sirena has an amazing story of overcoming odds,” Meg said. “She’s hiked huge sections of the Grand Canyon solo. I’m so honored she let me use the picture for my painting.”
Sidenote: Sirena’s Wanderings is a blog dedicated to her adventures.
The result was so amazing that Meg decided to add it to her professional gallery. Her oil paintings capture the natural beauty and unique light of the Sonoran Desert. You can browse all of Meg’s paintings in her online gallery at megnewberg.com.
Although Meg is an internationally recognized clay artist, the light on the Catalina Mountains constantly calls Meg back to paint and canvas.
She spent her childhood building forts in desert washes near Tucson by day and watching the sun set and moon rise by night. Time has fostered in her a deep love for every aspect of nature, drawing her to expand her horizons, spending countless hours canyoneering, camping and hiking.
Meg attended the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University and studied under Phil Stark, Brenda Semanick, and R.A. Heichberger.