These paintings are a record of Northern New Mexico.

The paintings I make are expressions of geomorphology and time.  They are physical geographic recordings.  The way I like to think about painting as an artistic practice is that it is a series of movements within a certain time frame.  The geographic surfaces I record are also about time.  I seek out exposed rock beds and boulders and use soil from the site to make surface recordings of the earth.  I move the natural pigment, water, and pastel through the erosion path and texture of the rock. The result is a record of place and time.  

COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Gila River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Gila River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Gila River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Lake Sumner, Fort Sumner, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Lake Sumner, Fort Sumner, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Lake Sumner, Fort Sumner, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Devil's Throne, Waldo Canyon, Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Devil's Throne, Waldo Canyon, Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Devil's Throne, Waldo Canyon, Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Galisteo River, Lamy, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Galisteo River, Lamy, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
20" x 24"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Galisteo River, Lamy, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
20" x 24"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Galisteo, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Galisteo, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Galisteo, New Mexico
2020
soil and conte on canvas
20" x 24"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Waldo Canyon, Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Waldo Canyon, Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Waldo Canyon, Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Cerrillos, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Cerrillos, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
20" x 24"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12' x 16'
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Placitas, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Placitas, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Placitas, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Plactias, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Plactias, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Plactias, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Dark Canyon, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Dark Canyon, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Dark Canyon, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
2017
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
2017
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
2017
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Rio Grande River, Pilar, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Rio Grande River, Pilar, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
9" x 12"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Galisteo River, Lamy, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Galisteo River, Lamy, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Lake Sumner, Fort Sumner, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
30" x 40"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Cerrillos, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
12" x 16"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil, Pastel, and Water on Canvas.
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
2018
Soil, Pastel, and Water on Canvas.
60" x 72"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO soil and conte on canvas
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
60" x 72"
soil and conte on canvas
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Canadian River, Clayton, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Canadian River, Clayton, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Canadian River, Clayton, New Mexico
2018
Soil and Conte on Canvas
71" x 104"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Canadian River, Clayton, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Canadian River, Clayton, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Rio Grande, Dixon, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Devil's Throne, Waldo Canyon, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
20" x 24"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO Soil and Conte on Canvas
Devil's Throne, Waldo Canyon, New Mexico
2020
Soil and Conte on Canvas
20" x 24"
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Abiquiu, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Abiquiu, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Abiquiu, New Mexico
COLLEEN O'BRIEN NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe National Forest. Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015