DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun

10/28/17 Saturday in Tucson, AZ

It looked like we really wouldn’t be able to get parking near the Tucson Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography, so John dropped me off at the DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun while he visited “Bookmans” for some Louis L’Amour books.

Degrazia is a Tucson oil painter who became famous for his renditions of little Indian children. I wasn’t that thrilled with those paintings, but did enjoy his impressionistic rendition of horses and Pueblo Indians. He built his home, as well as a chapel and gallery on 10 acres outside of Tucson.

DeGrazia’s home is above. He died in 1982.

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DeGrazia’s chapel which burnt recently, thus the cyclone fencing to keep people away

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DeGrazia’s gallery floor, made with cholla cactus, chopped into 6” lengths, then set into the floor

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Mission San Xavier at Christmas celebration

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Paintings. He painted with a palette knife, leaving more for our minds to complete in his paintings.

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Paintings. He painted with a palette knife, leaving more for our minds to complete in his paintings.

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Paintings. He painted with a palette knife, leaving more for our minds to complete in his paintings.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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