Posts Tagged ‘Pilar New Mexico’

The first thing I want to say about Stephen Kilborn is that he is a gentleman.. a true gentleman, a potter and painter, from Detroit, Michigan. He produces wholesale pottery and employed up to twelve assistants to create his now famous Gato and El Día de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” patterns that are sold in over one hundred shops and galleries around the United States, Europe and Japan. His wife and gallery manager, the lovely Laverne, tends the gallery on Paseo del Norte and Stephen spends most of his time potting and painting about 18 miles away, in his Pilar studio.

This is his studio in Pilar. You can see the bare trees out the windows… it was February. The large white hot-air balloon-looking thing is a peanut packing blowing machine. If you ship pottery all over the world , you would want to have you own personal one. There are no less than 3 dogs and 1cat in this image (may even be more) ….. Stephen is an animal lover.



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Kit Lynch is one of my favorite people. She is a plein air painter who lives in Pilar, a tiny New Mexican village along the Rio Grande (about 18 miles south of Taos) and paints whimsical colorful local scenes of Northern New Mexico. Kit is originally from the Chicago area and we immediately hit it off, all of us Midwesterners understand each other. She is always cheerful and full of laughter. I photographer her on Christmas Eve of 2005, in her studio, a former tomato plant greenhouse.

The windows and light were a challenge. Winter’s mutely colored sunlight streamed through the windows that set this unique space apart from the dark adobes I had been shooting over the past 6 months. During the summer, Kit runs Purple Canyon Arts workshop programs for both oil and pastel painters. They stay in her guest casitas and travel the countryside painting and laughing all day, it’s not surprising ….. they are with Kit!


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I knew that Inger Jirby’s Casitas and gallery were located on Ledoux Street. I knew that the 200-year-old adobe compound was colorfully bathed in the bright palette that characterized her paintings. I really only knew Inger as the painter with the Swedish accent speaking to me from under her Lapplandic fur hat. I’d ask if I could photograph her while we were both shopping at the grocery store, she told me to photograph her at her home studio, in Pilar. I thought that the perfect photograph would be the Ledoux Street address, with it’s quaint and beautiful, high red adobe walls encircling her colorful sculpture garden.

What I did not know was that her home studio was a beautifully rehabbed place with big windows and an outdoor deck that looked out onto the Rio Grande. The home was once a family store along the Turquoise Trail. Inger had transformed it into a scene from one of her vibrant gold framed paintings. If you look through the windows, you will see the river and it’s banks. Inger was right, this was the perfect place to photograph her. It took more than 50 images to capture all the exposures I needed to see the outdoors and into the interior rooms.


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