HOWARD ASHMAN PATTERSON (1891-1970), painter was born in Pennsylvania and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Henry McCarter. He had numerous solo exhibitions some of them at the Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie International and the P.A.F.A.
He traveled extensively throughout the Far West and Europe where he had an exhibition in Paris in the early thirties. Before 1940, he painted a lot around the desolate area of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The area is rugged and there seems to be good trout fishing in the area.
Patterson was an exceptional colorist who’s style was not limited to landscapes and considered a “modernist” in his time. The painting shown above was painted on location in Rito de los Frijoles, Los Alamos County, New Mexico and is west of the Rio Grande. The Rito is a stream running through a Canyon and home to the remains of an ancient American Indian Civilization, now also known as the Bandelier Monument, a National Park. The location is approximately 50 miles from Santa Fe. The painting seems to be made at the bottom of the canyon.
What this canyon looks like from the top we can all see and enjoy thanks to the fabulous photograph (below) taken by Razzu Engen and found on FlickR under Razzumitos photostream. Thank you Razzu!
This colorful almost sun drenched painting (top of post) is a small oil on board measuring 9″Hx11,5″W, signed on the back with the location mentioned. Unframed. Bibliography: Benezit, Who’s Who in American Art, Falk