Don Wallis

With large square canvases for a sense of stillness and serenity I juxtapose images to explore motion or a simplified reality of iconic images using vibrant colors to approach abstraction. I am attracted to iconic historical architecture, majestic vistas, predators in motion of Taos County, as well as closeups of plants and blossoms, and dance. I paint few rectangular oil paintings, usually landscapes and wide architecture.

Born on a farm in northwest Tennessee. I grew up in Oklahoma and in high school I sculptured and began a career in musical theater. In my 30’s I ran an arts council, wrote grants, produced festivals, and provided communications for the arts. In my mid-30’s, I began a new career in sales and marketing in the high technology industry and introduced new products and expanded market share of existing products.

In 2014, my wife Gilda and I retired from southern California to Ranchos de Taos, NM. For the first few years in Taos I sculpted in wood, clay, and stone. In 2016 I began oil painting for the first time. I like all mediums, but even though I struggle seeing colors (red-green color blind) and oil paint is not always easy to control, the vibrancy of oil paints is fascinating, almost addictive.