Dawn Patrol by Peggy Immel
30 x 40 in.
oil on linen
The 12th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art kicked off in early September with measures in place to ensure social distancing and the safety of both the artists and visitors. During Plein Air at Grand Canyon from September 12th through September 19th, visitors could watch the artists at work, painting along the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Now through January 18th, 2021 their work will be available for viewing and for sale at Grand Canyon Conservancy’s online gallery (shop.grandcanyon.org).
Each year 4–5 new artists are invited to participate in the event. One of this year’s new artists is Peggy Immel. Immel was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. After spending 30 years in Boston, she and her husband, photographer Steve Immel, returned to her western roots, settling in Taos, New Mexico.
In addition to the plein air work the artists create during the event, they also submit a Grand Canyon related studio painting. Of her studio painting, Dawn Patrol, Immel says:
“The break of dawn on the rim is a time of anticipation and promise, a brief period when the vast expanse of the canyon is suddenly revealed. My first sighting of the resident condors in the canyon happened at first light. They sailed like huge aircraft above the void. This piece was painted in the late winter of 2020 in the solitude of my studio as the world waited in isolation for a new beginning. During that time as I painted, I thought daily about the beauty and freedom that a sunrise over the canyon symbolizes. Those ruminations and the memory of the condors in flight inspired this painting.”