Arizona Jewelry Box, Ruby Cholla and Turquoise, Superstition Mountains, AZ
22×28 oil on canvas
Part of the True Blue Arizona Arizona Highways collection
If the desert is a beautiful woman, then the blooms of the desert are her jewelry. Wandering through the Superstition Mountains in the spring time could rival a trek to the Tucson gem and mineral show. But you should do both. Arizona’s cholla cactus produce a such a captivating variety of jewel tone blooms. For this series I paired a variety of blooms with iconic Arizona turquoise, more specifically, the color in my grandmother Walker’s turquoise ring. A girl can’t have too many jewels.