On The Ridge
by Sue Zelko
Oil painting of a prickly pear cactus, growing on a rocky ridge located on Spring Creek Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. It was painted for a competition sponsored by Hill Country Conservation and the Arts. It was later selected by Oil Painters of America for their Salon Show in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Prickly Pear Cactus is a common sight in Texas, and is known for its ability to survive in the harshest of conditions. This little painting captures the tenacity of the plant, clinging to a rocky perch, backlit by strong morning sunlight. It is beautifully framed in a bronze colored wood frame with a beaded edge.