Humans have been recording events and stories, creating visual journals, or chronicles, since the beginning of time. Initially using primitive imagery, these early scribes provide us with insights into the focal point of life during their time.
[caption id="attachment_media-1" align="alignnone" width="983"] Lascaux Cave Painting (Norbert Aujoulat - Center National de la Prehistoire)[/caption]
Eventually, more intricate and sophisticated methods of preserving history came on the scene. Using paintings, pottery, jewelry, woven tapestry, as well as the written word, man began to capture with more and more detail historical events, religious beliefs, family gatherings, personal aspirations and dreams.
[caption id="attachment_media-2" align="alignnone" width="3755"] The Hunt of the Unicorn (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)[/caption]
Today, artists continue to use various mediums to capture the essence of their surroundings, their personal interpretation of daily life. Whether using ceramics or bronze, silver and precious gems, oil or pastel, the inspired works of the artists of our day reflect that same desire of those early artists; the desire to preserve a moment, capture a feeling, record an event. Using ingenuity, skill and artistry they are part of our present day historians, weaving visual tapestries or chronicles for our enjoyment and for future generations to ponder and interpret.
[caption id="attachment_1957" align="aligncenter" width="437"] Hermosa Creek by Jim Bagley[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Lickety Split by Gerald Balciar[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1959" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Hillside Ramble by Peggy Immel[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1961" align="aligncenter" width="467"] Puma by Michael Tatom[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1963" align="aligncenter" width="465"] New Mexico Skies by Laura Bruzzese[/caption]