photo: Douglas Kent Hall © D.K. Hall
8.23.34 – 12.13.03
Mi alma anda en cueros eternamente…
"If the unexamined life is not worth living,
Joe Waldrum is living one of the most
worthy lives of our time."
John Freeman Norton
The GraphicArts of H. Joe Waldrum
Bell Tower at Corrales
acrylic on linen, 40 x 40 inches
© H. JOE WALDRUM
There is a beautiful place in the United States of
America. It is in northern New Mexico between the two mountain ranges. This place is called 'The Cradle.' Its people, the land, and its elements are
special and peculiar. I find the genius of this place reflected in the churches.
H. Joe Waldrum
In 1980 Waldrum began to sketch and paint the Spanish churches of northern New Mexico. His decision to focus on the
sacred adobe structures of the high desert was the critical breakthrough in his art. . . . For Waldrum the churches represent the physical and spiritual reality of the Penitente people of
New Mexico -- the focus of their personal faith and a pervasive part of their daily lives. In 1982 he wrote: "The people of this area have focused their collective thought on their churches.
As an artist it is my job to distill that focus until it communicates."
Patricia Janis Broder, The American
West:The Modern Vision, (Little, Brown & Co., Boston)