by Mel Fenson

Working both in oil and acrylic-ink combinations, Dee Sanchez’s art captures the spirit of the spectacular desert and mountain landscapes in the areas that surround the village of Alameda, New Mexico - near Albuquerque, where she lives and works. Her paintings are bright, colorful and cheerful. Her work ranges from miniatures to large wall murals.

Self-taught, Dee has become known for her vibrant paintings, which range in subject matter from representations of wildflower meadows to urban landscapes to impressions of quaint New Mexico villages to cheerful images of sunflowers.

Dee is a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Rainbow Artists of New Mexico, and she is a charter member of, an internet painting site, for which she creates small daily paintings that have been purchased by collectors around the country.

Dee describes her approach to art as trying to capture her first impressions or observations, “by looking at each subject and concentrating on the basic shapes and blocks of color, painting only parts of what I see and leaving out as much detail as possible.” She says, “ I want my viewers to feel my passion in my plein air work and studio paintings. I want them to be moved and I want them to feel what I felt when I first saw a sunset or a landscape or a beautiful sunflower.”

Dee was the Poster Artist for the Weems Artfest in 2010. Her work was exhibited at the 2010 Plein Air Group Exhibition at the Milllicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, and at the 2010 Plein Air Group Exhibition in Albuquerque. She was also the Poster Artist for the Los Poblanos Lavender Festival in Albuquerque, and has exhibited at the annual New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair Exhibition there.

Dee’s work is currently exhibited at Weems Galleries in Albuquerque, New Mexico (, and at the Copper Tree Gallery in Corrales, New Mexico.

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