Each year, in spring and autumn, Galuszka visits the oasis at the northern end of Joshua Tree National Monument. Racing against the extreme heat and changing light, he uses a limited palette to reach through the mineral refraction of the mountains and mine their spectral interiors.
Queen Mountain, at the entrance of the 850,000 sq. acre Joshua Tree National Monument has been a constant subject for Galuszka's Mojave obsession. Using fast-drying alkyds he works from sun up until the heat becomes too intense, returning to capture the the lengthening shadows of the late afternoon.
Queen Mountain, 1999, oil on canvas, 26 x 52"
© Frank Galuszka 2009