Estudio de la Montura

Narrie Toole

'Spirit of the West!'

"Estudio de la Montura" was born in the Mimbres in southwest NM. The house and studio was situated on a "saddle" of the Mimbres Mountains overlooking the Mimbres and Gallinas River valleys. A lovely, magical place which will always be dear to me. I still do paintings of a good ‘jackrabbit friend’ I made there.
I now hang my brushes outside of Santa Fe, NM where the light and energy fuel my creativeness. The ‘West’ is the theme for my contemporary impressionistic paintings. Along with my ‘critters’, I have a passion to study and paint individuals that display strength and integrity. Occasionally I throw in a mission or a landscape. My focus is always on the ‘spirit’ of the individual or animal. A thought. An emotion. Body language. A circumstance. What if? Just watch and listen...There is no difference between a person and an animal... they will tell you how they want to be portrayed.
Color is a real passion for me. I like color...I have been deemed ‘part magpie’. It is a key tool that I use to convey energy in my paintings
Generous acquaintances and friends have helped me on my journey to be a fine art painter...given me advice, taught me. I could not make it without them. Doors open constantly. It is a good trip,