"St. Aloysius" 8 x 10" acrylic study
As you pass Raton New Mexico, and head into Colorado over the Raton Pass, if you're vigilant and lucky, you might gatch a glimpse of the ruins of St. Aloysius off to your left. It's not easy to find, and it's harder to look at or photograph, since you are chugging along a 4 way highway over the mountains.
I have to say that I passed it and glimpsed it like a ghost in the mountains many times before I had the forethought and planning to be able to pull over to the shoulder "pullout" ramp and photograph it.
Thanks to my telephoto lens, I finally caught a reasonable image of the ethereal church ruins.
Now, before anyone decides to say that this is not a direct representation of the church ruins (I'll be the first to admit) surely you know my penchant for simplifying and reworking any and all of my sketches to my liking. In fact, this in no way resembles the ruins.
It does, in fact tell MY story of a long forgotten chapel in the mountains, wracked by age and time.
Recently I was contacted by the owners of the land and chapel and they are (or were at the time) raising to try to restore it.
I'll bet you can google it and find some link to show the original photos and plans.
Micheal W. Jones
Thoughts and work from a mid-career artist working his ass off every day
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