miya’s tree ~ dixon, new mexico ~ oil on canvas ~ copyright dawn chandler 2012

As I write this I’m pausing every now and then to sip tea from a vessel formed from clay in the nimble hands of my friend Miya. Yes, Miya is a potter (check out her beautiful work here), and she lives in a cottage at the end of a dirt road in beautiful Dixon, New Mexico.

A couple of years ago I did a painting of Miya’s studio. If you were to stand in that painting, and turn around 180 degrees, this is the view you would see — only here it is October, rather than April. I’ve zoomed in on the distant landscape, bringing in closer the hills and that radiant, solitary cottonwood tree — Miya’s tree.