The image, painted in an illustrative style, depicts a Spanish dancer in colorful traditional dress stomping grapes to the music of a caballero musician in the back ground. “I wanted to reflect the rich and colorful history of New Mexico and it’s culture’” says the artist. “I am capturing the delight of the dancer as she celebrates the full body and richness of the land and its gifts that surround her,” he continues. “In my imagination, such a celebration takes place exclusively here in Bernalillo.”
Known to the world at “America’s Drawing Cowboy” and the nation’s only western contemporary pop artist, Darryl Willison is re-creating the wild west of “yesteryear” today. His fiery, bold and whimsical approach to his subject matter sets him and his art apart from the rest of the artist community. A career artist, Darryl is represented by thirteen galleries across the United States and his work is held in collections world-wide. He is also co-owner of Art Gallery 66! located on Historic Route 66 in Bernalillo in an adobe building that was a gas station during the hey-day of the highway.
“This image represents the festivity of the experience of wine,” commented Maria Rinaldi, Executive Director of the New Mexico Wine Festival. “It’s playful and great “poster art” she continued. “Vino Caliente” is number twenty in the New Mexico Wine Festival poster commemorative collection that boasts such names as RC Gorman, Betty Sabo, Paul Sanchez, David Chavez, Marcellus Medina and Rudi Klimpert