Acquired as one of a number of works by late Bozeman, Montana artist MARION "MAL" LEWIS (1925-2010), this is a fine gouache/thinned oil mixed media work on art board, featuring the famous San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, photographed by Ansel Adams and painted by countless artists including Georgia O'Keeffe. While traveling through Montana I came upon a group of mostly collage, abstract works by this talented artist, this being the one non-abstract work. This measures 10" by 14 1/2" inside the present mat (16 1/2" by 21" as matted). It is signed in pencil at lower right in capital letters. Her obituary:
Marion Leigh "Mal" (Baldwin) Lewis (1925 - 2010)
Marion Leigh Baldwin Lewis, known as Mal to her family and many friends, died March 5 at hospice in Denver following a brief illness. Born March 13, 1925, in San Francisco to Dr. Walter I. and Marion Baldwin, she attended The Bishop School in La Jolla, California and later Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Graced with great beauty, style and a wonderful sense of humor, Mal was passionate about the arts and literature; an accomplished painter with a remarkable body of work; an untrained but talented architect; a lover of parties; a world traveler and linguist; and a horrific cook and housekeeper. While she was a bit of a snob about speech and manners, Mal acquired friends from all walks of life, valued silliness, wore blue jeans and always welcomed messes.
Over the course of six decades, Mal shared her married life with two fine men. She left Vassar College just prior to graduating to marry William C. Dabney Jr., with whom she raised two sons. She later married John David Lewis, with whom she shared 35 years of world travel and a passion for bridge, painting and sculpture.
When they weren't exploring some other far corner of the world, Mal and Dave divided their time between their homes in Denver and Gallatin Gateway.
Mal's friends and family will remember her sense of fun, her style and elegance, her generosity, her spirit, her strength and her honesty. She was curious about everything and loved the adventure of exploring different cultures and places. She faced illness and adversity without complaint. Her beauty and aristocratic bearing left an indelible impression on everyone she met. For every moment of her 85 years, Mal truly lived.
MARION "MAL" LEWIS (1925-2010) painting of famous Taos New Mexico church by Montana artist