Acoma Pueblo Church


18″ x 24″, Acrylic on canvas, framed. Color Study No. 7, 2009, an original painting by Michael Alvin Hill. Repeated elements and symmetries unified by perspective intensifies depth and sense of purposeful strength. 

Interpreted from personal photograph, taken 8/24 1989 with permission of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. Ansel Adams first photographed this architectural masterpiece in 1941, from a slightly different perspective. The church was undergoing some renovations at the time I took my own photo. I omitted the scaffolding from this rendering. 

An excellent article on the Acoma Pueblo is written by David Zax in the May 2008 issue of Smithsonian Magazine entitled “Ancient Citadel.”