Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail

Oil on canvas painting: Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail by Timothy K Lewis
Oil on canvas: Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail by Timothy K Lewis – 10% of sales of this painting and reproductions will go to benefit preservation, education, and promotion of this historic trail via the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Library. It’s my way of giving back to our community and country.
Framed Edition of Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail by Timothy K Lewis.
Framed Edition of Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail by Timothy K Lewis.

“Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail”

Artist: Timothy K. Lewis – 2015
Oil on Canvas
Original size: 48″ x 108″

There are three sizes of signed, limited edition archival reproductions, offered for purchase.
There will be 100 Limited Edition Archival Reproductions available for this painting only.
The original painting is in a private collection.

Archival Reproductions available for purchase:

Triptych (Three canvas panels) Original size.
Size: 48″ x 108″
Signed limited edition of 100

One Piece (Canvas / Framed with dark barnwood)
Size with frame: 42-1/2″ x 82-1/2″
W/out frame: 40″ x 60″ (Call for price)
Signed limited edition of 100

One piece (Canvas on gator board / framed with dark barnwood)
Size with frame: 27-1/2″ x 49-1/2″
Signed limited edition of 100

Size without frame: 18″ x 40″
Signed limited edition of 100

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Price does not include shipping.

Custom sizes made to order.

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Timothy K. Lewis Art anytime by email or phone: 951-695-7540

About the location of this painting:

The Santa Fe Trail (established in 1821) linked 900 miles of open plains, mountains, and desert from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The trail was used primarily for commerce. There were two trails to travel: The Cimarron branch and the Mountain branch. This trail was largely traveled by covered wagon trains bringing goods and supplies for trade or sale. The journey took months and often the travelers encountered hardships such as extreme weather, disease, attacks by Indians (including but not limited to: Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Apache), arrests by Spanish soldiers, being stripped of their supplies, and/or increased import duties by the Mexicans.

It was traveled often by Spaniards, Mexicans, French, and Americans, who would often seek resting places and encampment at spots where there was cover or shelter from the weather, wood for burning, and water found for drinking. Much of the travel was done alongside creeks, springs, and rivers: The Missouri, Arkansas, Cimarron, and Rio Colorado (Canadian River). Travel through the high plains would distance their water source.

Use of the trail continued until 1880 at which time the Railroad, particularly Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe, changed travel altogether. Wagon Train wheel ruts along certain parts (particularly along the open plains) are still present and can be seen. What has been left behind is landmark evidence and the memory of a booming frontier highway of commerce. The Santa Fe Trail now passed into history of the old frontier.

This painting depicts an ideal resting place along the Cimarron branch on the Northern New Mexico high plains, just 8 miles northeast of Fort Union. This location is about ninety minutes north of Santa Fe. Wagon wheel ruts lay in the forefront as a reminder of the once traveled highway below the great sky of New Mexico. A temporary pond left over from a recent rain feeds three old trees which provide shelter with surrounding wood for a fire. The black crow positioned on the large rock is representative of time past, present, and future – artist version of time is fleeting. There is an inscription on the log by a God-fearing and loving Christian who once passed by this spot during a time long ago.

The Santa Fe Trail.
The rugged and harsh Santa Fe Trail.