Jim Vogel is one of my favorite artists and it is always with great anticipation that I await his next show; 
and each seems to outdo the last.  He is a grand storyteller - sharing/painting the tales and lore he learned
 from his grandfather, his mother and the elders of the village where he grew up.  

Born into a family of 12 children in the rural Southwestern community of Roswell, New Mexico, he took to drawing intuitively  at an early age. He would hang out at the Roswell Museum of Art Center and became enamored by the work that he saw, especially that of Peter Hurd (a native of Roswell) and Luis Jimenez.

This certificate for outstanding work in the Department of Art he received from Roswell  High 
is a treasured reminder of that early talent and passion.

His first painting - his grandfather the cactus hunter.

Photo of his  grandfather...


T H E   S T U D I O

The drive north from Santa Fe to Vogel's studio in Dixon, New Mexico takes about an hour. The day of my visit was overcast and rainy, but the huge storm clouds that billowed and hung in the air just made the drive more dramatic and interesting. The tricky part was actually getting to the studio, perched just above the VIVAC Winery on an  unpaved incline that turns to slime when it rains. Four-wheel drive a must. Every studio that I visit has its own personality and I love to 'shoot' the details that tell so much about the artist. Here goes:

 A view from one of the windows framing the massive sandstone mountain - Barrancos Blanco.

Sans hat...with apron

The large, two-room studio, notes Vogel, has had several interesting reincarnations. It was purchased in the 60's by a man named Harvey - not sure if he was a relative of THE Fred Harvey of hotel/restaurant fame, Anyway, this Mr. Harvey had hopes of opening a Trading Post, but his efforts were ultimately thwarted and he returned to his home in England.  Next came the Hippies, says Vogel, who actually knows some of the folks who grew up in his house/studio. 

One of the magnificent signature frames that Jim carves
to embrace his painting...

His talented wife, Christen Vogel, is a tin and wood artist and has an amazing eye
 for finding salvaged pieces that she re-cycles into frames for many of Jim's paintings. 

Her tin-punching tools...

Photo courtesy of Blue Rain Gallery

Tucked below  Christen's large work table
 are bins brimming with found treasures waiting to become beautiful.

T H E   P R O C E S S

First comes the inspiration and then the sketch...

Lots and lots of sketches...

The day I visited Jim was working on a sketch for a new painting. 

He stands and uses a studio wall as his 'sketching easel'.

His muse below for the painting.

When the sketches are finished they get transferred to canvas and the Vogel magic begins.

If your familiar with Jim Vogel's work than you know that  his paintings portray  dominant figures -  exaggerated, larger-than-life, Fillini'esqueThe hands and feet are huge. The feet perhaps symbolizing an anchor ; the hands
 a tribute to the sanctity of work.

Jim Vogel's hands...


Represented by BLUE RAIN GALLERY

130 Lincoln Ave. - Santa Fe, NM

And he does wine labels - Available at VIVAC WINERY

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TODOS SANTOS - Chocolates & Confections - 
 is a nip of a shop tucked into Sena Plaza - just down from Santa Fe's Historic Plaza.

Your first clue of the delights within is the 
gaggle of silver balls, feathers and charming ephemera crowning
this diminutive shop's turquoise doorway...

Step inside and your senses soar; the heady perfume of chocolate fills the air and the mad/wonderful/playful displays tell you immediately that you have found a Santa Fe gem. The creator of this delicious wonderland is Hayward Simoneaux who opened Todos Santos in 1999 has been touted as one of the top 10 artisan chocolaiteirs in the country by Chocolatier Magazine. The shop has also been featured in Vogue, The New York times,Town and Country and on the Food Network. His career in chocolate began with collecting chocolate molds; then he learned to make chocolate; and combining the two passions with extraordinary packaging design - TODOS SANTOS emerged. 


Wondrous surprise balls...too amazing to open and find the treats tucked inside. 

Everything screams VALENTINES DAY!

Every nook and cranny and surface in the shop is filled with wonders...

Yes...even a hand carved Kachina Pez container..

T O D O S   S A N T O S
Chocolates & Confections

125 E. Palace - inside Sena Plaza Courtyard