T H E   E X Q U I S I T E N E S S   O F   C A V E S

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work.
We must feel and be affected by it.


To say that I spent my birthday in a cave conjures up visions of the Flintstones. But my BIRTHDAY CAVE  was magical - a carved sandstone wonderland created by a reclusive, brilliantly-talented artist - RA PAULETTE - whose passion for caressing rock into curvaceous beauty is one of New Mexico's best kept secrets.

I invited friends for an afternoon of champagne and hors d'oeuvres and to share the splendor of this secret place.

T H E   C A V E

Over the past 25-years, Paulette has carved 14 sandstone caves - he calls them his wilderness shrines - and each is a celebration of his constancy and his passion for WONDER.

"Most of the wonder that I feel is in the actual making of the caves," he said on a recent interview with CBS News. "Once they're made, 
I move on, if I want fresh wonder."

This cave is on the Northern New Mexico land owned by Architectural Ceramicist SHEL NEYMARK who created all the gorgeous interior glass lighting (yes there's electricity) and tile work tucked beautifully
 into the sandstone eddies and swirls.

The bathroom -  there's hot and cold running water - is amazing. The tiled tub by Shel is a tour de force beckoning to be 
filled and enjoyed.

The kitchen nook boasts the only movable furniture.

All of the other seating has been carved into the sandstone like ancient thrones - crowns optional.

And windows and skylights are everywhere bringing the outside in.

View from the upstairs bedroom where I spent the night after all my guests had wended their way home (Details on how you can rent this sumptuous cave/hide-away below). 


One of my birthday guests - ANGEL WYNN - is a dear friend and extraordinary Fine Art Photographer specializing in American Indian cultures. I invited her to bring her camera and capture the cave and my guests. If you follow CHASING then you know that I shoot tight; Angel's photos show the scale of these high-ceiling, carved rooms.

Wood circle in the middle of the floor in the main salon is a drum.

A working kiva fireplace anchors one end of the room.

cww photo above

View of the open loft bedroom above carved mirror of main salon.


Actually, it's me photographed (wearing a pristine white sheet) by Angel for her series - GHOST DANCE - SPIRITS AND ANGELS - opening October 31st.


Shel outside his glass/ceramic studio just down from the cave.

Thank you Shel & Liz for taking such good care of your beautiful cave and sharing in my birthday.

This Embudo, New Mexico cave/hide-away - 1hr. north of Santa Fe along the Rio Grande  - is a perfect romantic get-away or a very spiritual setting for a day or evening retreat. Contact Shel @ 505.579.4432


"Being in this beautiful cave was like climbing inside a Pablo Neruda  poem." CWW

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