"Cabin at Big Lake" egg tempera, 2017,
9" x 15" S. VERSO: "Peter de La Fuente"
(p.o.r. call gallery)
This tiny cabin
was occupied by a dry-farmer/rancher sometime during the first half of
the last century. The winters are harsh, the winds
unrelenting here on the high plains near Big Lake. I visited this place
often during my daily runs on the ranch. To me it reflects
man's frail, vulnerable existence at the mercy of the elements.
I should mention that the Big Lake nearby is bone dry. It temporarily
holds a little water during the rainy seasons, but in general, water in
this area is scarce. Cisterns are often present at these
sites. Water was brought in by wagon, later by truck. A
term for root cellar)- was usually dug in nearby.