The rugged terrain of New Mexico is stunning and rugged in equal measure, and offered hues ideal to her expressive artistic style.
Beyond standard landscape settings, she would also capture local tribal settings, as seen in XXX and XXX. Culture was always an interest to Georgia O'Keeffe and locations such as these offered potential for both oil paintings and photographic artworks.
She would also then take individual items from the landscapes and use them for close-up pieces, such as leaves, bones and flowers. Nature was her passion way beyond just gardening, and Ansel Adams had shown her the success that could come from promoting nature through art.
Many of the colour schemes used by O'Keeffe in paintings such as XXX and XXX are similar to those of Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dali. His Catalonian landscape was full of reds and oranges which produced bright, warm subjects for his work.