Since the early age, Merrill Mahaffey (1937) was inspired by the magnificent landscapes nearby his Colorado family home. This developed into a kind of a lifelong quest; rock formations, mines and canyon walls became his main "models". Exploring the Colorado River, Merrill Mahaffey has traveled along it tens of times throughout his life. Having studied in a few art colleges and taught art history and design, he evolved as an artist from abstractionism to realism while gaining a reputation for his panoramic Arizona landscapes since the beginning of the 70s.
Mahaffey's works possess a somewhat visionary quality about them. His quest is about capturing that very balance of light and shadow, that very luminosity which unravels the magic and mystery in the cold stones, their hidden shapes, stories of the past and perhaps of parallel dimensions. His recognizable manner is at the same time in vein with the traditions of the American landscape painting. The upcoming exhibition at the Booth Museum features 30 of his best paintings made over the course of the recent two decades.