Vanishing Nevada

By-Passed (1976) by Cliff Segerblom. 20″ x 16″. Watercolor and acrylic on masonite. Framed.

The vanishing treasure of the American Western landscape was painted and photographed faithfully by artist Cliff Segerblom (1915-1990).  His photographs documented the completion of the Hoover Dam in 1938 and the splashdown of Apollo 12 several decades later.   In the intervening years, his skill as a photographer landed his work in Life, Time, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Nevada Magazine and Arizona Highways.  In 1984, Segerblom received the Nevada Governor’s Art Award in recognition of his skillfully executed paintings and photographs.

Unlike his photographs, Segerblom’s paintings are more difficult to come by, but they are equally impressive for his sensitive use of color, line and composition.  He developed paint techniques which were distinctly his own.  The two paintings shown here are perfect examples of how he uses his media to tell the story.

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