Ventana Fine Art - Art Galleries Santa Fe NM - Contemporary Artist

A Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM

Ventana Fine Art is located in the historical red brick schoolhouse on Santa Fe's famous Canyon Road. For 35 years, Ventana has enjoyed the reputation as one of the Southwest's premier exhibition spaces, showcasing the best in contemporary American painting and sculpture. Our comfortable sun-filled gallery opens to two inviting, beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, and visitors are welcomed seven days a week.

Martha Braun installed


Let us help you visualize a Martha Braun painting in your home.

Ever wonder what a Martha Braun painting would look like in your home?  We have some installation pictures below to give you an idea on what it might look like.  If you have a blank wall in your home and want to know what a Braun painting would look like on your wall go ahead and send us a digital picture of the space and we can photoshop a painting into the picture to give you an idea of color and size.  We do this for our clients all the time! 

Martha Braun is also very happy to paint a commission for you home that matches the exact size and color palette of your choice.  If you are interested in her work please let us know!


John Axton and Jennifer Davenport: Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries

         Ventana Fine Art presents new works by two modern masters, John Axton and Jennifer Davenport starting with a reception on Friday, June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Technical virtuosity, exquisite balance in form and color, and original approaches to abstraction and non-objective design have brought both artists decades of success with private and corporate collectors. “Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries”  runs through July 5.

 John Axton                            Diving for Pearls                                  10" X 14"                             Oil

 John Axton                           Diving for Pearls                                 10" X 14"                             Oil

John Axton has been with Ventana Fine Art Gallery since we opened. During this period, his simple, dramatic, often haunting imagery has created a large following. His minimal horizons - even a single marble - draw the viewer into the canvas to peacefully contemplate the fusion of reality and imagination. John was awarded a "Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award" by his alma mater, Southern Illinois University, in 1988, when they established a summer arts program in his name. 

Jennifer Davenport                     Sea of Pearls                 60" X 60"                         Acrylic

Jennifer Davenport                    Sea of Pearls                60" X 60"                         Acrylic

What makes an abstract artist great?  Jennifer Davenport has found and applied the answers over three successful decades as a professional painter. Her work has evolved from monotypes which grace countless corporate and individual collections to paintings on canvas, and through several stylistic periods to her current phase, which is characterized by utter mastery of design and a virtuosic arsenal of technical skills. Davenport applies a formidable range of painterly powers to her naturally inventive genius for color, composition, and form.  With her innate and highly refined ability to bring the full scope of the acrylic medium’s potential to its highest and best use, namely paintings that engage the eye, the intellect, and the emotions, Davenport paintings connect effortlessly with every viewer who sees her work, from the novice to the most discerning connoisseur of fine art. 

John Axton

Artist Statment:

      As a painter, I express ideas and emotions best with light, color, and form on two-dimensional surfaces. Over more than 40 years as a professional painter, I have enjoyed the good fortune of excellent gallery representation and enthusiastic collectors who have done the talking for me.  I paint because I cannot think of a higher life purpose than to bring joy and satisfaction to others through the magic of purposeful painting. New Mexico has given me everything: phenomenal color, amazing light, magnificent nature, and wonderful people who appreciate the geography, the climate and the history. I paint every day and have never tired of learning from each session at the easel.

                     The Waters of Nambe                                              40" X 48"                                                                 Oil

                    The Waters of Nambe                                              40" X 48"                                                                 Oil

Jean Richardson

Statement by the artist:

The image of the horse is the perfect vehicle to express my true subjects; motion and energy. The horse as a real being is lovely in itself and I enjoy the power, the speed, and the physical beauty of the animal. My paintings, however, take this real image and make it a symbol. The horse as a metaphor for the human spirit; unbridled, striving, sometimes heroic, often restless, full of energy, floating above us, calling us to other realms.

I propose that this is not a new theme. Every culture has had at the center of its stories about itself a mythical figure of the horse. From the incredible images on the walls of prehistoric caves, to the tales of Norse mythology, to the modern play “Equus”, the horse has been powerfully represented in the arts.

In this tradition, but in the contemporary vocabulary of modern painting, I have tried to explore my subject and find therein my own emotional response.


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