A piece entitled "Desert Beauties," by Coralie Lee is seen on display as part of the Four Corners Art Association’s show at the Farmington
A piece entitled "Desert Beauties," by Coralie Lee is seen on display as part of the Four Corners Art Association's show at the Farmington Civic Center. (Jon Austria / The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — To Lyla Ransdale, paintings are like autobiographies of artists. Each painting tells something about the painter.

Ransdale, who describes herself as a Four Corners impressionistic painter, is one of 10 artists displaying their pieces at the Farmington Civic Center as part of the Four Corners Art Association's show.

"I've never wanted to paint like a camera," Ransdale said, explaining why she paints impressionistic style.

She said the style -- which depicts an image as if it were momentarily glimpsed by the artist, particularly capturing the changing light -- allows her to put her personality into the art.

For Ransdale, art is more than just a hobby. It's a passion. She said she has to create art.

"When you get in the zone of painting, it's like nothing else," she said.

Janis Tafoya is another member of the Four Corners Art Association who is participating in the show. She has two flower paintings and a landscape displayed.

Tafoya said she mainly paints flowers.

"I like a lot of color," she said, adding that the flowers she paints have lots of bright colors.

Tafoya began painting eight years ago but said she wanted to paint for a long time. She was just always too busy.

Then circumstances changed, allowing her to have more time and she started painting.

While Tafoya may be newer to the arts, Mary Morris, another member who is displaying her art, said she's been drawing people since she was a toddler.

Morris joined the association for the benefits, such as multiple opportunities to show her art.

"We get a chance to have paintings on display three times a year," she said.

IF YOU GO

What: Four Corners Art Association's show

When: Reception 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Show runs through Nov. 26.

Where: Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.