Her fascination with the region’s landscape and inhabitants is about more than its initial aesthetic beauty. In much of her other work, Dryden has experimented with “things that don’t go together”— female ballet dancers with orchid faces or foxes and rabbits dressed in fine suits. She extended that concept to her technicolor desert scenes.
“It’s the paradox of being beautiful, but also being extremely strong and able to endure whatever life puts in front of them,” she says. “The balance there is interesting to me.”
Continuing to work through COVID, Dryden plans to “just keep painting,” creating as much as she can and growing her business.
“I want people to feel happy when they see my art,” she says. “I want them to see how beautiful nature is and bring a little bit of the outside inside their home. Everything is a piece of art. I feel like people are so busy in their lives— working and taking care of their kids and all the responsibilities of life— sometimes that [beauty] is missed or overlooked. People take it for granted. My art is just capturing that nature and beauty and forcing you to look at it.”