Road To Crown King

Road To Crown King

Near the peak of the 7,100 foot Bradshaw Mountains in Central Arizona sits the old mining town of Crown King. The road to Crown King was once a route for a narrow gauge railroad. It is now a dusty trail through the Castle Creek Wilderness, passing near Bumble Bee and Bloody Basin in the desert lowlands then up the mountainside to a sky island of old pine and hardwood forest. Of the many abandoned structures along this road, old metal water tanks in particular inspire Hilario.

In April 2006, Hilario travelled this road and studied the many old rusted water tanks. This Field Study inspired the painting “Dry Tanks” and the “Small Tanks” series.  The textures and colors Hilario encountered on the old tanks have also found their way into many of his paintings since that time. Can you see these color and textures in Hilario’s work?