Tom Baumgartner – Ocotillix Rosario


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Artist: Tom Baumgartner

Title: Ocotillix Rosario

Medium: offset lithograph

Size: 11″ x 17″


In the Sonoran Desert, some areas get more rain than others. Around Tucson, the yearly rainfall is 12 inches, but in the El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar it’s closer to 3 inches, if any at all. Rain is usually sourced by a Pacific hurricane or tropical storm coming inland to die. Hardy, adaptive plants, like the ocotillo, growing in an area with less rain may look young but can actually be very old. How old? Sometimes more than 100. In between rains, an ocotillo dials its metabolism down to a crawl and appears to be a bundle of dead, spiny sticks. When it rains, it springs into action by sprouting leaves and bright red, torch-like blooms. Pollinators, like carpenter bee and hummingbird, are attracted to the blooms. This ocotillo was found in the Gran Desierto de Altar at the foot of the Sierra del Rosario Mountains. I was taken by the height of the ocotillos in this area compared to most of the shorter, ground-hugging plants and the sound of wind through their spiny branches.

Biography: Tom has painted in oil and drawn with ink for 30 years with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived in Tucson for 20 years and been actively involved with local arts organizations as well as the founder of Wee Gallery. A life-long nature lover, his art has a focus on the desert landscape,

Tom Baumgartner Exhibition History: 

A(maze)ing Maps and Legends 2016
Sonoran Symbiosis 2016
Desert Corridors 2017
Arizona Otherworldly 2018
Pollen Path 2019
Queen of the Night 2017, 2018, 2019
10 x 10 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019