I just returned from a short trip to New Mexico to look at art, paintings in particular. We visited galleries in Santa Fe,Taos and Albuquerque. I got a good intense dose of Southwest art. Art is BIG there. Landscapes featuring mountains, rock formations, indigenous people, horses, cattle, cowboys, cowgirls and ravens are favorite subjects, and sometimes whimsy. Abstract art, not as common. I saw some fabulous work and enjoyed some good conversations about art and curiosity about my art.
I sensed a deep cultural appreciation of art and creativity there. The people I encountered there, not only in galleries, were invariably friendly and generous and open. This is a special place.