Harold Joe Waldrum

Harold Joe Waldrum (1934-2003) Waldrum was an interesting fellow. He is one of the most significant artists to have emerged from the massive Santa Fe art scene. He almost singlehandedly preserved many of New Mexico's old and iconic churches with his art. He advanced color theory to new heights. Waldrum even shot a guy after he broke into his studio. 


Waldrum's friend and fellow painter Delmas Howe said he developed a style that was colorful, strong, minimal and beautifully designed. "Work that is imitated a lot these days," Howe said. "And that's the sign of an artist who has really discovered something and developed something in his style."

Waldrum found his style among the light and churches of New Mexico. He found the air and light to be crisp and clear. The people, the land and its elements to be "special and peculiar." He mused, "I find the genius of this place reflected in the churches."

With inspiration found, Waldrum used clean lines, rich color tones and distinctive shadows to show his love for the unique buildings. He masterfully blended colors to create work that was ahead of its time, helping to transform the Santa Fe art scene into the massive market it is today. Waldrum's resume is highlighted by places that every artist aspires to show their work in: The Museum of New Mexico, the Rockwell Museum, the Anschutz Collection and so on.