American artist Ciara Barsotti’s vibrant and dramatic acrylic paintings on canvas are immediately recognizable by her use of saturated colors, bold cloudscapes, and signature science fiction-inspired features. Her recent series, “Space Cowgirls,” began in a painting class in 2016 and has expanded to more than a dozen paintings, in which she combines tracing paper, pen, pencil, and paint to capture the interdimensionality of her subjects and breadth of the American Desert. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and her first painting in the series, “The Domes,” was a finalist in the Bay Area 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Even though I didn’t grow up in the desert, painting the Southwest is in my blood; my Great Grandmother raised her family on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and painted those landscapes, too. This is my contribution to the ongoing love story with the American Southwest that I share with many people and makers before me. Of course, I had to throw in these “Space Cowgirls” because I have always been drawn to the fantastic in art and stories. I imagine the Cowgirls are from the future, coming back to a time when Earth was worth visiting. I hope my work inspires people to go see these landscapes for themselves and to do what they can to protect them for future generations.