TO JOHN DE PUY
John is a third-generation New Mexican. His grandfather, Chester De Puy, came to the Southwest in the 1880s and ran a grain mill in Mora, New Mexico. John’s parents moved east during the early years of the Great Depression, and John was born in New Jersey in 1927. His family soon returned to the Taos area.
John returned to Taos in the 1950s where he became part of the group of artists soon to be recognized as the Taos Modernists. It was at this time that he met renowned writer and environmental activist Edward Abbey who would become his closest friend for the next four decades until Abbey’s death in 1989. The two kindred souls made a vow to chronicle the landscapes of the Southwest – John through his painting and Abbey through his writing.