Grand Canyon Photo
I received six reference photos from two friends, Rusty Albertson and Jan Taylor. Jan, a Sedona resident and avocational geologist, has rafted the Grand Canyon 18 times since 2000 and feels that the Canyon keeps calling her back. This inspired me to name the southwest landscape I am working on as “The Call of the Canyon.”
The Magnificent Arizona Desert
As a contemporary artist based in Sedona, I strive to capture the essence of the stunning Red Rocks landscape while also exploring the neighboring Sonoran desert. The Grand Canyon and Sedona make up the heart of the Southwest, and their landscapes serve as more than just a backdrop – they are characters in their own right, showcasing the beauty of the Arizona desert with its various cacti and canyons. The influence of these landscapes is potent and impactful on anyone who visits this region.
The Call of the Canyon
Discover Zane Grey
Zane wrote 64 novels, ten non-fiction books, and numerous hunting, fishing, and baseball articles. Over 130 movies were based on his Western stories, and “Riders of the Purple Sage,” considered his most exceptional novel, continues to sell between 500,000 and one million copies yearly.
Hollywood Comes Back to Sedona
After a 7-year break, the movie industry returned to Sedona in 1930 and filmed movies there regularly for many years. Some of the famous actors who shot movies in Sedona include John Wayne, James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Richard Widmark, Sterling Hayden, Joan Crawford, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, and Elvis Presley.
Movies, TV, and Commercials
There is no consensus on the exact number, but roughly 100 movies have been filmed in the stunning red rock formations of Sedona, including TV shows and commercials.
Sedona’s Landscape as a Backdrop
Sedona has been a popular filming location for movies, TV shows, and commercials. Some were entirely filmed there, others included a few crucial scenes. Around 30 TV shows have used Sedona as a backdrop. However, as western movies declined, the number of movies made in Sedona also decreased. Nonetheless, some movies are still shot in the area, but not as frequently as in the past.