Earl Staley

"Cactus Hand" Small Green, Orange, Purple, Blue, and Brown Mixed Media Painting 1988



Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel


Colorful mixed media abstract painting by Houston, TX artist Earl Staley. The piece depicts a green cactus-shaped hand with an aura of neon orange along the outlines. The hand is depicted in the middle of the desert and against a bright blue sky with purple mountains. Signed and dated by the artist at the bottom left corner. Unframed but framing options are available.

Artist Biography

Earl Staley grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and resides in Houston, Texas. He is an artist and teacher with more than 50 years of experience. Mr. Staley holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He taught at Washington University, St. Louis; Rice University, Houston; and the University of St. Thomas, Houston, where he was chairperson of the Art Department. Today he teaches in the Fine Art program at Lonestar College-Tomball, TX. Mr. Staley is the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1981 he received the Rome Prize in Painting from the American Academy in Rome, Italy: he studied in Rome for 4 years. Mr. Staley's paintings look back to his artistic roots and forward to new interpretations of the myths and symbols embedded in his life.


H 9 in x W 9 in x D 0.38 in