Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

PORTRAIT OF THE Artist.(Final)

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Painter, photographer George Hight has had his own brushes with fame

Like a character in a Norman Rockwell painting, George Hight embodies small-town warmth and humor.

In fact, the 80-year-old Albuquerque resident once worked with Rockwell, helping him create a cover for the Saturday Evening Post.

Hight has spent a lifetime recording scenes of small-town New Mexico on canvas and film: Navajo mother and daughter weavers, old Western railroad depots, Spanish missions.

The photographer/painter and his wife of 58 years, Bonnie, owned and operated a well-known photography shop and studio in Gallup for nearly 40 years, until he retired in 1991 and they moved to Albuquerque.

Hight's work has appeared in Arizona Highways, New Mexico Magazine, Life, Time, Encyclopedia Brittanica and numerous other publications around the world.

But it was an early morning call one day in Gallup in the 1950s that made a lasting impression on Hight.

The man on the other end of the line was Rockwell, who had gained national popularity for his illustrations and paintings depicting small-town people and life. …

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