Story and Photos by Lee Daley. I’m not sure if it was “Purple Hills II” or “Lavender Hill with Green 1952” that gave me the itch but, when a friend gifted me with a coffee table book commemorating Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico artwork, I knew I had to set foot on the land that inspired so many of her paintings. The urge to roam the red rock hills of O’Keeffe’s American Southwest and breathe its sultry air was palpable. Was it O’Keeffe who called out to me or was it New Mexico? Perhaps both, but O’Keeffe and her artwork embodied the message and the messenger.