In creating her "horizonscapes," Katie Maratta acknowledges an apparent contradiction. While the literal picture plane is incredibly small - one inch high and up to four feet long, the visual space it suggests is vast. The technique is understated and monochromatic, but the elements of the composition retain their weight and authority. Upon moving to Texas in the mid 1990's, Maratta was struck by the rich visual experience of West Texas. While these wide-open expanses and long lonely highways may be the stuff of clichéd country songs and western movies, they still evoke wonder for the artist who calls Austin home.