Laura Gilpin adopted the architecture, native peoples and expansive landscape of the southwestern United States as the subject of her timeless visual narrative. She emphasizes the harmonious formal relationships and spiritual affinities of the man-made structures and natural environment. Her ability to translate the pure light falling on the buildings and landforms makes her images unforgettable. Spanish missionaries constructed San Francisco de Assisi, known as Ranchos de Taos Church, in the late eighteenth century, using the adobe technique of the local Aboriginal people. Located in north central New Mexico, the church attracted not only Gilpin but also Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and Georgia O'Keeffe.