[nggallery id=6]Photos courtesy of David Swift and the Jackson Hole Land Trust
This year’s 33rd Annual Land Trust Picnic was held at the Bar BC Ranch, a beautiful expanse of open space surrounded by views in every direction. It was a wonderful treat to have all three View22 artists paint at the picnic en plein air – and for the 700 community members that turned out to be able to experience the project first hand! Kathryn spoke on behalf of the project during the speaking program of the evening. Here is a short and sweet version of her speech, in case you missed it!
“As a native of Jackson Hole born on the Triangle X Ranch, I was blessed to be surrounded by open space and this upbringing planted a seed deep in my heart. Luckily, early on, I found art as a way of expressing my appreciation for what nature had to give to me. Again fortunate, I later found kindred spirits in Bill Sawczuk and Jennifer Hoffman- two talented landscape artists who are also committed to capturing the spirit of the landscape. Together we are all tied to the land through our artwork in an essential way- it is critical to who we are and what we do each day. This is why we are so passionate about supporting the conservation efforts of the JH Land Trust through the View 22 project.
In our weekly painting sessions on JH Land Trust protected properties we do sketches, paint studies and glean other visual clues that help us to capture the essence of each landscape. It is our hope to create images that we can share in a way that benefits the Land Trust and brings awareness to the beauty and significance of these natural corridors. We hope that the images we create will tap into that part of the human spirit that requires both artistic expression and open space.
We are thrilled to be a part of this project and hope you will get involved in some way.”
– Kathryn Turner