Emily Boespflug – Bar Cross Ranch

I was in awe soon after dropping down the shallow slope from the highway into the Bar Cross Ranch near Cora. The uppermost peaks of the Wind River Range peeking over the foothills remained snow-covered though July was upon us. I paused with painting in mind but the mosquito swarm was worse than I’d ever experienced and I lived Central Florida for 3 years! I chose to continue onto other dirt roads throughout the property seeking a view away from the mosquito laden area I fell in love with upon arrival. Rolling foothills, black Angus and a mountainous horizon were included in every angle so I chose a distant view of the ranch house for my first painting. 

I knew I would soon have to brave the bugs for the most epic painting and returned the next day at sunset to experience the perfect light crossing the golden grasslands and warming the snowy peaks. A powerful, yet soothing energy ensued as I pushed through the evening hours the following weekend to capture the genuine spirit of the land, somehow ignoring the mosquitoes infesting my eyes, mouth, ears and every inch of my paint. After turning in my paintings I learned that I wasn’t the only one to be touched by the unique beauty of this working ranch. I shared a similar meditative focus with some of our most influential and inspiring humans including members of the Kennedy family and the Grateful Dead, who at some point had also retreated to the solitude found within this special property for their own creative aspirations. What a profound experience!

– Emily Boespflug

View22: Field Study Works Now Available Online!

In 2017, we invited 21 local artists to create place-inspired art on 18 Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation properties in Teton, Fremont, and Sublette counties. The momentum for the project built over the summer as artists created their works and interacted with the community at artist demonstrations at the R Lazy S, and the Teton Food Tour.

View22: Field Study will culminate this Sunday, August 13th, 2017 with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 37th Annual Picnic at the Hardeman North Meadow in Wilson.

The 80 finished works are now available for viewing and purchase through our downloadable e-catalog! The catalog will be updated periodically to reflect sales.

For inquiries regarding art sales please contact Roxanne Pierson at roxanne@jhlandtrust.org or 307-733-4707.

Kathy Wipfler – Snake River Ranch

The pastures just east of the Village Road are under conservation easements from the good folks at the Snake River Ranch. I painted on the ranch as a young artist in the 1980’s, as the Resor family was very generous to allow artists access to the property.

I have enjoyed reconnecting with Bill Resor for the View 22 project this year, and he took me on a tour of their conserved land. I have been very impressed with the quality of the cattle pastures there, as they are in excellent condition. The ranch uses the ‘intensive grazing’ method, which involves more work to rotate the cattle more often, but this allows the grass to regenerate quickly (it’s a very short growing season here), and the cattle prefer the new growth grass. Being somewhat of a cowgirl, I was happy to paint their herd!

The Resor family has been very kind to share the property over many years, and I thoroughly enjoyed painting there.

– Kathy Wipfler

Bronwyn Minton

Tree Rubbings, Huidekoper Ranch, Summer 2017

These works are made using a variation of the traditional Chinese stone rubbings that have been used since approximately 100 A.D.

My method involves pressing wet rice paper into the bark of the tree and applying ink to the paper. I use encaustic to seal the paper and create transparency.

I have been using this technique to document trees for the past 12 years. Documenting a tree in this way creates a temporal work. A document of the tree, its growth and a moment in time as it continues to grow or deteriorate. There are many large trees on the Huidekoper Ranch – I spent a Sunday printing six of them. I was among wildflowers and I could hear Osprey in the distance.

– Bronwyn Minton

Erin O’Connor – R Lazy S Ranch

Since its christening in 1920, the R Lazy S Ranch has rested sweetly between the mountains and the river on the Moose-Wilson Road.  There were countless times when the ranch could have easily dissolved into a dusty footnote in Jackson Hole’s history – succumbing to pressure from the newly formed GTNP which came to surround it, or evaporating at the end of that 20 yr lease.   It would’ve been easier not to move the original cabins down the Snake River dike to a new location.  It would’ve been a lot easier to sell that land – it’d been surveyed for a 60 house subdivision.

But sometimes you listen to your heart.  Sometimes you decide that your story will be about lifelong friends and perseverance.  You navigate new territory.  You keep following your dreams.

Kelly Stirn spent summers at the R Lazy S long before he came to own it.  We walked around this spring, prior to any guest arrivals.  It was quiet, and he talked about other ranch cabins that’d found new lives here.  We stopped to admire the old Sinclair gas pump beside the maintenance shed, also lovingly restored.  Two fuzzy burros grazed nearby;  he was coaxing them to be friendly with the guests.

Sometimes you see the value before anyone else.  Is it any wonder that, in 1981, the R Lazy S was the first donation to the Jackson Hole Land Trust?

I painted there in a tumultuous evening thunderstorm, and again later on a silent sunny morning with only a cautious doe as my witness.  Elsewhere, guests were drinking coffee, or putting their boot into a stirrup, or laughing – or maybe, for the first time in ages, choosing to just relax.

It’s struck me that there are a thousand and one love stories at the ranch.  First kisses.  Summer romances.  Marriages mended after a long strain.  The honest scent of a horse you came to trust.  The animal who paused to meet your eyes, reminding you of your own wild heart.  Cold mountain rain and the pungent smell of sagebrush sustaining you like a psalm.

There have been so many changes in the valley.  But the R Lazy S Ranch remains.  And with it, the chance to remember what’s essential.

– Erin O’Connor

Jocelyn Slack – Trail Creek Ranch

I wanted to paint a view of the ranch from the Nordic Center where one can see the buildings nestled at the base of Black Canyon. It was a nice cool morning, the heat tempered by morning clouds. I rode my bike up Hwy 22 to the ranch. The cloudy sky quickly turned black accompanied by thunder and lightning. As sheets of rain marched down the Pass I could hear the wind ripping through the trees. Scooping up my gear I sprinted for the warming hut where I could tuck in behind it on the east side. As I waited out the fast moving storm I saw this piece of road curving into the forest. Under the shelter of the cabin I made a quick drawing with out too many rain splatters. It was a beautiful day all the more exciting with the storm.

– Jocelyn Slack

Elizabeth Cogburn Birnie – Rock Springs

 

My assigned property for this summer’s View22 project is a section of land just south of the Hobacks in Teton Village. I had hiked and skied through this Land Trust property countless time but had no idea it was one of the Land Trust properties until this spring! On my hikes up to Rock Springs, I have enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers, rushing streams and deep forests. I am working on painting one of the views from the property as well as some details of the wild flowers.

– Elizabeth Cogburn Birnie

Lee Riddell – Field Study of the Mead Ranch

  

Having been painting for fifteen years now, I looked back recently at what I have enjoyed most about painting over this time.

The idea for View 22: Field Study is a perfect fit.

Beyond making paintings, I love to return time and again to a place as it changes with the seasons. It is exciting to learn the habits of the birds and animals that live there. I feel the rhythm of the weather patterns, and am awed by the changing light when a storm is approaching.

My favorite body of work to date was a series of pencil sketches and 6 x 8” oils of a female Calliope Hummingbird building a nest outside my studio window and raising two chicks one summer. Watching her build the nest with lichen and spider webs, sit patiently until the eggs hatched and then feed her young was fascinating. I worried about her when she was off the nest and it started to hail, and was sad when the little ones fledged. I have been wanting to create a new body of work when the View22 opportunity presented itself.

It has been very special to be the artist painting the Mead Ranch this year. Brad and Kate are people who I value very much as friends. To spend time at their ranch and to learn even a little about a lifestyle so different from my own has been a treat.

By protecting their family ranch the Mead and the Hansen families have given the world a great gift. The conservation easement preserves cattle ranching, a way of life in the West that is disappearing. The ranch with its open space, access to water and food, and safe migration routes is perfect habitat for many wild creatures who live or move through there. From time to time one can see elk, deer, moose, bald and golden eagles, hawks, coyotes and other wildlife.

Many thanks to the Mead and Hansen families for this gift.

 

– Lee Riddell

Gary Keimig – Phlox

This is the 4th and final painting I have done depicting the Torrey Lake Ranch for the upcoming art show benefiting the Jackson Hole Land Trust next month. I have tried depicting a bit of the landscape, geology, wildlife and now plant life of this amazing ranch in this vastly diverse land of the Upper Wind River Valley. The Phlox this year has been unbelievable, plentifully distributed across the landscape. Its showy white blossoms close to the ground and blooming amongst the sage and boulders contrasting vividly with those beautiful gold, orange and grays of lichen that make those boulders home.

– Gary Keimig

Kay Stratman – Artistic License

I have been asked (by the inner me) to produce my “Artistic License”. It proves that I am an artist that is “entitled to stretch the truth, bend the rules and push the boundaries while while performing acts of creativity. Use with reckless abandon.” The unwritten assumption is that I also am allowed to change my mind – after sketching and painting hummingbirds, western tanagers, and other wetland birds to consider for inclusion in my collection for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View22: Field Study project, I completely switched gears today and painted this little study I will call “Hidden Treasure”. It may become a larger painting as well. I just love this little gem of a secluded wetland in Wilson, WY, particularly because this quiet little stream runs through it. The light glinting on the surface is what attracted me to it as a painting subject. This piece is painted on a silver board. I will try it on a gold board as well. Stay tuned…

 

– Kay Stratman