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 or 307-733-4707.

Charmian McLellan – Flying Fish Hook Ranch #3

I drove to the Flying Fish Hook Ranch on a very warm and sunny afternoon. No wind. I didn’t take my paints. I intended to wander around the property with my camera to capture the afternoon light rather than morning light. Black Angus cattle grazing in the brilliant green meadows. Rattle of Sandhill cranes. Mountain lion tracks on the two-track SE of the property (not fresh, thank goodness. Maybe I should start carrying the .38 pistol just so I think I am somebody.) Full irrigation ditches. Penstemon and other wildflowers. MOSQUITOES!! Next time I’ll take the Cutters. Will try to remember to use the Cutters and not the .38.

I’m grateful to Lars for more extensive history about the ranch. Our good friend, Dave Smith, was also on the house construction crew. Neat to learn of more and more connections.
It’s an honor to be invited to participate in this Land Trust art project. Having grown up in remote areas of the west and relishing my freedom to run and play in open spaces where there is elbow-and-breathing room and abundant wildlife, it does my heart good to know that some of these pristine places will remain intact.

– Charmian McLellan

Charmian McLellan – Flying Fish Hook Ranch #2

Eight/tenths of an inch of rain at the Boulder Lake Ranch (where I live) in the night. The morning brought clouds; then gradual clearing and wind. I arrived at the Flying Fish Hook Ranch about 10:15. Quiet, quiet, quiet–nothing but QUIET except for the rustle of a stiff breeze through the sage and intermittent birdsong–bluebirds, black birds, and Redwing blackbirds. White “puffies” and lemony sunshine.

I was able to tuck into the lee side of the “hunter’s cabin” out of the wind and paint for a couple of hours. Got a good start on an 8 x 10 oil painting.
There is a painting in every direction one turns out here and I loving the variety of greens punctuated by the greyish buff boulders decorated with orange lichen. (Some almost lavender in the distance.)

– Charmian McLellan


Charmian McLellan – Flying Fish Hook Ranch

Winter in June!! A cold, dreary, breezy morning. Clouds threatening snow.

I’m on Ed and Laura Opler’s Flying Fish Hook Ranch east of Boulder, WY. It was formerly the Mitchell Ranch – owned by brothers Finis and Dennis Mitchell. Finis was responsible for stocking many of the high Wind River lakes with trout. His nephew, Hank Mitchell, was the husband of Mary Kay Jensen who was our Boulder postmistress for many years.
The 1500-plus acres of bright spring green meadows tucked in the shadow of the Wind River range are bordered by hills peppered with dark green junipers amidst silvery-green sage and red and grey rocky outcrops covered with lichen. Scab Creek and Silver Creek serve to define the property. Irrigation ditches full of water wind their way throughout. There is a neat little cabin on the property called the “hunter’s cabin”. The main house and bunkhouse were built around the year 2000 by Lars Michnevich and crews under Jim Roscoe’s construction firm. This information was provided to me by Lars.

There are a few trees, two ancient cottonwoods and a willow, snuggled near the house. They look a little out of place and I wonder if they were planted there or if the house site was planned to be close to them. There are other cottonwoods as well as aspens along the draws east of the meadows.
I take a little walk in the drizzle. Elk tracks. A curious pronghorn. Balsamroot blooming high on the hillsides. I paint a little watercolor sketch of the main house and cottonwoods. Not very successful. I’ll blame that on to sitting in the car with the rain pelting the windshield.

– Charmian McLellan