Craig Spankie

I was delighted to be partnered with the Hansen ranch for this project. The view from Highway 22 as you leave town is always so spectacular.

I wanted to be on the site in the earlyish morning, with plenty of shadow and contrast. The light at this time of the year, combined with a clear cloudless morning is just sublime…

I entered the property where there are two old snowplows parked. I was immediately interested in all that old peeling paint and rusting steel…but I reminded myself I was here to wander in the pasture in search of inspiration, not check out cool old machinery…

I started to head north up the valley, taking pictures of the contrasting hillsides, when i remembered suddenly why I was going to bring my gumboots (rubber boots). I had walked into a shallow irrigation ditch and was now walking in wet shoes and pants (not so clever).

I spent some time just watching the light changing, as the noise of Town waking up got more and more prevalent. I headed back to the gate, took a last look over the snowplows and headed home for coffee…

I have since started on my piece, which is approximately 30″ x 30″. I like working kinda square right now… they are portraits of landscapes to me. I am excited with where I’m going with it and will see what happens in the next couple of weeks…

– Craig Spankie

Travis Walker

I might be lost.  The Mead Ranch isn’t hard to miss. It is big, and wide open, with only a few buildings, but there are two different entrances a mile or so apart.  But then I see the Mead’s ranch manager, Ollie, and he lets me know I’m in the right place, near where the Land Trust easement is.  He looks straight out of a Tolkien novel, with a long flowing beard and weathered face that has seen many winters on this ranch.  I think he has been here forever, before even the fur trappers and indians.  Someday, I’d like to paint his portrait, but not today.

It is a summer morning in early August, and I am lucky to be painting this place. I am lucky there is not a shopping center here, or an oil rig.  This ranch has been like this for many decades, raised many children, and now is preserved forever.  It’s always an amazing feeling to think about “forever” when I am gazing out over a land trust property.  My grandchildren will come back to some of the places I have painted, and our generations will be closer, our pride in this valley stronger, because of it.

I set up my small wooden easel, facing the weathered horse barns, as Ollie moves cattle through the maze of fencing around them. The barns are framed perfectly by the Tetons in the distance, a view that will last forever thanks to the Mead family and the work of the land trust.

– Travis Walker

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.