Alissa Hartmann – Spring Creek

I am so excited to be assigned to the Spring Creek Ranch easement just up Spring Gulch Rd. It is so close to town yet it feels like being miles and miles away from civilization. The turn-off is a little dirt road that takes me just far enough away where I don’t even hear any traffic. Instead, I hear a myriad of bird song including a woodpecker. More times then not I see a buck and I like to think it is the same one and that he might be getting used to me setting up my easel. To get to my first painting spot, I followed a steep trail up the hillside. Thankfully, all my painting supplies fit in a backpack because it is quite the climb! After about hiking for about 15 minutes, I am rewarded with a stunning view of the Tetons and the sprawling valley of cottonwood trees below. Perfect spot to begin my first painting!

– Alissa Hartmann

Ben Roth – Spring Creek Ranch

I’ve always been intrigued by bonsai and their gnarled, twisted character and have wished that there were more around to paint and print. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Land Trust has any holdings in Japan, but while out hiking along the Snake River, I was struck by the abundance of our unaltered version to the stately bonsai – the exquisite sagebrush.

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Jenny Wolfrom recommended the Spring Creek Ranch easement on Spring Gulch Road for sagebrush observation and she was on point. It was fun to go up a new drainage in the valley and I really enjoyed the Dr. Seussian, spindly aspen trees and meandering trails. I was looking a picturesque sage bush with the elegance of bonsai and didn’t find the exact one but several that were close, so I studied them, did some sketches and created the shape I was envisioning.

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I’m in the process of painting the original and then will do a five color screen print next week. My hope is for an edition of 50. I’m painting the bush without background and treating it as a portrait.

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-Ben Roth

Carrie Wild – Spring Creek Ranch

Conservation of wild lands and habitat for wildlife is important to me for many reasons. Wildlife and wide open spaces such as Jackson Hole Land Trust properties and our National Parks and Forests are the key inspiration for my contemporary paintings. Participating in View 22 has been a great opportunity to use my art to encourage preservation and inspire relationships between visitors and residents of these wild lands.

I live on Spring Gulch Road and greatly enjoy the northern end of Jackson and the herds of wildlife that walk through or neighborhood each spring, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to paint on the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Spring Creek Ranch easement, which surrounds the Spring Creek Ranch and Amangani developments on three sides. My vantage point was from a steep, open slope uphill from Spring Gulch Road, with expansive views of the Tetons and up Spring Gulch.

My View 22 piece, “Spring Creek Royalty”, follows the contemporary styling of bright colors and big flowing brush strokes that my work is known for, and is a tribute to the many majestic elk that migrate through this property – the true royalty of this protected landscape.

– Carrie Wild