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

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

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

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

Kay Stratman – Wilson Wetlands Trail

I have been honored to join a group of artists asked by the Jackson Hole Land Trust to focus on various properties protected by the Land Trust. The project will culminate in an exhibition and sale at the annual JHLT picnic on August 13th. My assigned space is called the Wilson Wetlands, a small intimate wetland located right in the middle of Wilson, WY.

I never noticed it before when I drove by, but by spending some time there I understand its importance. Besides being a very lovely respite to wander through for humans, it hosts a number of critters and plants that rely on wetlands for survival. Wetlands are so often drained, altered, or covered over to create more land for us humans. Without these wetlands these critters, plants and birds would not be a part of our lives. Though I often paint vast expansive landscapes, my theme for this collection will be something much more close up – wetland birds. I made a recording of bird sounds on one visit so I could not only identify who made the sounds, but also to have something wonderful to listen to while painting.

– Kay Stratman

Laurie LaMere – Painting on the Seven Mile River Ranch

I spent almost every day of this week, both morning & evening, plein air painting on the Seven Mile River Ranch. What a privilege it was to have access to this lovely ranch. The Green River flows through the entire property. The first morning I went out there, I fully expected to be carried away by the mosquitos. I went prepared with multiple layers of clothing and plenty of bug spray. To my pleasant surprise, there was a gentle breeze…. enough to keep the bugs at bay. For the entire week, I was never chased off by the bugs. How amazing was that? Especially since there was plenty of water around, do to flooding.

The first morning out, I set up alongside the pond, next to the old Cooley place. I was entertained by a multitude of frogs. The sun was shining brightly & there was a striking reflection in the pond. I spent four hours quietly painting, and when the light changed enough that I decided to shut down, I was sad to have to leave.

That evening, I set up by the Green River, facing upstream, with a view of the Wyoming Range in the distance. This was the start of my second painting. I watched a Blue Heron for a while, with his slow, graceful movement. As dusk set in, I was serenaded by song birds. In fact, every visit to the ranch was a concert of some sort, most often by birds.

With each trip to the ranch, there was some kind of pleasant surprise. I saw a momma Moose and her new born baby on several occasions, Sandhill Cranes, Ducks and Geese, Deer, many different songbirds, and of course the Blue Heron.

As the week progressed, I revisited these places several times to finish up my paintings. I just can’t imagine a more peaceful or glorious way to spend time outdoors, and I thank God for these wide open spaces and for the privilege of living in Wyoming.

– Laurie LaMere

View22: Open Studio Works Now Online!

View22 Collage

In 2016, we invited 19 local artists to create place-inspired art on 13 Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation properties. The momentum for the project built over the summer as artists created their works and interacted with the community at artist demonstrations at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and R Park. From August 1st -14th, the buzz continued building as the 13 View22 open-access locations were marked with green JHLT flags.

View22: Open Studio will culminate this Sunday, August 14th, 2016 with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 36th Annual Picnic at the Fish Creek Ranch in Wilson.

The 31 finished works are now available for viewing and purchase online and 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.

Erin O’Connor – Indian Springs Swan Ponds

Erin O'Connor_On the Surface

Boyle’s Hill was one of my first favorite painting spots in Jackson Hole.  Just far enough out of town, narrow dirt roads laced around the green ponds, and wise outstretched cottonwoods offered respite from the summer sun.  Every vantage held artistic merit.  This was an idyllic local secret – all-American really – a place for family picnics, the Mountain Man Rendezvous, and kids to hang out the way kids do.  Some nights, yeah, there were parties.  Some days were sweetly quiet, the breeze rustling through the trees, dragonflies buzzing above the water, and just me painting.

Trumpeter swans were one of my first favorite birds.  In the 1966 edition of ‘Birds Of North America, A Guide To Field Identification’ (the very book I used as a child and still treasure today), it said this:  “This largest swan, recently close to extinction, is now increasing in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming…  Very rare outside it’s breeding range.”   My father, who knew of such things, said that fewer than 100 remained in the wild here.  I worried terribly about the extinction of swans.

A few years back, my father and I stopped at Boyle’s Hill.  There are only two small parking areas now, the ponds fenced off, the inner dirt roads grown over, all traces of its previous use gone.  Trumpeter swans crowd the banks, loud and raucous in their success.  They glide across the green water in a riotous cacophony of gleaming white.  Dad was thrilled, taking photos, and I was thinking about the next time I’d come out to paint.  Neither of us mentioned how easily this might not have happened.

This idyllic spot is still something of a local secret, and that’s okay.  When preservation fails, conservation can make the difference.   The Jackson Hole Land Trust has, in no small way, assured vital habitat for wildlife.  One acre, and one crucial pond at a time.

– Erin O’Connor