Joe Arnold – Walton Ranch

I have always driven by the Walton Ranch and have been amazed to find it still in a pristine state despite development encroaching all around. While doing a residency at the National Museum of Wildlife Art years ago, I met the owner and her cousins, and discovered that we were related, an Arnold having married a Walton in Evanston, Wyoming in 1912. I was invited out to the Ranch and have since painted it a number of times. I learned that the property was under an easement to protect it from development and was quite excited to think of that corridor of pristine land being protected forever. I enjoyed going back to the place for View22 and painting such a fine stretch of pasture still being worked today in a way that is fast disappearing.

– Joe Arnold

Walton Ranch Painting Session

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I think that the one thing that passersby on Highway 22 first notice is the many rows of hay loaves lined up in the rolling Walton ranch fields. Of course, the ranch has many other outstanding views including the magnificent Tetons and the herd of grazing cattle, but the hay loaves have always attracted my attention. Maybe it’s because I marvel at the productivity of the land and how this beautiful property has been spared from the development backhoes.

 

I decided that I would paint a scene that folks see from the highway, and maybe they will ask why that land is still operating as a ranch amid all the growth surrounding it. The day was ideal for an artist, with grey skies broken up by sunshine rays and the wonderful warm tones of the hay loaves. I simplified the composition by eliminating much of the surrounding foliage and softening the tones of the background hills. The hay then became the dominant image in the painting. I hope that this painting will inspire the viewer to appreciate this beautiful ranch and be thankful for the overwhelming generosity of the Walton family and their gift to us all.

 

-Bill Sawczuk

Walton Ranch Photo by Mack Mendenhall

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This painting session is scheduled for October 3rd, 2013! Sign up to receive email updates from us to the right so you get our blog posts right in your inbox!