Over a year ago five of us Jackson Hole Artists were approached by the Booth Museum of Western Art to create a collaborative exhibition that showcases the caliber of art being created in our little mountain community.
These 35 paintings traveled from the Tetons to Cartersville, Georgia to hang in what has been recognized as the #1 Art museum in the country by the USA Today Reader’s Poll.
It has been an incredible honor to have my work included in an exhibition at the Booth Museum of Western Art alongside the talent of Amy Lay, Amy Ringholz, September Vhay and Kathy Wipfler. This exhibition explores the close connections we five artists share with the physical beauty and abundant wildlife of our area and how the inspiration we find here inspires our unique artistic styles. Although we’ve been long-time friends, the exhibition marks the first time we five artists have shown together as a group.
Watch! Executive Director Seth Hopkins interviews all five artists from the Booth Museum’s temporary exhibition The Jackson Hole 5: Important Painters of the West exhibition.
Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins says, “We are excited to be hosting the Jackson Five exhibition. The opportunity to put five terrific painters together in a group show like this, representing a specific geographic area does not come along very often.”
The five of us have closely collaborated on this exhibit because we all feel deeply honored for the opportunity to share our work at the Booth Museum. Although our styles differ, we hold two things in common- we are all inspired by the wide-open spaces of the west and all five of us are deeply committed to our artwork. For decades, we have each held a dedicated focus working hard as professional artists striving for our highest level of excellence and expression that we can achieve. This is why we are grateful to the Booth for recognizing that in this small town in Wyoming, great art is being made. Perhaps there is something in the water because Jackson is a hotbed of creativity and is recognized as one of the top art centers of the country. Why is this? I believe it is because of the inspiration we receive from the natural world, the collective creative energy found in this community and the enterprising individuality that shaped the imagination of the west.
The work I have included in this collection of paintings is inspired by my connection to the land as the fourth generation ranching family in Jackson Hole. They are paintings of the relationships I have with the animals with whom we share this magnificent valley. It is my hope that, in my images, the viewer can gain a greater appreciation for the way they live in harmony with this mountain landscape.
About Booth Western Art Museum
Booth Western Art Museum was recently recognized by USA Today’s Reader’s Poll as the #1 Art Museum in the country. As an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, it is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to See America’s Story through contemporary Western artwork, a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and was named the 2016 Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year by the Southeast Tourism Society. To learn more about Booth Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org
The exhibition opened to the public on February 13 and will hang through June 7, 2020