If I had a nickel for every time I have painted these mountains! Ever challenging, I am still not tired of this subject matter. And in fact, this is the view of the Tetons from the Triangle X Ranch, a view I grew up with and have admired since I can remember. This image was created on location, showing the spring snow load up high and the green of the valley floor with its budding wildflowers.
Often I am asked how long it takes to finish a painting. The answer varies. Some plein air studies take a couple of hours. The “Three Matriarchs” took over 2 years. It is an image that evolved on its own, and I often didn’t know in which direction it was to move. So I would wait and be open until I received an impulse to add to it or change it. In some ways, I had to grow as an artist until I had developed the needed technique or artistic understanding learned in another painting along the way, such as in “Heroic Sky.” If anything, “Three Matriarchs” taught me a great deal about patience and persistence. I am so deeply honored that this painting is now in the permanent collection at the National Museum of Wildlife art.