Happy Spring - it's been a long one up here in the Gallatin Valley. This past weekend I took advantage of the good weather and rolled down south to the Tetons and made a weekend art trip. The gracious and wonderful folks at the South Fork Lodge, in Idaho, asked me to show my art work again for the third year. The lodge is a beautiful and peaceful oasis on the river and will be opening up for the season in early May. They show my art originals and canvas prints. If your are interested, I just dropped off the original "Golden Trout", "Steelhead Couple", "Great Horned Owl", and ""Kestrel".
On Saturday I took a wonderful and super informative art class at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was titled, "Learning to Coexist with Urban Wildlife", and put on by two amazing women, Dr. Lucy Spelman, Professor of Biology & Science Visualization at Rhode Island School of Design and Emily Poole, Jackson-born artist & illustrator, who illustrated ‘BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show." Their talks were inspiring and eye-opening and gave me such energy to do new art.
I attended an artist workshop that brought together artists and scientists to practice interpreting and communicating science through visual art. Participating scientists included ecologists, researchers, and biologists who protect and study wildlife native to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
It was a fantastic and absorbing workshop. I learned so much and enjoyed the challenges presented. I hope to create new art that will reflect what I learned in the class.
I purchased a copy of Emily Poole's new book, "BirdNote". It is gorgeous and a keepsake. You will marvel over her illustrations! Here is a link to Emily's website: https://www.epooleart.com/
After class the twins and I took a roll along the bike paths of Grand Teton National Park. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the "between season" and watched sandhill cranes, great blue heron and ravens fly the friendly skies. I was so thrilled to show the boys my favorite mountain range and look forward to returning when the trails melt out. We are excited to hike high up in the Tetons and show the boys the alpine community.
We found Yellow Fritillary (or Yellow Bells) along the valley trail. It's one of my favorite early season bits of color!
And we found one of my all time favorites, Steer's Head! This is an illusive wildflower that is an early season treat to find in the rocky soils of the valley and higher up too.