The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. Here her consciousness of the natural world began. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of magnificent beauty, set the course for her life.
Turner began studying art in her teens from noted local painters. She then left Wyoming to attend the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Studio Arts. She spent an influential semester in Rome, Italy and then studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Turner now has a Master's degree from the University of Virginia.
Having been passionate about painting since childhood, Turner is now nationally recognized with top honors from the American Impressionist Society and the National Academy of Equine Art. Her work has been exhibited in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Charlie Russell Museum and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Turner has been recognized as Wyoming Best Watercolor Artist in 2001 by the Wyoming Watercolor Society and was included in SouthwestArt Magazine's "Annual Profile of Young Artists with Promising Careers."
Turner believes that growing up in Grand Teton National Park, a place with such dramatic light and dramatic natural composition, gave her an intimate appreciation for art. "I believe the valley of Jackson Hole evokes expression," says Turner. She now travels all over the world to paint. With watercolors and oil paints, Turner responds with visual contemplations of beauty in hopes of sharing this love of the sublime with others through her work.
Turner also owns and features her work at Turner Fine Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a cozy & simple space also hosting the work of Jennifer L Hoffman and rotating guest artists from around the world.
“The strangeness of this life cannot be measured. One would think that as you age and mature, a pattern would unfold to aid you along the path your life follows. Of course, the opposite is what surfaces, and you then seek shelter for the needs of your spirit. As Oscar Wilde said, "Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex."
“I find shelter in the locales seen in these paintings. By finding them, I have found myself. It's that simple. I have increasingly simplified my paintings in order to create an atmosphere that is sometimes meditative, sometimes something else. Every work of art creates its own climate in which it can be understood. It is not about the subject; it is what you carry with you to it that matters, and that is what supplies the spark of ignition. I simply wait long enough, patiently, and life shows up.
“I really feel the less I say about my paintings the more likely they are to invite an exchange. I have no interest in labels such as "abstract" or "representational." I don't really care about technique or how color may relate to form or anything else. My interest is in my response to
the emotion of the moment. These paintings, then, are my refuge and hopefully mirror what I feel for life at this time.”
John Felsing is a native to Michigan. He grew up drawing and painting in Battle Creek and studied zoology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Following his school years, Felsing worked illustrating the publications of the Battle Creek area's Binder Park Zoo, winning several awards and national recognition for his designs. His career as an illustrator led him also to a position as staff artist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' magazine, Natural Resources. Felsing is now a full-time painter.
Preferring the oil medium, Felsing often chooses to take native Michigan birds in their natural habitats as his subjects, though he pursues "pure" landscape painting as well. His landscapes also focus on his own backyard, so to speak, as he produces views of rural Southern Michigan.
“Even though I paint a lot of studies on location, my landscapes are actually less about detailing a specific place than they are about the feelings evoked. I’m more interested in conveying the emotional connection that I had with each scene,” says the artist. “Moving cross-Atlantic three times in my early years, I spent much of my life with an underlying sense of homesickness. This yearning propelled me to try to create a sense of ‘home’ within my landscapes. My greatest hope is that my work gives its viewers this same sense of comfort and connectedness; a gentle place to rest.
After moving to the US from England as a teenager, Jane Hunt received her degree in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After working as an illustrator for several years, Hunt eventually returned to her true love: landscape oil painting.
Jane Hunt is a Master Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Women Artists of the West, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and an artist member of the Salmagundi Club. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Oil Painters of America. Hunt is a faculty member of the Plein Air Convention as well as a demonstrator and speaker at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. She has been featured in such publications as Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine Art of the West, and Fine Art Connoisseur. Hunt’s paintings have been exhibited in dozens of galleries and museums internationally and she is represented by notable galleries in the US as well as her native England.
The oil painter now resides in Colorado, where she continues to be awed and inspired by the beauty surrounding her.
President's Award, Oil Painters of America National Exhibiton
Finalist, Artist's Magazine 35th Annual Competition
3rd Place, Oil Painters of America Spring Showcase
Salmagundi Club, Joseph Hartley SCNY Award
Honorable Mention, ARC Salon
Artist's Choice, Gateway Art Competition
Finalist, International ARC Salon Competition
Finalist, Gateway Art Competition
1st Place, Door County Plein Air Festival
Artist's Choice Award, Gateway International Art Competition
Finalist, Boldbrush Painting Competition
Stacey Peterson was born in 1978 and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Growing up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Stacey developed a love for the outdoors that influences her artwork today.
While Peterson’s professional background is in the field of environmental engineering, she has always been interested in drawing and painting. She took up oil painting after graduating from college, concentrating on portraiture at first and then turning her focus to the landscape. An avid backpacker, hiker, and mountain biker, Peterson draws upon her time outdoors to provide the inspiration for her oil paintings. She often works on location, and uses her plein air studies as reference for studio works that typically depict locations in the wilderness areas of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
Stacey is an award-winning painter, most recently honored with the Lucile Van Slyck Best of Show award at the 2017 A Timeless Legacy Show, held at the Hockaday Museum of Art. She has been featured in Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and had her artwork published in American Artist and Western Art Collector magazine.
Primarily a self-taught artist, Stacey’s art education includes coursework at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and workshops with nationally recognized painters Dan Young, Jay Moore, and John David Phillips. By way of formal education, Stacey holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science from the Colorado School of Mines.
Peterson is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP). Her work can be viewed at Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte and Telluride, CO, Saks Galleries in Denver, CO, Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, CO, Terakedis Fine Art in Billings, MT, and Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, MT. Stacey lives in the mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado with her husband Nathan, eleven year old daughter Aspen, and eight year old son Owen.
2017 Best of Show - A Timeless Legacy
2013 Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence - OPA Western Regional Show
2012 Honorable Mention - Plein Air for the Park
2012 Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence - Salon International
2012 Jury's Top 50 - Salon International
2009 Best of Show - BoldBrush Art Competition
2008 Collector's Choice - Rocky Mtn Plein Air Painters National Show
As a representational painter Mitch believes that painting is a celebration of life and the beauty that surrounds us. He is devoted to the traditions of the late 19th century artists who looked to the figure and nature for inspiration regarding light, color, and design. Seeking out this inspiration, Mitch works directly from life to capture the qualities and nuances of natural light and color harmony. He has a strong conviction that great artistic communication depends on good draftsmanship, design and vision. His artistic desire is to “portray a positive visual statement and hope the viewer will experience what I see and in some sense be inspired, uplifted, or moved by my painting, whether it is of a small intimate setting or a grandiose subject.”
Mitch resides in the desert southwest in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and children. He is a Signature Member of the following organizations: Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA).
SELECT AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS
2017 – Best of Show, Cape Ann Plein Air Exhibit. Juror: Hanson, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
2017 – Membership in the Plein Air Painters of America organization
2017 – Oil Painters of America: Western Regional Exhibition, Illume Gallery, St. George, UT
2017 – American Impressionist Society 18th National Exhibition. Montgomery Lee Fine Art, Park City, UT
2017 – The Russell Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
2016 – Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America: Western Regional Exhibition, Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2016 – Best Use of Light, Award of Excellence, Cape Anne Plein Air Invitational, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA