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"I strive to create paintings that record my own experience of the subject's essential spirit and energy, not an imitation of a fixed surface reality. This process requires my presence, enthusiasm open-minded appreciation, playfulness, courage and honesty. In this way, creating art is transformative, universal and timeless.”

Biography

Kathryn Mapes Turner

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 and the Southeast Wildlife Exposition as the 2017 Featured Artist. Her work has been showcased in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Charlie Russell Museum, the Buffalo Bill Cody Center of the West, The Phippen Museum, the Brinton 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 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 Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming - a simple and uplifting space where she shares her own work as well as hosting that of other top artists from around the world.

Visit Kathryn’s Website

Exhibitions

September 2, 2022

RAISED BY MOUNTAINS

September 6, 2022 - September 30, 2022—This solo exhibition by Kathryn Mapes Turner expresses the landscape that has claimed her and is inspired by place.
June 3, 2022

A Daring Curiosity

July 1, 2022 - July 30, 2022—In this exhibition, A Daring Curiosity, artists push the boundaries of their work through the exploration of color.

News & Press

August 26, 2022

Why Kathryn Mapes Turner Paints the Mountains

by Ray Brown. In the interest of giving the viewer some insight into where my images come from, I thought I might expound on what happens during one of my reference gathering trips. To begin with, I use tons of reference photos to create my drawings. But I use only my own photos and experiences, never pulling image sources other than my own.
November 29, 2020

What are Giclée Prints?

Everything you need to know about giclée prints. At Turner Fine Art, our giclées are made with archival pigmented inks printed on the finest substrates for exceptional color and lightfast advantages. It is our goal to offer top-quality printed images that will inspire your spirit.
December 13, 2018

SMALL WORKS SHOW
KHOL INTERVIEW

Turner Fine Art gallery owner and artist Kathryn Mapes Turner talks with Meg Daly on KHOL about what to expect in our Small Works Show and invites you to join us Friday, December 14th 5-7pm for our Delightful Art, Ugly Sweater Party.