First Annual Jackson Hole Art Invitational - 2020 Artists
August 6 - 16 | Artist Reception August 6, 1 - 7pm
Gallery Wild is pleased to welcome six Guest Artists from around the country and Canada to the gallery to show their paintings, with the exception of one, for the first time in Jackson. Paintings by Leslie Duke, Laura Adams, Carrie Penley, Jim Bortz, and collaborative pieces from Regan Johnston & Christa Rijneveld will be featured.
Laura W. Adams
"This work is a continuation of my current focus and body of work entitled, “Three Billion.” The name of this series represents the three billion North American birds that have been lost in the past 50 years, according to a recently released study in the journal Science. The causes for the loss of these birds, many of them familiar backyard birds, include habitat loss, overuse of pesticides, building strikes, and free roaming domestic cats. This series seeks to bring more awareness to the plight of our North American bird species, the proverbial “canaries in the coal mine” reflecting the health of our planet."
"In this series, I focus on different biomes of avifauna that are currently in distress. I present my subjects in idealized environments, free of the hazards now facing the birds. I ask the birds in the pieces, "If I were a bird in distress, what world would I rather live in?” The answer that often comes back is a world without humans, and without predators. With the work, “Pollinators - Calliope Hummingbirds”, I have placed these birds in an idealized Western environment, where a pair of Calliope Hummingbirds engage with each other in their private space. From a hummingbird’s point of view, everything is big - they are dwarfed in their world by the flora that surrounds them. However small these beautiful creatures are, they are safe in this space.”
Laura has been an avid bird watcher and hiker for many years. Her artwork reflects the joy she experiences in nature and her spiritual journey through nature. She has been inspired by many artists, most notably the collages of Matisse, the watercolors of Audubon, the colorful mosaics and paintings of Klimt and the sense of self and purpose of O’Keeffe.
Her artistic process is unique. Paper and a clear acrylic glue are used instead of paint. Colors, textures and patterns from a variety of papers come together to form her image. Sometimes 15-20 different layers of paper are needed to achieve the effects that she is seeking. The finished work often, because of the many layers, has a bas-relief and a texture that is not evident from digitized images. The papers she uses come from around the world, including mulberry based papers from India, China, Japan and Nepal. Her favorite papers are the beautiful Japanese washi papers that are used for origami. She also favors colorful book binding papers from Italy, as well as the textured fibrous papers from Mexico. She has been working in this medium for over 20 years. Her mastery of the process is evident in her work.
"As an artist I am continually fascinated with everyday objects, especially those we consume. My work aims to amplify the beauty of seemingly simple subjects while exploring the emotional power of color. Each piece is meant to preserve a brief moment in time and leave the viewer with a greater sense of connection with the present moment."
Leslie has a deep love for color and texture, as well as an enthusiasm for finding the intrinsic beauty in everyday subjects. With each painting she strives to instill a profound sense of mood through use of color and space.
Leslie is particularly inspired by the masterful beauty of works by Sargent and Zorn; the evocative color fields of Rothko; and the intriguing compositions of illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger. Painting and drawing have always been part of Leslie’s identity. She was fortunate to have parents who saw her deep interest in art and paid for many art classes, including a formative weekly watercolor class by Harold “Pete” Peterson, a Salt Lake City artist and educator.
Leslie went on to study Illustration at BYU and began her career as an illustrator in 2010, only to realize that her true passion was painting. After countless late nights, plenty of ugly paintings and a considerable amount of caffeine, she quit her day job and became a full-time painter.
Leslie lives in Springville, UT with her musician husband, adorably independent toddler and two highly energetic dogs. Leslie loves spending time in her studio, binging on a good story, collecting trinkets, and enjoying time with her little family.
"In my work, I hope to capture beauty, depth, and a feeling that inspires and uplifts. From start to finish, I am continually experimenting with contrast, value, light, texture, and the relationships between them to form structural unity and balance. It is a push and pull where each aspect of the painting functions for the collective good. Starting over, reworking areas, knowing when to move forward mirrors life for in life everything revolves around relationships and self-discovery."
Born in a small town in Georgia, contemporary artist Carrie Penley is an American artist utilizing different forms of media to create unique works of art through neutral color, expressive brush stroke, contrast and often collage material most often of wildlife.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1995. Following university, she lived in Atlanta as an interior designer working on local and national design projects under the tutelage of Dan Carithers and Dotty Travis. This experience proved instrumental in her creative and design aesthetic development and she continues to draw on her experiences from those important formulative years. A self taught artist, Carrie painted privately for 13 years while working in the design field and raising three children. In 2012, she established a full time studio and began showing her work publicly. Since, her work has been acquired for private and commercial collections in cities such as Atlanta, New York, Austin, Dallas, Telluride and Park City.
Regan Johnston and Christa Rijneveld (collaboration)
'With our changing climate we worry about nature and its inhabitants. As civilization increasingly encroaches upon habitat, we worry that animals will be overlooked until it is too late. Our collaborative work puts wildlife in a stylized setting. This juxtaposition between realistic and modern highlights the animal. We hope that, by doing this, the viewer will connect with the animal and will want to care about its existence."
Canadian based artists Regan Johnson and Christa Rijneveld combine their completley different styles and talents into one creating work with elements both modern and traditional.
Regan, born in Golden, BC Canada, Drawing came easily but was set aside as adventures in nature became a passion. Midway through his twenties he moved to Europe to model and travel. During a shoot, he met a Dutch model, now his wife and artistic partner Christa.
Missing the rugged landscapes and adventures that Canada has to offer, they moved to Regan’s home town of Golden, BC to start a new chapter in their life. Once settled Regan returned to his artistic passion, knowing that it was always something that he was meant to do. Since he picked up a paint brush and decided to pursue a full time art career, he’s never been happier. His works are detailed, yet detail is the least important aspect of his painting. He wants the viewer to see his work and feel like they are seeing something for the first time. His goal is to create something different while remaining true to what exists in nature.
Christa grew up on a Dutch dairy farm drawing at the kitchen table. From early on, she loved spending most of her time creating new realities. At the age of eighteen she applied to art school, and didn't get in. As young as I was, she felt defeated and gave up on the idea of becoming an artist so she studied literature instead while traveling for her modeling career. After meeting Regan, she left Europe and moved to British Columbia with him.
The hustle and bustle was replaced by the beauty and stillness of the scenery: the Rocky Mountains. It was something that she had never experienced before. Not long after the move, inspired by the mountainous landscape, she started drawing again and quickly realized how much she had missed it.
Doodling was something that she could do to get out of her own head. A meditative hobby soon turned into something that she wanted to do all the time. She never considered herself to be creatively gifted, but very meticulous and patient, so with that, she trusted that discipline can be just as an important tool as talent, and over time, with consisted work, she would acquire the skills that she desired in order to create her works. For her, creating art is as much about the process as the end result. She doesn’t care about the quickest way to make something; she puts in the work, and loses herself in it, until she gets to the desired, but imperfect, end result. In a simplistic way she try’s to convey how she sees the mountains. With lines and dots she creates movement and intricacy in her contemporary landscapes.
"Meticulous careful observation is never done at breakneck speed. It's methodical, thoughtful, and quiet... qualities wildly out of place living in the 21st century (the fact that this likely one of the big reasons I spend so much time alone is not lost on me). Important details vanish like a spooked wild brook trout unless approached with respectful deliberation. These details rarely reveal themselves at first glance. They are most often the reward of patient persistance and a mind comfortable with being in the moment."
Jim has cut a rugged trail to this point in his career as a painter. A sportsman at heart, Jim's hard-won experience introduces a level of authenticity to his work not often found in the wildlife art world. The believability of Jim's paintings is built squarely on a foundation of solid draftsmanship... a skill developed through years of filling sketchbooks. This skill translates to a pleasing level of accuracy in a bold impressionistic painting style. An avid fly fisherman, Jim is quickly becoming known as one of the countries top trout artists. The BortzArt Studio is located in Cody, Wyoming.