We are very honored to have Carrie Wild, the owner and name-sake of our gallery, featured in the April-May 2019 issue of Western Art & Architecture! Carrie’s hard work and dedication to her art and the inspiration behind it has created a great space and mission for Gallery Wild. Pick up an issue or check it out below!
We are excited to announce our expansion and upcoming move to a an even bigger and better location at 80 West Broadway! After a great start and tremendous support from the community, we decided we needed more space to accommodate the great works being created by our talented artists. We will still be completely artist owned, promote contemporary wildlife art and have a working artist studio in the gallery. Thanks to the tremendous support and enthusiasm for our mission we had no choice but to expand.
We are hoping to move into the new location by late February but in the meantime we are open and welcoming guests at our current location throughout the process! We have great new works by all of our artists and will be announcing some new, exciting artists planning to join our collection soon.
Thanks again for support and stop by for a sneak peek of the new location!
Gallery Wild is proud to be a sponsor of the Blacktail Gala this year at the National Museum of Wildlife Art! Join us for a fun evening of contemporary wildlife art and be part of selecting new pieces to add to the museum's collection. Its always a great evening with a wide range of art enthusiasts excited to talk, learn and enjoy the whole array of work that will be on display.
"Imagination is more powerful even than knowledge."
- Albert Einstein
Dwight finds his inspiration through many sources and he values places of solitude to be in the moment, quiet his mind, listen and be present with nature around him.
“It’s all about light. Constantly being aware of light, shadows, highlights, shape and form that appear all around us at anytime, anywhere, everyday. Watching light unfold on a landscape is so important and not to be underestimated.”
As a 14 time Emmy Award winner during his years in television production, being behind a camera was nothing new to Dwight. Though moving from video to stills and people to wildlife has been a welcome adventure. His creativity and imagination naturally transferred from his Emmy winning career to his photography. Dwight has spent a lot of his life in major metropolitan areas capturing imagery of “wild humans” in their natural “urban habitat,” which translated nicely into developing his skills as a wildlife photographer. His first trip to the Jackson area and Grand Teton National Park was to prepare for a photography workshop that he was leading. Shortly thereafter he became a guide for Gallery Wild's partner company Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris.
“Grand Teton National Park was sensory overload for me when I arrived and I was hooked. This place was, and still is, magical! This was a place I had to be. And now my works are hanging in Gallery Wild and I couldn’t be happier.”
Dwight seeks to create an emotion with his work, and through that emotion, bring people to an awareness of the importance of preserving our lands, our wildlife and our resources.
“Our world is changing. It’s naturally evolving just as it has over millions and millions of years from the great seas of water to the great sheets of ice...and back. Change is a reality, no matter our opinion of the cause or what label we want to put on it. Bottom line, we must be good stewards of our planet and all its resources. We must do whatever we can, with whatever we have, wherever we are...to paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt.”
Dwight strives to achieve bold emotion with his striking imagery. An image that makes someone stop in their tracks to take a look, to study, to admire. His work combines landscape with wildlife and wildlife with landscape.
His work at Gallery Wild is printed on metal, an exciting new art medium in the photography world. Dyes are infused directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Because the image is infused into the surface and not on it, colors are vibrant, the luminescence is breathtaking and detail and resolution are extraordinary. The type of metal used creates work that is waterproof, weatherproof, scratch resistant and can be displayed outside in the direct sunlight for years. You are no longer limited to displaying photography inside your home!
Dwight is a self-taught photographer who has spent years utilizing professional photography publications ranging from books to journals to magazines. He studied the works of iconic photographers such as Ansel Adams, and read about them and their photography techniques. His photography exploration continues even today studying new techniques and keeping up with the latest technology.
“My world exists through the lens of my camera. That is where I feel the wildlife. That is where I feel the landscape. Through the lens is like no other world and it’s home to me.”
His artistic process starts with a drive, a hike or a walk to look, observe and be in the moment. Sometimes he will bring camera gear, but sometimes not.
“I’m looking for areas that offer elements for my imagery. Those elements could be big or small, textures, patterns, flora or fauna, but they all need the right light. Narrowing ones focus is so important and so I ask myself what and why? What is it about this landscape or subject that is calling me? Why do I like what I see?”
His work can take on many different attributes like the fast and furious motion in wildlife or a fleeting moment of light on a landscape. It could be a waiting game for the right elements to appear at the right moment or slow and methodical where the elements of the scene are stationary.
The darkroom is where the real creativity happens and has always been an integral part of photography. This is where the photographer becomes the artist, creating their interpretation of the image captured in camera. Dwight fondly recalls the experience of seeing a photograph appear on a piece of photographic paper in the darkroom and believes it's an incredible experience every photographer should witness. Today’s darkroom is now one’s computer.
“Being a darkroom artist is essential to my works, it is where I put my interpretation to my vision. So when I go to my “darkroom” to create my works, I start by putting on a pair of headphones with my favorite music streaming, open that first image and I am lost in my world of creativity and imagination for hours.”
"Love is the answer to every question"
Partricia is inspired by hard working artists, fresh air, weather, sunlight, animal sightings, and her desire to share her love for all of it. Her heart can be felt through her words, actions and in her art.
“I love wildlife, I love the wilderness, I love to be inspired, I love to create. This love drives me to educate and contribute to conservation.”
Growing up in North East Pennsylvania five minutes from the Delaware River, her Pop Pop would take her for walks in the woods and down to the river. There they would sit for hours waiting for animals to appear. Her experiences with bears, bobcats, coyotes, fisher cats, foxes, raccoons, opossums, porcupines, raccoons, owls, eagles, grouse, woodcock and numerous other birds became the subjects of her art work starting at age 4. She followed her artistic passion and talent from a young age through school, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art from Moore College of Art and Design.
“The wild places were my comfort zone then as now. To share a sacred moment with the viewer is my way of showing the respect and honor of my subject.”
Patricia's head and heart are truly geared towards protecting wild things and wild places and inspiring others through her art to do the same. Currently she is participating in a International traveling exhibit (UK-NYC) called “Sketch for Survival” to raise funds for conservation. She donates 10% of her income to conservation efforts including contributing to her local wildlife by supporting the Pocono Wildlife and Education and Rehabilitation Center. She is also honored to be among some of the big names in wildlife art as a Signature Member of Artist For Conservation, Vancouver, BC. The group is dedicated to bringing awareness to conservation with art, education, and funds.
“The chance sighting of an animal gives me a charge that I then translate through paint.”
Patricia is engaged with wildlife in more ways than art and supportive funding and for more than the charismatic megafauna that are often her subjects. She owns and maintains a Brick Church near her home that houses one of the largest documented North Eastern summer nurseries for the Brown Bat. Here upwards of 300 females give birth and raise their young each year. Patricia welcomes students from Penn State University and East Stroudsburg University to come and study the colony.
Patricia’s Artistic Process
Before Patricia travels, where she often finds her inspiration, she removes all the completed work from a 30' x 40' area in her studio and fills the walls with blank canvases. While she is on the road photographing her subjects, she begins to mentally fill the canvases hanging on the wall back home with her experiences.
“There are times when the moment I see the animal in the frame the image sears into memory and the piece begins to develop.When I return to the studio I begin to paint.”
While traveling she takes thousands of photographs and plain air paints. She has painted like this since she was 19 and is always humbled by the experience, regardless of many years spent in the field brush in hand. Plain air painting is an amazing way to capture the subtleties of atmosphere and space. Setting up her easel outside to paint whats in front of her is a good way to, as Patricia puts it, “get my ass kicked by the beauty of my surroundings.”
When she has returned from her travels she will edit the photographs she took and review them again and again. To start a new image she will pull specific ones into a folder and review them until one clicks in her mind. Then she will sketch and play with composition. Using a red or a blue she will sketch the image on a canvas and start to block it in. After this process she lets it sit for a bit so she can return with a fresh eye to see where she may need to tweak it. She puts considerable time and thought into the subject's placement on the canvas because the negative space plays a critical role to the piece's success.
“As I paint I question my color- darker lighter cooler warmer. I have studied color for 30 years and take pleasure out of the vibrations that are created by color placement.”
Patricia has her pallet table on rollers as well as her paint cart so she can work on multiple images at a time; sometimes 7 days a week for 8-14 hours a day and she loves every minute of it! She rises early with a cup of coffee and gets to get studio as quick as possible and locks herself into her creative space. Starting by working relentlessly on the animal's proportions and composition, once she is satisfied she will paint without reserve to bring life to the painting.
“I view each piece as a self portrait. It is what I see with my eyes, process in my mind, and create with my time that transfers an experience into painting. It is a self portrait of the viewer as well. It is in their eyes, their mind that they experience the painting. Every day bringing something new.”
When you add a Patricia Griffin painting to your collection, you can be certain it is her best work. Uniquely, Patricia gets a panel of people together to review her work. Pieces that are found to be substandard are burned to free her from failures, rejuvenate her artistic spirit, and keep only the best for collectors.
Patricia's work has been features in museums across the country. She has won numerous awards for her work and is an active member of many art associations.
Click here to visit her Artist’s Page or come see us at Gallery Wild!
Her Schedule this Fall:
October 30 - November 6, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ, Artist in Residence
November 2 - 28, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ, “Women in Art”
November 1 - 30, Brickworks Gallery Atlanta, GA. “Flora and Fauna”
November 1-4, Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair, London Olympia, Sketch for Survival
November 7-8, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Gate, Bath, Sketch for Survival
November 14, The Explorers Club, New York, USA, Sketch for Survival
November 15-17, Salmagundi Club, New York, USA, Sketch for Survival
November 15-18, Plantation Wildlife Art Festival, Gathersburg, GA, Invitational Exhibiti
November 23-25, Crypt Gallery, Cathedral Close, Norwich
“It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” –Joel Sartore
Rip and Alison Caswell’s inspiration comes from spending time with wildlife. They will sometimes travel across the globe to witness animals in their natural surroundings. Research like this allows them to get a sense of the unique mannerisms, personalities and subtleties of the wildlife they represent in their art. Their love of wildlife and the stories of their expeditions into the wild is captured in their bronze sculptures. Each sculpture they create tells a piece of the animals story that the Caswells learned in their time getting to observing it.
Both Rip and Alison have created artwork their entire lives, and sculpture cast in bronze is a mutual passion. Combined they have over 30 years creating monumental public artwork and wildlife sculptures. They hope that their artwork will evoke admiration and love for the wildlife, and that viewers will feel inspired to protect the animals with which we share the planet with.
“When we take action to protect wildlife, we help to revitalize the bond between mankind and the natural world that surrounds us.”
The Caswells built their artistic foundation in the taxidermy industry, creating fiberglass mounts that have become the industry's standards for anatomy reference and forms. This began their process of familiarizing with wildlife, observing animals in nature and obtaining real-life reference, measurements and sketches. In 1991, their taxidermy forms won best in the nation at the National Taxidermists Association's Annual Competition. They have created similar forms for the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, and other notable museums. Twenty five years ago they transitioned from taxidermy to fine art bronze sculpture. They have maintained a database of references taken from actual animals they had in hand from their taxidermy to guide the creation process and anatomical accuracy of their bronze sculptures. Since transitioning to fine art, they have created bronzes for a number of the nation's most influential donors of conservation causes.
Rip & Alison’s Creative Process
Rip and Alison's Creative Process
Each piece starts with references they have complied including illustrations and photographs of the animals from all different angles.
“We use photographs taken from a distance to capture the silhouette of the animal, and then we take up-close photos to capture subtle features to incorporate textures and small details into the sculpture.”
Circumference and linear measurements from the animal are taken and labeled on their illustrations to define the anatomical markers they follow when creating the sculpture in clay. Notes taken in the field describing unique mannerisms and notable features are referenced and incorporated into the piece. The details of the animal's movement, gesture, gaze and pose brings it to life.
“It is important to witness the presence of the animals in person so we can transfer their same presence into sculpted artwork.”
The initial gesture gesture of the animal is created in a natural oil-based clay. Scaled down reference measurements are taken using calipers to make sure the anatomical proportions are accurate on a smaller level. Each sculpture requires approximately two hundred hours in the studio perfecting the clay piece from start to finish. Then the process of casting it in bronze begins.
The process to take a sculpture from clay to bronze is called Lost Wax casting. Rip and Alison own a casting facility called Firebird Bronze Foundry and employ 15 artists who are individually specialized in different aspects of the casting process. It typically takes 12-16 weeks to cast a sculpture in bronze, depending on the complexity of the sculpture. The Lost Wax method of casting has been used for over 6,000 years and still remains the single best way to create artwork in bronze.
2016 United States Naval Order, Honorary Member
2014 Audubon Society, Featured Artist Recognition
2008 High Desert Museum, Artist Awarded Permanent Display
Click here to visit their artist page and view their collection or come visit us at Gallery Wild!
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
Bridgette finds her inspiration by walking in the woods, being outside in inclement weather, watching fog roll off mountains, and seeing the light play on the landscape. The unique landscapes she creates in her pieces capture memories of wild spaces in beeswax to preserve the feeling of being outdoors and connecting with nature. Her art brings the connection with the outside in. The depth she creates with the layers in her work evokes the calm serene feeling of the mountains in the morning or following a storm.
“By showcasing beautiful places, we draw attention to lands we love and by loving them, we can inspire others to protect them.”
Bridgette lives a unique lifestyle with her husband, Matt in an A-Frame cabin outside of Park City. Her studio is built into a shipping container and Matt builds all of her frames.
“In the winter, we get too much snow, so we snowmobile home for 6 months of the year [including art!]. It's a fun lifestyle - in the winter, we backcountry ski right from the house, and in the summer, we mountain bike to world class trails from the house too”
Gallery Wild is proud to represent an artist who supports conservation of open spaces with the proceeds of her work. Bridgette's passion for and appreciation of wild spaces is felt through each of her pieces. She brings the landscape alive in her work by pulling from a combination of sketches, watercolor, photographs and memory. The layers and texture of the final piece is very unique and really shares her experience of the landscape with us.
Bridgette’s passion for the environment and inspiring others to protect open spaces didn't start with art, though being an artist was always a desire. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SDSU and a Master's in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford. Initially she worked as a sustainability consultant helping companies reduce their environmental impact. When the economy tanked and that work dried up, she began writing for websites and other publications focusing on green design, sustainable architecture and eco fashion. She also wrote a book during this time about sustainable architecture in the context of natural disasters. Though that work was in line with her education, during this time period she also followed her passion for art and began painting again. Thanks to a rafting trip on the Green River through Desolation Canyon, Utah, the time disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with nature gave Bridgette the clarity to determined she wanted to be an artists. You can read about this journey in her new self-published book Down Deso.
Bridgette's process is very unique in that she uses encaustic paints. Encaustic painting uses heated wax mixed with pigments. It is an old medium, but has gained popularity in the last decade. Bridgette took a encaustic workshop in 2009 and fell in love with the look, feel and way it worked. She is largely self-taught and has developed her unique process and techniques.
Each piece is painted on hard wood panels starting with a layer of gesso to prime the surface. To create a 3D landscape in a 2D space, Bridgette layers encaustic with milk paint. The beeswax is melted in electric skillets and applied using large 8 inch brushes. The layers not only create the look of depth in the landscape, but actually creates depth in the piece of work. The trees and mountains are painted with milk paint, and the color is rubbed into the wax using pigment sticks. As the wax cools, it hardens. Bridgette uses a torch and scraping tools to make each layer smooth. The piece is finished with a final layer of wax and nothing more.
Click here to see Bridgette’s work or come visit us at Gallery Wild!
“We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us. They cannot speak for themselves.”
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
Meagan's inspiration comes from decades spent in the wilderness; where she grew up. Her parents were avid mountaineers, skiers, and outdoor adventurers that didn't change their lifestyle when Meagan came along. Growing up without a television and for a time without running water or electricity in a remote cabin, she spent her childhood camping in the snow, skiing, and exploring the outdoors. Every family vacation was some sort of epic adventure involving wild places and wildlife in various western states from Alaska to Colorado. Her dad had a ‘no trails’ rule that took the family hiking into the wilderness for a week or two at a time to cipher topographic maps and explore remote high country, trekking between difficult to reach mountain lakes. During these excursions, they almost never saw people, but encountered wildlife that was vibrant and diverse.
“To me, these wild creatures made up the societal structure of the wilderness I was inhabiting at the time. Always one to have an active imagination, the animals that crossed my path seemed to take on an individuality of their own. Depicting these personalities and the secret lives of wild animals as I imagine them to be is a concept I love to explore in my work.”
Meagan's wilderness experience as a kid gave her a deep love for wild creatures and wild places that has lasted. She chooses to paint them in order to share their power, grace, and beauty with others who, perhaps don’t have the opportunity to explore the wilderness in quite the same way. Gallery Wild is proud to represent an artist who's passion for art is also conservation driven and in line with our mission to impassion others to help protect wildlife and wild places for future generations:
“It is difficult for a person to be concerned about an issue they have no personal connection with. I endeavor to create a link between my subjects and those that view my work. Therein lies the magic of art; it can stir emotion in someone who has never had any personal interaction with a specific animal in its natural environment. This then garners an interest in the conservation and proper management of wild animals and their natural habitats.”
Meagan first began her involvement with the arts as a trained vocalist, pianist and professional musician. She began painting in 2002 with the encouragement of a friend who is a professional artist and recognized her aptitude for visual arts as well.
“To my surprise, I loved the whole process of painting. I started out in watercolors and within a year or so had shifted to oils because they are a more flexible medium and painting process. I still go to my watercolors for quick sketches or painting on the road as they are so easy to travel with.”
Her painting career has evolved through self directed study, workshops and mentorships. She has had the privilege of learning from artists like Chad Poppleton, Robert Moore, Whitney M. Hall, and John DeMott, among others.
“I have also been blessed to mentor with dear friend and fellow artist Terry C. Hall for the past several years. Her consistent critiques and unwavering encouragement to continue to hone my own voice and style as it comes through on the canvas has been invaluable.”
Meagan’s wildlife subjects are brought to life by her first hand experiences and their settings are influenced by her favorite literary genres- nonfiction and fantasy. This pairing meets in her paintings in the form of a juxtaposition of these two components. An animal subject is rendered in a contemporary realist style and inhabits a fantastical environment where the elements are illustrative, often hinting at the story behind the image.
Meagan is very particular about the pigments she uses. She selects only the highest quality professional grade paints so the color remains vibrant, is lightfast for centuries and mixes well without greying and losing its identity. She uses only non toxic mediums, preferring Chelsea Classical Studio Lavender mediums for most applications. If a dryer is needed she uses Gamsol for the underlying washes and walnut alkyd as a medium when applying thicker paint.
Meagan's work has won numerous awards locally and internationally. She is well known and featured in western art magazines and has won the honor of creating public art installations and art for the Ellensburg Rodeo.
2017 Poster Artist, 95th Annual Ellensburg Rodeo
2017 BoldBrush FASO Fav15, May & June
2016 Gallery First Choice, International Gallery Awards Mondial Art Academy International, Aimargues France
2016 Cover Artist, Official Ellensburg Rodeo Program
2016 People's Choice, Out West Art Show & Fine Art Connoisseur
2015 Public Art Installation, Downtown Billings Montana
2015 Ambassador for Montana, Mondial Art Academy International, Aimargues France
2015 Boldbrush FASO Fav15, May
2014 SIG Grant Award, Montana Arts Council
Visit her artists page or come visit us at Gallery Wild to see her work!
Friday September 7 – Gallery Wild - Photography Exhibition and Artist Reception
Join wildlife photographers Dwight Vasel, Josh Myers and Jason Williams for drinks and appetizers while enjoying their unique images of wildlife and the natural world. They will share their vision, inspiration and stories from the field. Food will be provided by Gather from 5-7pm and drinks will be served from 5-8.
5-8 pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com
Saturday September 8 – Get Wild – Find Your Inner Artist
Get wild (or at least get your hands dirty) with Gallery Wild artists as they share their craft with hands on demonstrations including how to sculpt, paint and create outstanding images. You will have the opportunity to experiment with materials, tools and equipment in a working artist studio. Enjoy cocktails, beer and wine, an appetizer or two and great company!
5-8pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com
Wednesday September 12 – Gallery Wild – Artist Reception for Rip and Alison Caswell
Don't miss your opportunity to meet Rip and Alison Caswell! This dynamic husband and wife sculpting duo has work that spans several genres and includes everything from prestigious monuments at Pearl Harbor and beloved university mascots to small collectible pieces to enjoy at home. Cocktails, wine and beer will be served.
5-8pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com
Friday September 14th – Gallery Wild – Artist Reception for Carrie Wild and Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson and Carrie Wild invite you to celebrate the wildlife and wondrous landscapes of the west that inspire them. Their contemporary vision of the wild is bold, exciting and fresh while maintaining an accuracy that is difficult to achieve. See their newest works, get inspired and enjoy a great evening of wild art!
5-8pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com
Saturday September 15th – Gallery Wild – “Life Lived Wild” Artist Celebration
Join the Gallery Wild artists to celebrate wildlife, wild places and the experience of wild that inspires their work. Enjoy a curated collection of work by nationally recognized contemporary artists including photography, paintings and sculpture. Gallery Wild artists will be available to answer questions, tell stories and share their process of creation. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and of course, great conversation!
12-6 pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com
Sunday September 16th – Gallery Wild – Art Brunch Gallery Walk
Stop by Gallery Wild to enjoy brunch, a bloody mary or a mimosa on the final event of the Fall Arts Festival. Enjoy more great art and say hello to your favorite artists.
11am-3pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com
Tuesday September 4 – Gallery Wild Grand Opening Party
Be our guests to experience Jackson Hole's newest fine art gallery! Founded by contemporary wildlife artist Carrie Wild and wildlife photographer Jason Williams, Gallery Wild will highlight fine art and artists that celebrate wildlife, open spaces and conservation of the natural world. Gallery Wild hopes to use art to inspire, educate and delight collectors with all things wild.
Enjoy appetizers by Gather, desserts by Atelier Ortega and Wild West Bakery, cocktails by Jackson Hole Stillworks and a selection of wine and beer. Meet some of Gallery Wild's artists including the gallery's namesake painter, Carrie Wild, photographer Jason Williams, sculptors Rip and Alison Caswell and painter Meagan Abra Blessing. Great art, great people and some tasty treats will help celebrate Jackson Hole's newest fine art gallery!
5-8pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com