KATHY WIPFLER

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About the Artist

Originally from rural central California, I came to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1979.  Having had a "real" job as a surgical technician in Idaho, I moved to Jackson to pursue my dream (since age 9) to make a living painting pictures.

My first summer in Wyoming I was able to paint on location once a week with Greg McHuron, who set me on the correct path of hard work and study of the painting craft.  Other mentors include Hollis Williford, Skip Whitcomb, and Ned Jacob. 

I was also lucky to have occasional help from Conrad Schwiering and John Clymer, both Jackson Hole residents, and grand gracious men.

The list of jobs I did to support my early painting years is quite varied: window washer; polo horse groom; cowboy; house painter; waitress (I was a lousy waitress!); UPS delivery help; and property caretaker.

My caretaking job has been a long association with a wonderful Jackson Hole rancher and international polo player.  I've lived in a log cabin on his ranch for over 20 years.  I've spent many days riding the range and ranches of Teton and Sublette Counties, which has given me a rich view of the natural and cowboy life in Wyoming's western mountains.

Larry and I have recently finished building our new home and painting studio in Jackson Hole.

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                                                                                          Photo by Bill Anton
 

Click here to see the French Broadcast of the Grand Tetons which shows
Kathy painting plein air in winter.

 
 

Click here to see the article in
"Western Art & Architecture"  Spring/Summer 2008 issue.