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
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.
Photo by Bill Anton