Painter Greg McHuron will open the 2011 Grand Teton Association’s Artists in the Environment Plein Air Summer Series on Saturday, June 11. McHuron will give a public painting demonstration at Grand Teton National Park’s Chapel of the Transfiguration, 4-7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Plein air painter Greg McHuron co-founded the program with landscape artist Conrad Schwiering, and has been painting in the Western United States for over 35 years. Represented in galleries and museums throughout the West, he is a signature member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter Association and Artists for Conservation.
McHuron’s masterful triskaidekatych mural, a 13-piece painting depicting the region’s wildlife and habitat, graces the walls of the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor’s Center in Jackson, Wyoming. As viewers follow the mural, they can follow the footsteps of an elk herd on the run and imagine their trumpeting call. Wetland and riparian habitat are drenched in rust and honey browns of fall; waterfowl and moose partake of the stream, yellow aspens gobbling up their horizons. An aspen grove, surveyed by a great horned owl and guarded by a bull elk. Climb into the sagebrush and grasslands, to the timberline and snowy cliffs where big horn sheep crest the mountain’s rise. At the pinnacle, snow buries all but a giant grizzly on top of the world, caught in purest sunlight and blue sky.
McHuron paints en plein air in locations ranging from northern Alaska to the Grand Canyon. His work is part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection.
“I prefer painting…en plein air as the drama and excitement that occurs all around me is difficult to recreate in a studio environment,” notes McHuron. “When I paint the rapidly changing scenes, I put into each of them the feelings and excitement that I felt while watching the scene unfold. Years of watching, analyzing and learning from nature’s school ground has helped me to understand the interrelations between organic and inorganic entities and how different lighting, seasons and locations affect how they look and react. If I can capture that particular feeling, I know that those viewing my works will come to feel some of the emotions and excitement that motivated my wanting to record this particular fleeting moment.”
I will be on hand to moderate the event. See you there!
For information, contact Tammy Christel: [email protected] Grand Teton Association: 307.739.3606
The National Musuem of Wildlife Art’s 2011 Out of the Box Show takes place June 24, 2011. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, and the auction begins at 7:00 pm. A display of boxes up for sale is on exhibit beginning Saturday, June 11, 2011, in the Museum’s Wapiti Gallery. Auction proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs. Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and prizes. www.wildlifeart.org