I moved to Jackson Hole in 1980 to pursue a career in fine art. In my first years here, I did lots of part time work for some of the descendants of the homesteaders of the valley. I was graced by their myriad stories of the struggles to survive in very hard times & a harsh climate. One of those families worked the lands of the Hatchet Ranch, using horse power & human grit to succeed in making the land productive enough to raise their families & keep the Hatchet & surrounding land open.
When I am on location painting these places, the stories I have heard help to inform me of the recent human connection to this amazing place.
– Kathy Wipfler