I have been asked (by the inner me) to produce my “Artistic License”. It proves that I am an artist that is “entitled to stretch the truth, bend the rules and push the boundaries while while performing acts of creativity. Use with reckless abandon.” The unwritten assumption is that I also am allowed to change my mind – after sketching and painting hummingbirds, western tanagers, and other wetland birds to consider for inclusion in my collection for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View22: Field Study project, I completely switched gears today and painted this little study I will call “Hidden Treasure”. It may become a larger painting as well. I just love this little gem of a secluded wetland in Wilson, WY, particularly because this quiet little stream runs through it. The light glinting on the surface is what attracted me to it as a painting subject. This piece is painted on a silver board. I will try it on a gold board as well. Stay tuned…

 

– Kay Stratman