I have spent the last couple of weeks driving from one visually accessible Land Trust site to the next and I am struck by how this land defines our valley. I am imagining the work has been strategic, and that is why Highway 22, Spring Gulch Road and the Snake are flanked by these sites due to the work of the Land Trust and the generosity of the land owners. I am grateful for the visual feast that is mine, and all of ours, every single day.
I work from photographs, so of course I made many stops to photograph anything on the Land Trust sites that caught my eye. From Emily’s pond, the Hansen and Poodle Ranches to Indian Springs, the Walton Ranch and Bar BC meadow, I found inspiration.
In the end I did not choose just one site to inspire my work, but rather I chose the incredible palette that these lands offer us as a whole. I am painting with all the rich greens of the grasses and trees, the blues of the mountains, the pinks of an evening sky, the soft yellows of the grasses. I am allowing myself to be inspired by all that I can see every single day because I am lucky enough to live where so many have conspired to conserve this land for all of us in the here and now, and for posterity.
– Pamela Gibson