“She creates the most wonderful images featuring vintage toy skiers trekking up and racing down snow-covered slopes. At first glance you don’t realize the figures are toys because of the way she sets up the shots, so there’s a sort of unfolding in the way you experience the art. Ski enthusiasts looking to refresh their art or needing something super fun, colorful and lively should check out her work. Put a large work as a statement in a living room or entryway, or a grid of smaller images in a game room or bunk room.” - Chase Reynolds Ewald
Chase is a regular contributing writer for Mountain Living Magazine, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture Magazine and others and author of several American design books, including American Rustic, Cabin Style, Rustic Modern, Modern Americana, Western Home and others.
Look closely at these photographs. The skiers in the Skier Series (and Other Athlete Series) are miniature antique toys from the 1930's and 40's photographed high in the mountains at premier ski resorts. These tiny figures draw you in, evoke a nostalgic feeling for the dawn of skiing but are presented in a vibrant, modern context. The mix of old and new creates a great visual addition to any home or mountain space. These images showcase the beauty of mountain landscapes with a wink of whimsy designed to draw the viewer in and surprise and delight.
All images are taken on site and not photoshopped to appear on location.
In addition to the skier series, I have created digital collage pieces that use this imagery as the basis for the new work. The Cabin Fever Series was inspired by designs from rugs, blankets and quilts often seen in mountain homes, made up of hundreds of Hooey Mountain images. Brought together, they are transformed to a new art form. These designs are customizable and scale great for large space. They pair well with any of the toy skier or other athlete photographs.
There are so many more images and some works of art that are not yet uploaded to this site. I add more images throughout a year, so check back regularly. For many of the vertical shots, there is a horizontal versions and vice versa. Don't hesitate to ask if you need a different orientation of an image or are looking for something specific to fill a space. I chose a variety that I thought suited many different styles. If you follow @hooeymountain on Instagram (or Facebook) you'll be treated to many more images. If you see something you like on Instagram not offered here, contact me and let me know how I can help you.
Finally, a few people have asked where each of the skier photos were shot. I have visited many of your home mountains, but sometimes the weather does not cooperate for the days that I am there and I would not want you to feel left out of the fun. So think of the skiers as photographed where ever you want them to be or that they simply exist in your mind on Hooey Mountain. I hope the photos conjure in you the broad feeling of happiness you associate with skiing without tying into a single experience or place.