About Hooey


About Hooey

I have been a creator all my life in a multitude of mediums including oil, fiber, and  photography. Currently I am working in photography and contemporary mix media. I love working at the intersection of time and nature and forcing the viewer to question what is real. I create movement where none exists in both figurative and non-figurative work. There is a story to be told and an unfolding of the art as the viewer experiences what they are seeing.

Over a decade ago, I bought my husband the first two antique toy skiers  in what has now become an extensive collection of over 150 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930's-40's) that I have used as the basis for the Skier Series. The work is taken ski resorts, high in the mountains. I am constantly exploring the landscape, examining the environment and the details that mimic what I am feeling, but on a smaller scale. I use framing, perspective and depth of field to bring the toys to life and celebrate the beauty of the landscape.

At a time when we all could use a little more joy in our lives, I am so happy to be sharing these images and hope they bring you and your home the same joy they bring me.


Hooey's work has been exhibited nationally, and her images are part of private national and international collections. Her work can be seen in person in several galleries in the US or at her studio where she also has her collection of over 150 antiques toy skiers available for viewing.



Union College, Schenectady, NY: Studied photography with Martin Benjamin.

Additional course work:
Parsons, NY, NY
The New School, NY, NY
Silvermine Art School, New Canaan, CT

Specific to my Hooey Mountain work, below is some more info about this body of work and their presence.


Gallery wall in Stowe on Hooey Mountain photos    Photographer Hooey Wilks at work



Jules Place, Boston, MA

Art in the Village, Warren, VT

Three Pears, Dorset, VT

Robert Paul Galleries, Stowe, VT

Oil and Oak, Katona, NY

Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT

Axel's Gallery and Framing, Waterbury, VT


Some Press

Connecticut Cottages and Gardens - Spring 2023, Page 56

Cover Photo – Mountain Town Magazine, Colorado Publication, Winter 2020 (Above)

Artist Article, Explore Big Sky, March 2020 (LINKED)

Ski Moms Fun - Podcast Season 2: Episode 5 2022

Ski Divas Forum - Podcast 2023

HamletHub - Q and A with local art businesses  2023


“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 and author of several American design books, including American Rustic, Cabin Style, Rustic Modern, Modern Americana, Western Home and others.


Some Interior Designer Placements

Abby Heatherington Interiors, Bozeman, MT

Alder and Tweed, Big Sky, MT / Park City, UT

Altitude Design Co, Lake Tahoe, CA

Ainsley Hayes Designs, New Canaan, CT

Amy Casey, Casey St. John, Vail, CO

Barclay Butera, Park City, UT

Carol Moore Mink, Beaver Creak, CO (Bespoke Wall Paper) and prints  

Debbie Bagby, Big Sky, MT

Dot & Co. Design, Deer Valley, UT

Erika and Co Interiors, Big Sky, MT

Gallatin Valley Design Group, Bozeman, MT

Harker Design, Salt Lake City, UT

IBD Design Studio, Breckenridge, CO

IconMT, Bozeman, MT

Jennifer Hoey Interior Design, Yellowstone, MT

Melanie Turner Interiors, Big Sky, MT / Atlanta, GA

Rebecca Loewke Interiors, Yellowstone, MT

Sarah Falso, Manlius, NY

Stephanie Hunt (Flair Hunter), Park City, UT

Tahoe Modern, Lake Tahoe, CA 

Teaselwood Designs, Ludlow, VT

Urbaine Home, Bozeman, MT

Zehren and Associates, Beaver Creek, CO

Some Donations

Moonlight Community Foundation, Big Sky Arts, US Ski and Snowboard Team, Pink Park City – Huntsman Cancer Center, Vancouver Island Avalanche Center Society, SheJumps, Lindsey Vohn Foundation, Protect Our Winters

Artist Statement:

I am a contemporary artist working in photography and mix media. Much of my work plays well with mountain homes. I love working at the intersection of time and nature and forcing the viewer to question what is real.  I create movement where none exists. There is a story to be told and an unfolding of the art as the viewer experiences it.


Hooey Mountain Press Article in Explore Big Sky