About Hooey


About Hooey

I have been a creator all my life in a multitude of mediums including oil, fiber, and  photography. I have a need to make things and get my hands dirty. Currently I am working in photography and 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 100 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930's-40's) that I have used as the basis for the Skier Series.

Additionally, for the past eighteen years, I have actively served on the board of the oldest private ski club in America which sparked my interest in the history of skiing.

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 the same joy they bring me.


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



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

Cover Photo – Mountain Town Magazine, Colorado Publication, Winter 2020

Ski Moms Fun Podcast Season 2: Episode 5 here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ski-mom-photographer-hooey-wilks-shares-her-vintage/id1593888991?i=1000581620822

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



“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

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

Stephanie Hunt (Flair Hunter), Park City, Utah

Dot & Co. Design, Deer Valley, UT

Melanie Turner Interiors, Big Sky, Montana / Atlanta, Georgia

Erika and Co Interiors, Big Sky, Montana

IBD Design Studio, Breckenridge, CO

Jill Self Design, Park City, Utah

Harker Design, Salt Lake City, UT

Sarah Falso, Manlius, New York

Gallatin Valley Design Group, Bozeman, Montana

Amy Casey, Casey St. John, Edwards, Colorado

Abby Heatherington Interiors, Bozeman, Montana

Ainsley Hayes Designs, New Canaan, CT

IconMT, Bozeman, MT

Teaselwood Designs, Ludlow, VT

Urbaine Home, Bozeman, MT

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

Barclay Butera, Park City, UT

Tahoe Modern, Truckee, CA

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