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. I am passionate about skiing and anything old. Also, I love being outdoors.
Ten years ago for Christmas 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 my current work shown here in Hooey Mountain. These last two years, I packed up some of my collection and began photographing them on site at some of my favorite mountain resorts all over the country.
This fun series with a very specific subject has allowed me to refocus my interests and talents and pair them with something I truly love. Skiing and Art. Additionally, for the past fourteen 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.
I am so happy to be sharing these images and hope they bring you the same joy they bring me.
Specific to my Hooey Mountain work, below is some more info about this body of work and their presence.
New Canaan Carriage Barn Fall Art Show – Group Show 2019
Art in the Windows, Downtown New Canaan, 2020
New Canaan Carriage Barn Art Show – Group Show 2020
Rowayton Art Center, CT - Juried Holiday Art Show - 2020
Oil and Oak, Katona, NY
Art Gallery on Mill, Farmington, CT
Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT
Cover Photo – Mountain Town Magazine, Colorado Publication, Winter 2020
Artist Article, Explore Big Sky, March 2020
New Exhibiting Artist Selection - CTPost, New Canaan Advertiser, Rowayton Arts, November 2020
Interior Designer Placements
Abby Heatherington Interiors, Bozeman, Montana
Katy Allen Interior Design, Vail, Colorado
Stephanie Hunt (Flair Hunter), Park City, Utah
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
Ainsley Hayes Designs, New Canaan, CT
Melanie Turner Home, Big Sky, Montana
Erika and Co, Big Sky, Montana
US Ski and Snowboard Team – Fall Gala Auction, NYC 2019, 2020
Pink Park City – Huntsman Cancer Center Fund Raiser 2020 (postponed)
Vancouver Island Avalanche Center Society, Vancouver Island, BC Canada 2020
SheJumps - Giving Tuesday 2019
My recent venture in the art world is and has been based on a photo series of my extensive collection of over 100 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930’s and 40’s). The images are taken in snow, high in the mountains at ski resorts across the country, not photoshopped to appear on location. This work showcases the beauty of mountain landscapes with a wink of whimsy designed to draw the viewer in and surprise and delight. I love working at that intersections of time and nature and forcing the viewer to question what is real. I try and create a sense of movement even though none exists. In the last six months, I have expanded on that original photo series by creating new work as my world was upended. These new works explore what it means to be a skier (or human) during a global pandemic, social unrest, and global warming. It asks the question if what you are seeing is real. This work brings order to chaos and adds additional layers to the experience of my vintage toy images. In a year which is proving to be challenging for so many, my art is fresh and brings much needed joy during these uncertain times.