Western Landscapes Blossom at Astoria Fine Art

Western Landscapes Blossom at Astoria Fine Art
Richard Schmid "Pansy Sketch," 12 x 20" oil on canvas.
Richard Schmid “Pansy Sketch,” 12 x 20″ oil on canvas.

Astoria Fine Art, located on the north side of Jackson’s Town Square, has expanded its space. Inside the gallery you’ll find everything from wildlife sculptures (contemporary and traditional), to paintings, basketry and bronzes. Astoria’s gallery “mood” is much like that of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s, a Jackson “must see.” Over the years, Astoria has broadened its oeuvre.

Artist Richard Schmid came on to Jackson’s art scene like gangbusters. His diminutive painting of carnations sold for five times its estimate price at the prestigious Western Art venue, the Jackson Hole Art Auction. Schmid’s “Pansy Sketch,” above, is available at Astoria, along with other lovely works.

Scott Christensen, Winter Light, 20 x 20", oil.
Scott Christensen, Winter Light, 20 x 20″, oil.

Astoria also represents Scott Christensen, one of this country’s most acclaimed landscape artists. He’s a giant in the field, a tonalist and an exquisite, confident realist. Christensen paints landscapes all around the country, but his heart resides here. His Wyoming boyhood memories are vivid; perhaps the most influential for Christensen is witnessing his wheelchair-bound grandfather, injured on the farm, submerse himself in painting. Seonaid B. Campell writes of Christensen that “in composition one must consider not just the tree but the shape of a tree as it relates to the sky. Colors, too, are connected.”

“Color can’t stand on its own; it’s always the color next to it that affects it,” [Christensen] says. “It’s the juncture that requires the most thought.”  Christensen is a master and a mentor. While you’re out gallery hopping, don’t miss the chance to view his work!

And always check my blog, the Jackson Hole Art Blog, to find out about other Jackson Hole art happenings!