Capturing the Teton Spirit: Meet rising artist Liz Park

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Local artist Liz Park blends her love of the west with the inspiration she gleams from living amidst some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Park grew up in Pennsylvania and first moved out west when she attended Colorado State University and worked at a dude ranch. To pursue her art, she needed to attend a more specialized college, so after two years in Colorado she transferred to the Savannah College of Art and Science in Georgia. Following graduation in 2006, Park moved back out west. "I ended up getting hired at the Gros Ventre River Ranch out in Kelly," she said. Park has since put down roots in the area -- she met her husband, bought a house in Victor and is working for Kate's Real Food, the company that makes Tram Bars. But she hasn't stropped creating art. [image: Inline image 1] *Targhee Tetons, 2015 by Liz Park*. *h/t Liz Park* "I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, oil painting, which takes a lot of set up and clean up. Living in ranch housing is not conducive to having your stuff laid out everywhere, so I started to draw more," she said. "One time when the ranch was re-doing the bed of an old truck, they gave me a bunch of scrap wood. That is when I started painting on wood." Her work, much of which is painted on wood panels, blends western style with a Teton twist. [image: Inline image 2] *BAM, 2015 by Liz Park.* *h/t Liz Park* [image: Inline image 3] *NIPS DEEP, 2015 by Liz Park. h/t Liz Park* "I like to use abstract and realistic elements all together to make images," said Park. "I do the highly realistic pencil drawings, which are satisfying to one end, but looking at the mountains like we do everyday, there is so much opportunity to find shapes and abstract elements. I put those together so the piece is still realistic, but uses simpler shapes or colors." Park said that she likes using fewer colors and fewer brushstrokes to create a realistic image. "I really like painting the mountains around here because of the reaction people have when they see them. They recognize them instantly," she said. [image: Inline image 4] *Art by Liz Park.* *h/t Liz Park* For the month of January, Hilary's work is on display at Cowboy Coffee and in September, her art will be up at Pearl Street Bagels. She also participates in the Plein Air Festival hosted by the National Museum of Wildlife Art each year. See more of Liz Park's work at *Feature Photo: Liz *Park*. h/t Liz Park / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening