One of our favorite sayings around here is that, “We have 7 months of visitors and 5 months of winter.” Indeed, when weather is warm and roads are accessible, we have waves of visitors. And that’s fine – taking care of guests in the gorgeous green summer months is easy. But we have to give special kudus to those who not only dare to visit us in the winter, but revel in the beauty, drama and contrasts that our severe winter months throw at us. One such intrepid traveler last winter was well known wildlife artist, Jay Johnson. On a tight schedule, he had no flexibility in the days he could visit and ended up here on two of the coldest, subzero days of the winter. Jay loves “playing with light” – that’s obvious if you look at his paintings – and it was so fascinating to see the difference in our photographs. We saw the same things he saw, but while my photos were “accurate and interesting”, Jay’s photos brought out the magic in a “buffalo winter”. Can’t wait to see what he does with it in a painting!
Art is in the eye (or talent) of the beholder! December 12, 2010