November 23rd, 2020
Although we’ve been unable to travel as much as we might have liked to this year, we can take solace in the memories of our past travels and in the dreams of travels yet to come. It’s then no wonder that Architectural Digest reports an increased demand for travel-related art this year. As they write, “With people spending more time indoors, wanderlust has found an outlet on the walls of adventure seekers’ private spaces.”
In that spirit, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite travel art pieces to fulfill all of your adventure cravings. Which beautifully painted scene best satisfies your wanderlust?
MOAB, UTAH – by Glen Hawkins
Glen Hawkins pays homage to the rugged landscape of the American West in this piece “Monument.” The dusty hues of these desert towers will make you long for the long shadows and slow pace of life of the desert. While we wait for safer travel days ahead, we can continue dreaming of the great majesty of this sacred land.
PINK SAND BEACHES – by Jonathan Julien
The work of Jonathan Julien often has us aching for pristine, powdery ski slopes, but his work “Her Pink Sand,” gives us an entirely different type of wanderlust. As we enter this chilly winter season, perhaps the art on our walls can instill in us a sense of the warmth and wonder of summer in far-off lands. Energy swirls within Jonathan Julien’s work, giving us a sense of the palm trees swaying, a sense of the refreshing cool of the bright turquoise water, and a sense of the comfort of pink sand between our toes. Which beach from your travels does this piece remind you of?
BRIGHTON ESTATE – by Bridgette Meinhold
Our local artist Bridgette Meinhold has a way of encapsulating the unique beauty of our Park City mountains. We hope Meinhold’s new work brings you dreamy memories of Park City trips past and peaceful visions of trips future. For our local collectors, Meinhold’s latest encaustic work will only affirm your love for the magical place we get to call home. See more of Meinhold’s magic in her latest show, “Letters to the Universe.”
SAND DUNES OF SAN JUAN – by Sarah Winkler
The resplendently textured layers of Sarah Winkler’s work beautifully echo the layers of the Colorado landscape. This piece, “Dunes Colliding at the San Juans” captures the soft hues of the distant mountains, the smooth hills of the sand dunes, and the dazzling foliage that surrounds the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. In this work, Winkler gives us such a brilliant sense of place all while maintaining her signature modern, dynamic style.
ASPEN GROVE – by Pamela Murphy
Get lost in the enchanted woods of Pamela Murphy’s “Check Mates.” During this tumultuous year, a visit to a fairytale aspen grove might be exactly what we need – even if it’s just through a painting on the wall. While the bright gold leaves of our beloved aspen trees may be shed, we can still find beautiful charm in the white trunks and matching pair in this picture perfect scene.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – by Ron Russon
Local artist Ron Russon often finds inspiration in the wildlife he encounters on his trips to Yellowstone National Park. While we may not have a chance to travel there in person, Ron Russon’s vivid, colorful work transports us to the open plains of Wyoming. The loose strokes and intricate textures of his work give us a feeling of the wildness of the landscape and the majesty of its creatures.
WINTER WONDERLAND – by Warren Neary
In this winter wonderland scene, you can sense the still quiet of a winter sunrise in Warren Neary’s aptly named piece, “Silence.” According to Architectural Digest, there has been a noticeable uptick in sales of paintings depicting sunrises, like the one in this luminous piece. “Those views are energetic, and their vibrant colors are uplifting,” artist Sarah LaPierre writes, “Very symbolic of the first light of a new day.” This same kind of energy and light is exactly what we need more of this year — in our hearts and in our homes.
We hope our artists’ work has filled you with nostalgic memories of travels past and wanderlust dreams of travels future. Which travel art piece beckons to you the most?
Written by Veronica Vale