"Warning - extreme blowover danger!" The flashing signs crossing Wyoming on HWY 80 meant business. The 65mph + winds rattled and rocked my little Mini Cooper Clubman. But she held steady, helped I presume by the weight of 10 heavy panels for painting and a few hundred pounds of art supplies and other stuff. Art saves lives!
I was met by my host at the gates to this 15,000 acre luxury working cattle ranch in the Medicine Bow region of western Wyoming. There are 8 artists here of different disciplines - composers, photographer, writers, visual artists. My private quarters are modest but warm and snug with the spring snow showers coming down. My studio is spacious and is stocked with everything I didn't bring, and some that I did bring too. We won't want for anything here.
The kitchen is warm and inviting, the meals are prepared for us, and the heavy pine dinner table is lively with conversation.
This is my first artist residency in the U.S. My preference has been to step outside of my culture to see how the world would impact my work. But my own country and culture is exotic in its own right, and I'm inclined to explore the diverse and varied people and landscape in America, despite this strangest of times. And I love that I can load up my car with supplies and hit the open road!