Robert Dun­can

Western Art Collector - - LETTER EDITOR FROM THE - ROBERT DUN­CAN

Beauty in the jour­ney

In his lat­est se­ries of paint­ings, Utah­based artist Robert Dun­can is spot­light­ing the mo­ments in life where beauty is on full dis­play. Th­ese are awe-in­spir­ing mo­ments when both the viewer and the peo­ple in his works take a mo­ment to pause and en­joy every­thing that sur­rounds them. “I’ve been think­ing a lot about the value of beauty in our lives and notic­ing the every­day things around us that lift us up through the beauty we see and the beauty of sim­ple things,” Dun­can says.

March 4 through 16, Dun­can will dis­play th­ese new­est paint­ings in the solo ex­hi­bi­tion Beauty in the Jour­ney at Trail­side Gal­leries in Jack­son Hole, Wy­oming. On view will be his clas­sic West­ern scenes, im­ages of ru­ral farm life and wildlife com­po­si­tions.

One of the stand­out pieces in the show is Spread Your Wings, which de­picts his grand­daugh­ters on horse­back, wind through their hair and arms out­stretched. “I hope [the paint­ing] gives a lot of other girls the feel­ing of free­dom and fly­ing in the wind that my grand­daugh­ters were feel­ing at the time,” he says.

A Wel­come Sight is an­other work fea­tur­ing one of his grand­daugh­ters, who when pulling her sled through the fresh snow en­coun­tered

two deer nib­bling at a bush. “We have a herd of deer around our place that are here all the time in sum­mer and win­ter,” Dun­can ex­plains, con­tin­u­ing, “That mem­ory will al­ways be there for her and that feel­ing of awe and in­spi­ra­tion that she felt com­ing on a cou­ple of beau­ti­ful deer in the back­yard.”

Dun­can’s wildlife paint­ing Win­ter’s Com­ing came about while vis­it­ing the Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park about two months ago. “Part of my in­spi­ra­tion for that paint­ing was my feel­ing of grat­i­tude for the peo­ple who years ago put their hearts and minds to­gether to pre­serve Jack­son Hole,” the artist says. “And now we can still—100 years later or how­ever long it’s been—go up there and there’s this beau­ti­ful val­ley that’s open, clear and pro­tected where moose are free to roam, and the griz­zlies and elk.”

Beauty in the Jour­ney will close with an open house for the artist on March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For a di­rect link to the ex­hibit­ing gallery go to

A Sturdy Part­ner, oil on li­nen, 22 x 28”

A Wel­come Sight, oil on li­nen, 22 x 28”

Win­ter’s Com­ing, oil on li­nen, 36 x 48”

Spread Your Wings, oil on li­nen, 22 x 28”

Iced Over, oil on li­nen, 36 x 48”

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