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The New Old West

> Story by Homestead Staff
> Photography Courtesy of Trailside Galleries

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The local Trailside Galleries space harnesses stillness—spacious, warmly lit, contemplative. The paintings and sculptures themselves, however, hum with energy. A set of metal stairs leads to even more discoveries on the upper floor. With locations in Jackson Hole and Scottsdale, Arizona, the Trailside Galleries have garnered a reputation as top dealers in the vast genre of American representational art since 1963. Here, content often echoes our natural surroundings and the rich history of the American West: quaking aspens; horses and riders cresting undiscovered vistas; the realistic ripple of an elk’s sinew during a river crossing.

Alongside these more traditional depictions hang figurative and contemporary works as well—paintings that put a fresh spin on Western scenes, whether normally unheralded (the muted impressionism of a furrowed field) or winsomely observed (a dynamic and playful moose crashing through the snow). With their vast collection of American masters, combined with a current roster of acclaimed modern artists showing exciting, genre-pushing work, there has never been a better time to pay a visit to Trailside Galleries.

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Jeremy Browne
“Memories of Midnight”
Acrylic, 18 x 36 in.

With an appreciation of the outdoors and farm country inspired by his childhood in central Ontario, Browne continues to be drawn to the stark beauty of rural scenes. His paintings work often with gradations of light and the restrained tone of late-season farmyards and pastures. As Browne explains, “I have found that painting a winter landscape allows me to focus all of my attention on the light and mood of my painting, and not focus on the foliage of a tree. This allows me to explore new ways to produce interesting lighting effects in my landscapes.”

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Dinah Worman
“Red Willow Morning”
Oil, 48 x 48 in.

Hailing from New Mexico, Worman creates paintings that are praised for their clarity, depth, and deployment of light. In the words of the artist, “I work to press beyond method and into a flow of creative instinct; using pastel, oil, acrylic, or printmaking to express myself with unusual compositions and expanding vision.” Fascinated by explorations of man and his relationship to the landscape, Worman has been recognized as a Master Pastellist by the Pastel Society
of America.

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Renso Tamse
“Snowfall Pace”
Watercolor, 40 x 60 in.

Tamse, born in 1974, is a native of the Netherlands and a graduate of the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. There, he learned to combine his training in abstract and modern art with realism and “the mystical resonances of nature in the wild.” He is inspired by
the flora and fauna of Europe, and has
traveled extensively to study and capture natural environments. The artist exhibits
frequently in his home country, England, Germany, and the U.S.