Size: 20"W x 16"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2013
Ready to Hang
You are standing at the edge of a broad plain in Yellowstone National Park admiring the vivid sunset.
Mixing geothermal activity with the natural world of the Wild West, Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park exemplifies iconic Americana. Established in 1872, it was our country's first national park and helped establish the importance of protecting the United State's natural wonders and wild places.
Pocketed between the miles of mountains, lakes, and rivers are areas of geothermic activity. Geysers, natural hot springs, and pools of water are tinted yellow, red, and green by sulfur - an amazing sight. The park has survived cataclysmic events, including wildfires that destroyed one-third of the ecosystem, yet has proven that natural events do herald a new cycle of growth. It has become one of earth's largest ecosystems, home to hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals. In fact, Yellowstone's magnificent bison are some of the country's last free-roaming herds.
An afternoon at Yellowstone brings admiration and gratitude for the solace and beauty of the land.
I am passionate about art. I paint so that my passion shows through. Bold colors are used to bring southwest scenes to vivid life.
Water and rocks are the predominant themes of many of my paintings. I was fascinated with water as a small boy and spent many happy boating hours on the Susquehanna River near where I lived in Pennsylvania. The passion for rocks also comes from living in Arizona for 28 years. I find the delicate hues of red, orange, and brown in the desert rocks a joy to paint. Lake Powell on the Arizona/ Utah border is one of my favorite places in the world because of its spectacular, colorful rock formations. Many of the water and rock scenes can only be reached by boat. Since moving to Texas, I have painted outdoor scenes including missions. My website art gallery (ArtID.com/tedhess) has a special section on “Texas Happenings” showing paintings of missions, and outdoor scenes. My latest project is the use of 3-D effects in the paintings using plaster of paris and wood.” Ted has a BA in Fine Arts from Penn State University and an MBA from Ohio State University. He has studied under the following Southwest Artists: Kenn Backhaus, Prescott, AZ Tom Haas, Phoenix, AZ Bill Lundquist, Phoenix, AZ Kerner School of Art, Mesa, AZ Matt Smith, Scottsdale, AZ Sharon Weiser, Scottsdale, AZ Ted has been an active member of the following organizations: Sonoran Artists League, Cave Creek, AZ (Juried) The Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ (Juried) Regional Artists Consortium, San Antonio, TX Boerne Art Association, Boerne, TX River Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX Ted has won 1st and 3rd place awards in the Texas TASHA Art