Posts by Jenny Lang

Taking Art to a New Altitude

Wagner Skis in Mountain Village, Colorado, has taken its custom skis to a new level. The company, established in 2006 at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, designs, manufactures, and sells custom skis and snowboards. “We design everything from the shape of your ski and snowboard to the flex pattern, side wall structure, everything,” says Heather Baltzley, Wagner’s creative director, who has been with the company since 2008. “We cut out and design every aspect so each wood core is built for each ski, each pair of edges are shaped for each pair of skis, et cetera…” Lauren Poppie is
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Winds of Inspiration

Renowned artist Thomas Blackshear II is no stranger to commercial work. Before diving into the Western art world, he was an illustrator with companies such as Hallmark, Lucas Films, and Anheuser-Busch on his resumé. In the fall of 2019, he got a phone call from the manager of The Killers, a popular alternative rock band that wanted to use his work for its newest album. It was a project unlike any Blackshear had ever experienced. The Killers is an American band that originated in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the early 2000s. Almost 20 years and six albums later, it has
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Hitting Their Stride

Maybe it’s using complementary colors. Perhaps it’s painting in black and white or sepia tones. Maybe it’s diving deeply into one subject matter to capture it perfectly. Artists go through phases of work, improving their techniques and finding their places in the art world. Whether it’s at the beginning, middle, or later in their careers, something just ‘clicks’ when artists find the subject matter, medium, or technique that allows their creativity to shine. Meet three artists who are hitting their stride, and who are being featured in Art of the West for the first time. They are worthy of your
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