G Russell Case

Western painter G Russell Case is inspired by nature. His sweeping, idealized versions of the western landscape combine the beauty of the natural world with rich imagination and originality. While there is an unmistakable honesty in his painted environments—stemming from his engagement with the land and painting directly from nature—Case's work is unfettered by philosophy, though he is surely a student of his artistic forebears. The monumental scale of Maynard Dixon, or the unfiltered color and light of Thomas Moran both find their way onto canvas. Yet Case's work is simple, pure, and fresh; his painting draws in the viewer with timeless landscapes. We are immediately transported into a world created by shadow and light, of immense vistas punctuated by jagged mountains and inhabited by working cowboys.

His father, Garry Case, who was also an artist, first encouraged Russell’s artistic talents. The younger Case began translating his surroundings into watercolors, creating a foundation for the liquid vibrancy found in his later oils.

This transition to oils developed during his college years, where Case studied with the intent to become a professor of art. After graduating from Utah State University in 1990 and with the support of his wife, Susanne, Case dedicated himself to painting full-time. 

Kyle Sims

At age 16 Kyle Sims knew his purpose. From a very young age, he recalls having the urge to create. Without prompt, be began drawing the world around him. 

“To share our experiences is a core human need,” Sims said. “I wanted to share my experiences of being with animals and nature through painting. It became an obsession and has never left me.”

Sims carried his fascination with the natural world into art, following his instincts to create. Born in 1980 and raised near Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sims began drawing. His parents recognized and nurtured his talent, and throughout school he learned the fundamentals and principles of art. 

Sims, though, took a direction that was uniquely his, influenced by the wildlife surrounding him. At age 16, he began to heavily study the works of those who painted wildlife in a realistic manner and in the medium of acrylics. 

Thorough study, Sims learned the importance of painting from life. Painting in the field altered the way he saw his subjects, training his eye and his paintbrush to portray subjects in an authentic setting. Sims recalls his time using acrylics as being a great way to continue his improvement with drawing and layering with paint because they dry very quickly, making the layering process more efficient.

After high school, Sims attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he spent much of his time in the Beartooth Mountains. He truly feels that getting outside is paramount and is half or more of the enjoyment of being a wildlife artist. 

Every year, Sims’s art evolves through practice and study.  This isn’t something forced, but rather a product of time and passion, a talent nurtured from the curiosities of his youngest self.

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