19th Annual Art Show

The Nature Conservancy

428 Ringsby Court, Denver, Colorado, 80

Thursday, November 21, 2019



The Ranchlands Art Exhibition began in 2000, when we first invited professional artists to our Artist Gatherings to create works inspired on our cattle and bison ranches. Each fall since then, that year’s art has debuted in an exhibition with friends, neighbors, and art connoisseurs together with our artists. Over time, this event has become a way to bring people together from varied backgrounds and perspectives who share a common interest in our nation’s great landscapes and the lives and livelihoods of the people who call those landscapes home. As we strive to become better communicators about our work as stewards of the land, art adds an emotion and evocative element to this story.

a killdeer bird standing in water along a shoreline

William Alther

WILLIAM ALTHER grew up in West Texas, where he developed an interest in both art, nature and wildlife. Graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in wildlife biology led to his position in the zoology department at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for thirteen years. He was an active artist during this time and became a full time artist in 2004, fascinated by the nature and wildlife that he would see during his field work. He has expressed that landscapes have always dominated his attention, with outdoor paining as an essential part of his artistic process. William participates in several prominent national shows each year in addition to his association with several established galleries. His work is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and many private collections. William now lives in Denver, with his wife, Debbie.

paintings of rainbow cowboys on horses

Duke Beardsley

DUKE BEARDSLEY is a sixth generation Coloradan, and has been drawing and painting the American west for as long as he can remember. Raised both in Denver, and on a 1,000 acre cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, Duke’s “duel” upbringing is the foundation for his unique blend of traditional western iconography and contemporary art sensibilities. An unapologetic fan of all “things cowboy” Duke spends much time on horseback, joining his many friends and family on some of the West’s greatest ranches. Duke rides with crews to participate, observe and document today’s working cowboys and cowgirls in their element. Formally trained at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Duke now lives and works with his wife and two daughters in Denver. Duke’s work has seen its way into some notable private and corporate collections worldwide.

an etching of a cow skull and a pink flower

Sophy Brown

SOPHY BROWN was born in Birmingham, England. Brown moved to London at a young age working in the circulation department of a magazine company. Brown then attended Goldsmith University in London where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in fine art before moving to the United States to attend the University of Michigan, earning dual degrees win both painting and set design. Brown’s education led her to start painting murals, where set design gave her a strong understanding of scale and drama. From here, Brown’s interest in the beauty, physicality and nature of horses became more prominent in her works, painting rodeo and ranch horses and bucking broncs. Brown has come to be extremely comfortable and familiar with horses and their surrounding landscapes, where each work perfectly depicts the unpredictability of a horses temperament. Brown was a featured artist in this year’s Coors Western Art Exhibit and has been included within our Ranchlands exhibitions for many years.

a painting of three cowboys talking

Terry Gardner

TERRY GARDNER was born and raised in Missouri where he received his Bachelor of Arts from Maryville University. He moved west to paint the outdoors and develop an intimate relationship with the land and life of the West. Gardner’s compositions are born from his surroundings but evolve in his studio, where color and values are explored and mystery and contemplation are nurtured. He has been devoted to fine art from a young age and balanced a career in commercial and fine arts industries for many years. With the arrival of triplets in 2002, the advertising industry took lead to support his family, although he continued to paint. He left the agency world years ago and is a full time artist living and working in Morrison, CO. Gardner has been selected as the featured artist for the 2019 National Western Show in Denver. His work hangs in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

rainbow light in a forest of trees

Mark Gould

MARK GOULD earned a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Iowa, before detouring from painting to be a general contractor. In the mid-1980’s, Gould returned to art and studied at the Denver Art Students League and the University of New Mexico. Gould’s vibrant and almost abstracted portrayal of landscapes creates dynamic and dramatic paintings, where his use of color and form shows nature through a unique and intense perspective. Gould’s experimentation with nature and its depiction has struck a chord with art lovers all over the world, where paintings by Gould are now held in private and public collections internationally. He has participated in numerous one-man shows and group exhibition and in 2010 the prestigious Gilcrease Museum presented Mark Gould with the Williams Award for best of show in painting at the annual Collectors’ Reserve invitational exhibition. Gould currently lives in Taos, New Mexico.

the shadow of a tree in front of a white house

Stephanie Hartshorn

STEPHANIE HARTSHORN is a fourth generation Colorado native. At a young age, she found fulfillment in architecture which engaged her technical abilities as well as her developing creative direction. Her education led to a decade of work in architecture with projects in educational design and historic preservation. Stephanie took her first classes in painting and drawing at the Denver Art Museum in 2006, followed by a transformative workshop in Abiquiu, New Mexico the following autumn. She soon began to seek out more time to paint in between her architectural career and raising her two daughters. Throughout the years, she continued to study, and in the summer of 2009, stepped away from design to paint full-time. Stephanie has received recognition and awards in various juried exhibitions and shows. Her work can be found in both public and private collections across the US.

a bull head with blades of grass

Madeline Jorden

MADELINE JORDEN was born and raised in the urban sprawl of Houston, Texas, and attended college in Washington, DC. In 2014, a vague but potent desire for something more visceral and true led her to Ranchlands’ Chico Basin Ranch, where she has lived and worked ever since. Her photographs of the people and landscapes of the ranch originated as a form of personal reflection but have matured over the years to become a tool to shed light on the environmental and cultural values of ranching. She continues to “live the story” through immersion in the daily life of the ranch.

a drawing of a man on horseback in a pen of cattle

Robert Quimby

ROBERT QUIMBY is originally from Sutherland Nebraska, however, now lives in Colorado where he is a full time artist. Quimby attended the Denver Institute of Technology and Midland University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of fine and studio arts and behavioral science. Since 1994, Quimby has worked as an Art Director for multiple companies, where he directs all aspects of creating design concepts, trade publications and also provides strategically-driven creative solutions. Quimby has been an active artist during this time, practicing in both drawing and painting. His works are most often conte drawings and detailed sketches of cowboys, livestock and the ranching way of life. His works depict the hardworking nature of ranching, where they provide small snapshots or windows of the everyday moments within our ranching world.

painting of a man on a horse in a blue jacket

Jill Soukup

JILL SOUKUP was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. Jill’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals, and designed logos for local organizations. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and designer for the university. She initially pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time. After 11 years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting. Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and one-woman exhibitions.

bison in front of mountains and sand dunes

Steve Weaver

STEPHEN WEAVER is an award-winning photographer with over 40 years experience making images of the natural world. Weaver grew up in Pennsylvania and from an early age developed a passion for nature and the outdoors. As an undergraduate geology student he first visited the Rocky Mountains where he fell in love with the mountain environment and the wide-open grand landscapes of the West. He combines his scientific knowledge with his photographic abilities to produce images that illustrate the beauty of the structure and composition of the earth and its natural systems. Weaver currently photographs throughout North America with a major emphasis on mountain and desert environments. He has also has discovered the beauty of the prairie and is currently working on a project photographing the short and tall grass prairie in the western plains states.