By Frank McEntire, Mary Francey
A nationally famous artist, Snow selected to stick in Utah the place, whilst no longer educating on the collage of Utah, he roamed the southern Utah wilderness gaining thought from the crimson rock formations, specifically the Cockscomb open air his studio close to Capitol Reef nationwide Park. Snow stated, “Every artist most likely wonders if she or he made the perfect selection to dig in to a definite place.” He dug into the panorama in and round Southern Utah and not regretted it. simply as “Tennessee Williams’s South, William Faulkner’s Mississippi, [or] John Steinbeck’s West Coast, shaped their work,” the wilderness lands of the Colorado Plateau shaped Snow’s. Their feel of position, “without provincialism,” stated Snow “is what provides their artwork its enduring power.” Final gentle will entice art historians and artwork fans, specifically these drawn to summary expressionism and the paintings of Utah, the West, and the Southwest.
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But moved they will be, however much they cannot put the experience into words. — W i l l Sou th Douglas Snow in his University of Utah studio during the early 1950s. S e e in g S n ow W i ll S o u th V. Douglas Snow understood—intuitively and professionally—that landscape painting could convey more than a sense of place: he saw that the land is tightly connected to our sense of self. Paintings of deserts, mountains, and sky, he knew, are not substitutes for those things. When we look “out there” around us—fatigued by the familiar—we do not always admire poetic composition or remark upon the infinite stimulation within our field of vision.
Douglas Snow at nineteen as a University of Utah student (1946). 1 He had an epiphany. In the New Testament, Paul’s revelation came in a blinding light from heaven. In Capitol Reef, Snow’s came from the desert sky. 2 Snow’s mother, Loree Forsyth, was born in Loa, Utah, not far from Capitol Reef, and taught school in Richfield, thirty-five miles away. In her early years, she rarely left Wayne County except during high school, when she lived with uncles in Alberta, Canada. At the end of World War I, she met and married a young soldier, Vivian Douglas Snow.
Living creatures are said to be most powerful at the center of their territories—progressively losing power as they move toward the edges. Beyond the pale of its territory, a creature is prey for others: vulnerable, uncertain, unproductive. Creatures without territories—nomadic creatures—substitute herd power for the solitary power they might experience “at home” in their established territories. Place is color. Place is shape. Place is sound. Place is line and volume and mystery. Place is weather and light.