The Grand Teton National Park Foundation December eNewsletter is featuring the work of Natalie Clark this month.

In the Spotlight: Natalie Clark
Some people see the Tetons as a place of challenge; to others it’s a place to relax. For Natalie Clark, artist, art advisor, and University of Wyoming Museum of Art national advisory board member, this rugged range has been a source of inspiration since the late ’80s when she was commissioned to create environmental sculptures for a property in Teton Village.
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She returned a year later in search of a home and settled on a dilapidated turn-of-the-century Mormon church in Tetonia, ID, that she restored and converted into a studio. Today, you’ll find this creative entrepreneur and her partner, Henry Armour, in remote corners of the world. No matter how far they roam, though, they always return to Grand Teton.
 
Natalie and Henry are champions of the Foundation and they helped build our corporate program that is now thriving. The couple is passionate about safeguarding the area’s beauty and bringing responsible access so that many can enjoy it. “We don’t think treasures should be locked away for none to see,” Natalie says. “They should be maintained and polished and presented for all to see and appreciate. We believe in supporting our local communities in meaningful ways that reflect this belief.”
 
Natalie’s world is an eclectic mix of modern art meets organic forms, indigenous themes, and fashion, and her interest in nature is a thread that runs throughout her work and many of the pieces she represents. Fascinated by geometric shapes and the scale of natural spaces, Natalie says her rock-filled gabion forms and large-scale colored steel crystalline polyhedrons have their genesis in the sculptural planes of the Tetons.
 
On the road or at home in Wyoming, Natalie is constantly surrounded by things that spark great ideas. What’s next? “Watercolor artist and former local, David Wharton, and I recently put together a terrific collection of silk scarves and pocket squares capturing iconic images of the West–bison and moose, trout and fly rods, Indian blankets and baskets,” Natalie says. “I’ve also just finished a poetic illustrated children’s book, The Rain Baby, about life-giving rain that replenishes our oceans, rivers, and lakes and restores earth’s balance. Art, or at least my art, is a reflection of the primary elements of life and of what surrounds us.”

Natalie’s studio is open by appointment. Natalie and Henry, we can’t thank you enough for your interest in our work and your commitment to Grand Teton! 

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