Thomas Moran is an artist I admire. His paintings of the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone National Park are amazing. In the 1870's he helped to survey and explore the area that became Yellowstone National Park. Thomas Moran was an illustrator for The painting on the left is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. It is inspiring to see what he was able to accomplish while exploring remote parts of the Western United States. His representation of the area is amazing. He traveled throughout the West sketching and painting as he explored. I have traveled much of the country that Thomas Moran did and when I see these scenes before me I am in awe of his ability to capture them like he did. When I viewed the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, I didn't know where to start a painting. There was so much to see and it was so beautiful. I was overwhelmed. Another Artist that inspires is Edward Maryon. He was a Watercolor Artist and Instructor at the University of Utah. He is well know for his images of the Salt Lake City area which I call home, and the California Coast. His Landscapes and City Scenes appear simple yet are extremely complex.
If you would like to see more of Thomas Morans work you can go to http://www.thomas-moran.org/the-complete-works.html If you would like to read more about him check out Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3040-8. LCC N6537.M6443 W55 1998.For more information about Ed Maryon you can read Ed Maryon Reflections of the Artist