Tuesday, August 6, 2013


I have been granted a CUA permit!! Woo Hoo – How exciting!!! Or maybe you say….What does that mean?

Well here at the edge of Yellowstone National Park, there are many governmental regulations. Some people would say red tape and hoops to jump through J…. But it’s meant to keep the Park “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”.   And that’s important.

So a CUA permit allows me to take individuals or small groups into Yellowstone National Park for painting workshops or classes. Yes, there are definitely many other places around here, outside of Yellowstone, to plein air paint. But Yellowstone certainly has a magnetic pull on me! The gorgeous light, the abundant wildlife, the 'moody' geyser basins, the majestic water falls, the pristine rivers, the expansive mountain views, the awe inspiring valleys, the big sky, the glorious sun rises and sun sets, the diversity of subjects to paint……I could go on and on….

Now, with the CUA (commercial use authorization) I can share my love of Yellowstone AND my knowledge and experience of painting in the Park with students. What an opportunity – this being the first year they have granted CUA permits for plein air painting. Now, maybe you’re saying – Oh, that IS exciting!

I’ll be working out the details and I’ll keep you posted. Of course, if you have any questions, please contact me anytime. It always helps to hear your specific interests and comments.

To give you a flavor of the Yellowstone National Park plein air painting experience, here are a few photos I took on my recent painting excursions….
Painting in Lamar Valley
(This photo was taken by John)
A black bear cub
A white pelican
Sunset in Lamar Valley

Another angle on the sunset ---- spectacular to say the least!