Ranchlands Artist Gathering

June 8, 2011

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Grace is part of the fourth generation of the Phillips ranching family. She's currently attending college in Washington State.

We chat to Duke Beardsley and Jill Soukup

Jill Soukup  

What makes the Zapata Gathering different rom other gathering for you?
I specifically enjoy the study of horses, the aspect of being around other artists, and the connection with the Phillips family.
What are your main inspirations and influences?
My main inspirations and influences are hangin’ with horses. I read a lot of art books, and I attend a lot of different art shows to expose myself to other artist’s work.
What’s your favorite medium to work with?
Oil is my dominant medium. If there were 48 hours in a day, I would use more mediums but unfortunately there are not!
Have you always been an artist? If so/not what was your inspiration to become one?
Yep, I knew that I wanted to be an artist ever since I was little girl. I mainly taught myself how to draw horses because I wanted a horse so badly. When I would draw, I felt like I was touching the horses, and that made me feel closer to them.
What element of the Zapata inspires you the most?
The whole gamut- not just a single thing. A couple of specific things are the horses and the bison but also the environment and being around the other artists.

Duke Beardsley

What makes the Zapata Gathering different from other gatherings for you?

The Zapata is the perfect combination of people, location, and time. There is great stuff to look at, and June is a beautiful month. I also enjoy meeting the guests and the crew, and catching up with the Phillips family.

What are your main inspirations and influences?
Having grown up around ranching, my main inspirations and influences come from that lifestyle. Different locations and landscapes that I travel to across the west also influence my work. My artistic inspirations range from the pop artist Andy Warhol through to the western artist Charlie Russell.

What’s your favorite medium to work with? 
My favorite medium is probably a tie between simple pencil (graphite) and oil paint. The reason I like graphite is because I think artistically when using pencil. The reason that I like oil paint is for the vibrant colors and the way that you can just smush it around.

Have you always been an artist? 
Originally I thought that I wanted to be a doctor but when I was accepted to take pre medical classes, I woke one night in a cold sweat and was in art school 4 months later.

What element of the Zapata inspires you the most?
I like the setting, location, buildings, and the way it flows throughout the day. I feel that the historical element is very present at the Zapata and the land gives off an authentic western vibe.

Interviews by Gracie Phillips