Trail-inspired Oil Paintings

Many of my paintings are inspired by time on trails. Here, lupine blooms next to the Vision Quest Trail in the McKenzie Conservation Area, and a lone pine stands by the trailhead at the Saltese Uplands Conservation Area.

McKenzie Meadow

Yellow Fall Scene

Ladd’s watercolor McKenzie Meadow has been selected for the Montana Watercolor Society’s Watermedia 2021 show. The painting will be on display in the Hockaday Art Museum in Kalispell October 7-December 18. Ladd is excited to have a painting displayed in his hometown’s art museum and plans to attend the opening on October 7. The painting will be for sale.

Yellow Fall Scene
McKenzie Meadow

Tetons in Autumn Snow

Tetons in Autumn Snow, Watercolor, 2019

In the fall of 2019 I was able to spend several days in the Tetons, with the aspens still in fall color and snow falling on the peaks. It was a memorable time, to say the least, and I was taking photos with my camera and phone and iPad. This watercolor was the first painting I did after returning to my studio, and has been my most popular print. I hoped to capture the amazing architecture of these mountains, and the warmth of the early October woods at their base.

This is available as a full-size print, a 5×7 small print and a greeting card, either at Avenue West Gallery or in my Etsy shop.

Short Draw Trail

Oil painting, Short Draw Trail, 2020

One of my favorite places to hike is the Saltese Uplands Conservation Area. It’s a hill with wide open views of sunny hillsides, hawthorn and golden grass. A glance to the south takes your eye up into the forested mountains. This painting is inspired by a summer evening, the shadows growing long and everything a bit golden in the setting sun.

Andrew Saltese (spelled Seltice in Idaho) was one of the last Coeur d’Alene chiefs in the area and lived below these hills. The former Saltese Lake, drained but now a wetland under restoration by the county, stretches out at the base of the hills.

At this link, fine art prints of this painting are for sale. They are 9×12, the same size as the original, generously mounted and matted to 16×20.