Observing the wild life of wildlife in person isn’t always possible for us. Not to worry! Award-winning artist Edward (Ned) Aldrich brings those moments right to us. The wildlife encounters he captures bring us eye to eye with a wolf or fox, drop us into the path of an elk or bison, or take us soaring with owls and perched in trees by a raven.
“Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have different interactions with different wildlife. The closer I can be with them, within reason of course, the more I’m able to get into their world.”— Ned Aldrich
Although the past couple of years caused some limitations, Ned has recently been able to do more traveling. A safari in Tanzania, a trip to West Yellowstone to photograph grizzlies and wolves, and a road trip through the Sawtooth Mountains all offered moments of inspiration and discovery. While appreciating that “travel allows you to see things you’ve never seen,” and encounter what you’ve never encountered, Ned also expressed appreciation for those moments when he returns home and reenters his studio.
“We don’t all have the time or circumstances to get out and explore as much as we may wish. Ned brings those explorations right to us. His images give us those close connections with wildlife that we crave.”— Shanan Campbell, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery
We’re excited to be featuring Ned’s work in a one-man show, Wildlife Encounters, this October. With several new works, including images of elk, wolves, ravens, cougars, and more. The show opens with an artist reception from 5:00-7:00 pm on October 21, 2022, at the gallery’s downtown Durango, Colorado location, 828 Main Ave, and continues through October 31, 2022.
As this show coincides with Ned’s sold-out workshop, Advanced Wildlife Painting, the available works on display will bring visual clarity to the many facets involved in creating an effective painting. Among those are composition, values, lighting, edges, texture, and glazing. Another part of Ned’s process includes using smaller landscape studies that he does, “on the spot, in the outdoors,” while developing large-scale works. These small-scale pieces are rarely seen by the public but they play an integral part in his process. For students of his workshop, collectors, and art lovers, the range of paintings on view will provide insight into the various techniques Ned implements.