Fourth of July week in Jackson is life bursting at the seams as the Tetons revel in the peak of summer.
So it’s only fitting that Mountain Trails Gallery would welcome Troy Collins, a world-renowned master of oil on canvas, an artist known to elicit the kind of emotional depth that locals and visitors seek in the heart of a Rocky Mountain summer.
And this show, Mountain Trails Gallery’s largest show this season, offers an intimate and rare offering from Collins, whose own journey through the dark of 2020 has given way to his own summer of new hope.
“Most of these images were painted from photographs that we took while hiking through Grand Teton National Park a couple of years ago,” Collins wrote in a statement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide about his upcoming show. “The day was beautiful: bright blue skies and the aspens magically changing colors throughout the park. We absolutely love Jackson and all of the beauty it has to offer around each and every corner. It was, in hindsight, one of the last days we would spend together before Gina received her breast cancer diagnosis.”
Together Collins and his wife Gina would walk an uncertain path in a year that brought so many of us uncertainty in the midst of a pandemic. Gratefully, Gina emerged in remission.
“These pieces have a special meaning to me because they represent the light of hope and courage it took both of us to walk through months of fear and worry and to come out on the other side of this frightning disease in remission and joy,” Collins said of the pieces that will be in the show.
Gallery director Caralyn Ross acknowledged the gallery’s intimate relationship with Collins over the many years he’s been working with Mountain Trails. She said this show is a personal showcase of the best work Collins has produced to date.
“There has always been a lot of emotion in his work,” Ross said. “All of these pieces in this show project those emotions through art. Everything in these pieces means somethings to him. The intensity of color and light feels more bold knowing what he and his family went through last year.”
Collins will be on hand at the gallery during the show, which opens on Friday and will run through July 16. He will be painting from time to time at the gallery while he is in Jackson. There is a formal reception that will be held on from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Personally, I feel that I am painting my best work lately — the meaning behind my work has deepened and so, hopefully, the feelings they portray to my collectors have deepened as well,” Collins said.
Mountain Trails Gallery is located just off Town Square, east at 155 Center Street. ￼