Officers

For 2020

President: 

Deanna Skillman

About the Artist

Skillman Art Studios

Deanna's Traveling Canvas

PO BOX 966 Basin, WY 82410

307-202-3436

skillmanartstudios82@gmail.com

www.deannastravelingcanvas.com

 

Deanna Skillman was born and raised in Montana and is a self tgaught artist. Her mom was from LodgeGrass,
Montana and her dad is from Green River, Wyoming. Both her parents grew up ranching and in turn raised Deanna and her little brother the same. "I have a lot of childhood memories and my mom never failed to capture every
moment with a camera. She is the reason I am an artist. She saw my talent early on and always encouraged me to draw all the time. She would hang long sheets of butchers paper on my bedroom walls for me to draw on. I honestly do not know where I would be today if she had not encouraged me so much in my younger years. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. Since I have been married my husband is always encouraging me to continue with my work, he is such a huge support. In the past I always tried doing what everyone else did, or mimic other drawings. For a long time I stayed away from the cowboy art because I felt like it was something everyone in Wyoming and Montana did. Oddly enough it has been where I have found my real inspiration. Recently I started going through my mom's
old pictures of the family ranch on Rotten Grass Creek, all the ones she took documenting my childhood, and collecting the ones that inspired me most. A lot of them were taken before I was born. I found very old photographs of Indians from
the Crow Reservation dating around the turn of the 20th century, many of them are distant family members. As I looked through these photos they held significant meaning to me through heritage and family. Things no one else experienced except my family and things I knew no one else would paint or recreate on paper. What I have is unique. Unique to me and to everyone around me. I can take a photo and reinterpret it on paper to share with the world of a life long in the past, a life that few have a chance to experience, a life I grew up with that I can share with everyone
through my work. I do not have any formal training nor do I believe that anyone needs formal training to be an artist. Sometimes it comes so naturally for some people, and for others they have to work at it. But it doesn’t matter, deep down in each one of we have an ability to create some form of art.

 

“Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the
way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you

receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors
yourself.”
– Louis L’Amour

 

2019 Wyoming Artist’s Association Art Show
1st Place Miniature: Apsaálooke at Crow Fair - Pen&Ink
Honorable Mention Mixed Media: Lone Raven - Oil on Acrylic
Honorable Mention Acrylic: Wyoming 307
Honorable Mention Governor’s Show: War Chief - Oil

 

2019 Western Art Show in Greybull, WY
Show Pieces:
Apsálooke at Crow Fair - Pen&Ink
(Currently displayed in the Buffalo Jump Gallery in Virginia City, MT)
Tepee Sunrise - Watercolor
(Currently displayed in the Buffalo Jump Gallery in Virginia City, MT)

 

2018 Johnson County Art Show:
Resting Time - Graphic/Pencil
Crow Girls - Graphic/Pencil(Currently displayed at the Buffalo Jump Gallery in
Virginia City, MT)
Apsálooke at Crow Fair #9 and #11 - Pen&Ink

 

2017 Deanna Skillman Art Showcase-Lisa Kunkel Photography
After several years of being an artists I was finally given the opportunity to display
my personal art.

Vice President:

Rosie Ratigan 

 About the Artist

Rosie Ratigan Fine Art

548 North Fork Road

Lander, WY  82520

307-332-6442

blackmtnranch@tcinc.net

www.rosieratigan.com

 

Rose Mary Ratigan was born in Minnesota, where she lived, studied and worked until 1980, when she moved to Lander, Wyoming.  Her interests in horseback riding, running, skiing and other outdoor activities made Wyoming the perfect place to live and pursue her dreams.  

 

While raising their two children, with her husband Dan Ratigan, M.D., they owned and operated Black Mountain Guest Ranch, and Heavenly Everlastings, an antique and dried flower business from 1993 to 2005.  Rosie enjoyed designing unique dried flower arrangements and taught bi-monthly flower arranging classes at Heavenly Everlastings for twelve years.  After selling Heavenly Everlastings in 2005, she was employed four years by Wyoming Windows and Cabinets in Lander, as an interior designer in the flooring and window treatment department.  She retired from Wyoming Windows and Cabinets in 2011 and started painting full time.  

 

Rosie began painting with watercolors in 2006 and in 2011 and started painting with oil paints.  A love and interest in birds, led her to painting native and migratory birds of the West.  Inspired by the beautiful Rocky Mountain flora and fauna, she added colorful landscapes and wildlife to her paintings.

 

She was juried into and participated in the 2013 and 2015 Susan Kay Black Foundation workshop in Dubois, Wyoming with instructors including Robert Bateman, Mort Solberg, Greg Beecham, John Ruthven, John Seerey-Lester and many other professional artists.  She also attended workshops by Tom Lucas, 2015 Governor’s Award recipient, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 and various classes and workshops at the Lander Art Center.  She continues to challenge herself through art shows, competitions, workshops and classes.  

 

A member of the Lander Art Center Board from 2014 – 2017, she held the position of LAC Board secretary for two years.  In 2015 Rosie started her business, “Rosie Ratigan Fine Art”.  Her artwork is represented by Alchemy, an artists’ cooperative in Lander, Wyoming and the Curiosity Shoppe in Laramie, Wyoming.  Rosie believes that by painting what she loves, her heart touches the canvas through her brush.

 

In 2016 Rosie’s painting, ‘Golden Bison’, was juried and accepted into the Governor’s Capital Art Exhibition in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Golden Bison was chosen as one of the purchase award winners by the Wyoming State Museum. Works receiving Purchase Awards join this growing collection of prestigious art. The state’s five elected officials and representatives from other state agencies participating in the program select the Purchase Award winners.  Rosie’s oil painting, Golden Bison, is now part of the Wyoming State Museums permanent art collection and will be on display at the Wyoming State Capital Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

In September, 2018, Rosie participated in the Wyoming Arts Council, Plein Air the Parks, in Sinks Canyon State Park.  She was awarded her first ‘Best of Show’ with her oil painting ‘Peace & Tranquility’ in Sinks Canyon.  

 

Rosie looks forward to her 2021 Wyoming Artists’ Association president position.  The 2021 convention will be held in Lander, Wyoming and her hopes is that Wyoming artists from all over our great state will attend and enjoy this convention.