Artist Statement

The Miraculous Process

My need to create flows from the privilege of participating in the miraculous nature of the creative process rather than rendering some notion of a perfect product. The creative process is a confluence of nature’s inspiration and my personal interpretation of what I am experiencing. I strive to create paintings that record my own experience of the subject's essential spirit and energy, not an imitation of a fixed surface reality. This process requires my presence, enthusiasm open-minded appreciation, playfulness, courage and honesty. In this way, creating art is transformative, universal and timeless.


When I think of the blessings in my life I feel overwhelmed – I don't know where to begin to say thanks. This is my humble expression of deep gratitude for teachers who have instructed me, fellow artists who inspire me, and family and friends who support me faithfully as I pursue this dream of being an artist.


The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. Here her consciousness of the natural world began. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape.  The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of magnificent beauty, set the course for her life.

Turner began studying art in her teens from noted local painters. She then left Wyoming to attend the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Studio Arts. She spent an influential semester in Rome, Italy and then studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Turner now has a Master's degree from the University of Virginia.

Having been passionate about painting since childhood, Turner is now nationally recognized with top honors from the American Impressionist Society and the National Academy of Equine Art.  Her work has been exhibited in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Charlie Russell Museum and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Turner has been recognized as Wyoming Best Watercolor Artist in 2001 by the Wyoming Watercolor Society and was included in SouthwestArt Magazine's "Annual Profile of Young Artists with Promising Careers."

Turner believes that growing up in Grand Teton National Park, a place with such dramatic light and dramatic natural composition, gave her an intimate appreciation for art. "I believe the valley of Jackson Hole evokes expression," says Turner. She now travels all over the world to paint. With watercolors and oil paints, Turner responds with visual contemplations of beauty in hopes of sharing this love of the sublime with others through her work.

Turner also owns and features her work at Trio Fine Art Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a cozy & simple space also hosting the work of Jennifer L Hoffman and rotating guest artists from around the world.

2018 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - Featured Artist & Featured Piece
2017 National Museum of Wildlife Art - Trustees Purchase Award
2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Best in Show
2016 Featured artist in Notre Dame Magazine
2016 Featured artist in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
2015 TOSCA - Wyoming Artist of the Year
2013 Excepted, Signature Member - American Impressionist Society
2012 Best of Show – American Impressionist Society
2011 - 2016 Best Established Artist, Silver – Jackson Hole weekly
2010 Contemporary Art Award-American Academy of Equine Art
2010 Award of Excellence -American Impressionist Society
2010 Mini Top 50 Award Winner –Paint America
2004 Featured Artist – Jackson Hole Old West Days
2003 First Place, Women Artists of the West International Juried Show
2003 Accepted, Signature Member - Wyoming Watercolor Society
2002 Top 21 Under 31 Emerging Artists - SouthwestArt Magazine
2001 Best Wyoming Artist - Wyoming Watercolor Society
2001 Best Local Artist - Jackson Hole Mountain Artist Rendezvous
1992 Purchase Award - University of Notre Dame
1987 Purchase Award - National Museum of Wildlife Art

Exhibits and Collections
2015 - 2016 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Great Works, Small Wonders-Oklahoma City, OK
2015 "The Horse" The Gallery Exhibition - Dorset England
2014 - 2016 South Eastern Wildlife Exhibition-Charleston, SC
2010 - 2012 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum – International Birds in Art Exhibition
2010 CM Russell Museum – Masters in Miniature Show
2006-2016 One Woman Exhibition – Trio Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY
2008, 2010 National Academy of Equine Art National Juried Exhibition
2007, 2009 Solo Exhibition – Susan Calloway Fine Art, Georgetown, DC
2007 One Woman Exhibiton - Thos. Moser, Washington DC
2006- 2016 Western Visions Show - National Museum of Wildlife Art
2005- 2016 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Exhibition
2005 Nat'l Museum  of Wildlife Art – Three Woman Exhibition
2004 Dehli 4 International Art Exhibition, India
2004 Nat'l Museum of Wildlife Art – Two Woman Exhibition. Landscapes
2003 WAOW International Juried Competition
2002 Solo Exhibition- Muse Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY
2000 – 2006 Mountain Artist Rendezvous- Jackson Hole, WY
2001 - 2010 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival - Quick Draw and Auction
2001, 2003, 2005, 2011 Nat'l Museum of Wildlife Art - Out of the Box Auction
2001- 2005 Wyoming Watercolor Society National Watercolor Show
1999 Artist League - Torpedo Factory, Alexandria