149 color plates, 24 color photos, 22 drawings

Gregory I. McHuron

Plein Air Master and Mentor
By Susan Hallsten McGarry



Throughout his four-decade career as a plein air painter, Gregory I. McHuron worked outdoors on an almost-daily basis. His presence in the field was legendary in Jackson, Wyoming, where he lived, and in Grand Teton National Park, where he found many of his subjects. McHuron saw each day as an adventure, and the more remote the painting location the better. A committed wildlife artist, he considered himself to be “nature’s interpreter and guard” and used his art and his voice to speak out on behalf of wild places and wild creatures. The true artist, he said, must “live his art and paint from the heart.” This retrospective of McHuron’s life in art is a story of living in the now, as well as a guide to finding what McHuron called the “WOW” that serenades your soul. It is a journey of discovery, as meaningful as it is colorful.

Subjects: Art

Contributor Bios
Gregory I. McHuron (1945–2012) held a degree in art from Oregon State University and studied extensively with landscape artist Conrad Schwiering. His work is on permanent display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Susan Hallsten McGarry was editor in chief of Southwest Art magazine from 1979 to 1997. From her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she has written numerous monographs and survey books on western American artists who enrich our lives through the creation of fine art.
James C. McNutt was president and CEO from 2006 to 2015 of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, where many of McHuron’s paintings reside. McNutt now consults for museums and nonprofits from his home base in Austin, Texas.