Kathy Wipfler, Jackson, WY

I came to Jackson, Wyoming in 1980 with an empty French easel - empty because I wasn’t sure what to put inside. With some good advice from John Clymer and Conrad Schwiering, I embarked on the struggle to create competent paintings from nature.

My focus has been the current and historical western lifestyle, which I also live, riding for many years with the ‘real deal’ cowboys of western Wyoming.


Education: Surgical Technician Trade School; Painting mentors: Milo (Skip) Whitcomb, Hollis Williford; William Reese.

Awards & Honors: Robert Kuhn Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY; Best of Show, Western Regional Art Show, Cheyenne, WY.

Selected Publications: Painters of the Tetons, by Donna L. Poulton & James L. Poulton, 2015; Art of the West; The American Cowboy; Southwest Art.

Selected Exhibitions: Wyoming Point of View, The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY; Western Visions Show, NMWA, Jackson, WY; Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, WY; The Russell, Great Falls, MT.

Selected Collections: Whitney Museum of Western Art, Cody, WY; The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY; Kriendler Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cody, WY.

Representation: Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY; Betsy Swartz Fine Art, Bozeman, MT; Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY. & Scottsdale, AZ.