Featured Painter, Sue Key tops the list of artists who will join us at the 2022 Wildlife Arts Festival to share her unique perspectives on our natural world. Key spent a week in May immersing herself in the beauty of the Red Hills to capture imagery to inspire her paintings for the show. Enjoy these excerpts from her journal during her stay!
from the journal of SUE KEY
Arrived after lunch, unpacked, went to check out town. Coordinated with Corey about meeting late afternoon where he upgraded my walking tour with Kate’s quiet ATV mule which was responsive, sturdy and not stubborn whatsoever.
- Some roads are flat, wide and green and you know where you are and are very impressed with yourself.
- Some roads are washed out and sandy and have feet deep convoluted ruts and holes that can almost make your back tires dig in and kick up sand like a dog on the beach and you are on those roads but they are not on the map.
- Sometimes it takes more time than remaining daylight to get where you’re going and back home again.
Spent four hours with Brian Wiebler at Tall Timbers. Such a GREAT thing for me to do my first day. Really laid the foundation for beginning to understand more about the Red Hills region, long leaf pines, prescribed burns, endangered species, research techniques, timber management, open forest savannas and woodlands, post civil war large scale logging and clear cutting of long leaf pines, species that need specific habitats such as quail, Sherman fox squirrel and red-cockaded woodpecker. I took notes (can you tell) and found myself completely absorbed in Brian’s conversational and easy way of explaining complex information. He is a great communicator and teacher, Tall Timbers is lucky to have him!
Met with Kitty Spivey at Pebble Hill in the morning, but woke up to dense fog and it was so beautiful I was out in my robe and slippers photographing, then had to call Kitty and apologize for being late because then I kept stopping to take photos along the way. During the week I had found that there was SO MUCH GREEN and “information” surrounding all the beautiful trees, etc. I found myself looking for trees that were clearly defined against the sky, etc., not lost in the sea of green. And then there was fog. It muffled all the noise and all that was left were the trees in silver silhouette. Just lovely.
Gatekeeper and resident conversationalist at Springline!