Stephanie's work

 

" I've leaned on my art for self-care and wellness "
" I have personally experienced the healing power of nature as well as witnessed it in others "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced:?

In 2005, I signed up for a fundraising climb of Mt. Moran through Summit for Someone. Shortly after I signed up, my father was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He fought hard for 7 months but ultimately the cancer got the best of him and he died. Three months later, I …

In 2005, I signed up for a fundraising climb of Mt. Moran through Summit for Someone. Shortly after I signed up, my father was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He fought hard for 7 months but ultimately the cancer got the best of him and he died. Three months later, I found myself in Jackson, Wyoming getting ready to climb Mt. Moran. It wasn’t until I arrived that I realized we were scheduled to summit on Father’s Day. For 12 hours, it was the most physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging experience of my life. We did reach the summit, though this experience was much more about the journey than the destination. Mt. Moran will always hold a piece of my heart.

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

Honestly, I don’t think I would create if it wasn’t for the nature world. Nature allows me to drop in, slow down, feel deeply, and be fully me. I love interpreting my feelings and experiences onto paper. Nature has healed me in many ways and so has my art; to …

Honestly, I don’t think I would create if it wasn’t for the nature world. Nature allows me to drop in, slow down, feel deeply, and be fully me. I love interpreting my feelings and experiences onto paper. Nature has healed me in many ways and so has my art; to me they go hand in hand. As a full-time social worker, nature and art are my first choices for self-care, both help me process in a healthy and loving way.

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

Mary Oliver (her words, more than any other, have inspired me to explore myself as well as the world around me) John Muir, Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, and Terry Tempest Williams…to name a few.

Mary Oliver (her words, more than any other, have inspired me to explore myself as well as the world around me) John Muir, Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, and Terry Tempest Williams…to name a few.

What music accompanies you outdoors?

I don’t usually listen to music when I am hiking/backpacking. I will bring some tunes (if we don’t have a guitar player present) for camping. Who doesn’t love a little dancing around the campfire. I would say Western Centuries is my go to right now, Sturgill Simpson, Eddie Berman, Cody …

I don’t usually listen to music when I am hiking/backpacking. I will bring some tunes (if we don’t have a guitar player present) for camping. Who doesn’t love a little dancing around the campfire. I would say Western Centuries is my go to right now, Sturgill Simpson, Eddie Berman, Cody Jinks, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Caamp, Lydia Loveless….Oh, I do love me some music!

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry:

Macaroni and cheese with mango/habanero sausage. DELICIOUS!

Macaroni and cheese with mango/habanero sausage. DELICIOUS!

What is your most prized piece of gear?

My art journal

My art journal

What is your favorite place to get outside?

It’s hard to pick a favorite place. Grand Teton National Park, just because it holds a piece of my heart, otherwise any mountain range in Southern Colorado. I LOVE where I live and there is so much to explore. I’d also add any mountain lake makes me happy!



It’s hard to pick a favorite place. Grand Teton National Park, just because it holds a piece of my heart, otherwise any mountain range in Southern Colorado. I LOVE where I live and there is so much to explore. I’d also add any mountain lake makes me happy!

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have

Wine or Chocolate?
Chocolate, it’s my lifeline to happiness.
Best friend or favorite shoes?
Easy, my BFF! Connection makes the world a better place, plus she is amazing!
Chapstick or blister tape?
I climbed Gannett Peak (5 days total) with a gigantic blister on the back of my heal. I wouldn’t have been able to …

Wine or Chocolate?

Chocolate, it’s my lifeline to happiness.

Best friend or favorite shoes?

Easy, my BFF! Connection makes the world a better place, plus she is amazing!

Chapstick or blister tape?

I climbed Gannett Peak (5 days total) with a gigantic blister on the back of my heal. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without blister tape. Dry lips don’t stop me from moving (at least not yet), a blister can. =)