Backcountry - my new show, opens November 23rd at Gallery MAR in Park City, UT. Through 16 new paintings, the show tells a story of a day in the backcountry. Being outside for long stretches of time in the mountains can showcase all kinds of weather, light, and views. Traveling up mountain drainages, up over passes, summiting peaks, and descending slopes provides a variety of perspectives and an intimate conversation with the landscape. It is through these intimate connections I have while spending time outdoors that I develop my perspective and find inspiration.

The entire show is based upon a day of backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Range. All these views are real and based on real places as seen by myself while out touring. Each view is part of a larger story and each painting shows an element of the day. It is left to the viewer to determine the order or the paintings and what I was doing when I saw the view. 

Those people who have spent long days out hiking or touring understand the highs and lows of time spent outdoors. Sometimes you just have put your head down and trudge uphill. When you reach the peak, you relish in your achievement, and then on the downhill you surrender to the sweetness. There are moments of hunger, wonder, awe, exhaustion, annoyance, exhilaration, fear. Sometimes you have imaginary fights in your own head, other times you zone out and focus on your breath and still others, you laugh and chat with your companions. The space of a day outdoors allows for all of that and more and I attempted to capture that in these 16 new encaustic paintings.

All images are by JP Gendron








"Big Sky Study"
10 x 10 in; October 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Snow Field Study"
10 x 10 in; October 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Teton Study"
10 x 10 in; October 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

Over the summer, I won the contract to design a piece of art for the new L.L. Bean store in Park City. The idea was to activate a corner of the store with an exciting landscape that got shoppers excited about spending time outdoors. Since L.L. Bean is dedicated to outfitting their customers with tough gear to explore nature with, this window speaks to that experience with the local Park City outdoor scene.

The scene features one of the iconic views of Park City as you enter in from the West - that of the historic McPolin Barn and McLeod Creek with both our ski resorts in the background. Set in the spring, when there is still skiing to be had in the mountains, but town is melting out and ready for hiking, biking and fishing, the painting evokes all the potential our city has to offer in terms of outdoor adventure. 


The new Park City L.L. Bean store is officially open as of October 20th, 2018 and is located on the corner of Heber & Main Street in historic downtown Park City. You can find this piece of art on the main story in the back. 


This work was originally created as a watercolor, then scanned, enlarged, and printed on a window film to fit within the space. The artwork is not only engaging, but also serves as a functional block to eliminate the view out of the window, which just looks into a boring alleyway.
"Untouched"
35 x 47 in; October 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Backcountry"
55 x 40 in; October 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Deep Breaths"
36 x 54 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR

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"Cache"
54 x 36 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
In honor of fall, I am releasing a brand new print. Fire & Ice Aspens was created in response to a beautiful walk through the aspens after a first snow. Created with watercolor, gouache and ink, this painting is a look into a thick Aspen grove and feels just like today - cool, but also bright and alive. This new print is available along with a number of other prints. Plus, I still have some original watercolors available for sale from my 100 Day Project I did back in the spring. Check out my Etsy shop to see what is available. BridgetteMeinholdArt.Etsy.com
"Wonderland"
38 x 60 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR

It was such a treat to get this picture of one of my latest commissions hung in it's new home. It's a bit out of my normal wheelhouse, but yet still what I paint - trees and mountains. This painting was created for a lovely couple who fell in love with a watercolor I painted when we were in Kauai last April. It was right after the floods in Hanalei and the storm hadn't quite dissipated and was still in fact raining high up. It was a powerful place and all we could do was just sit and watch it, basking in its energy. Watching the clouds, the waterfalls, the trees blowing in the wind, this place was a reminder to just sit and be present. We were on vacation after all, and there was nothing more to do than just enjoy. I imagine it was something similar for the couple who now have this painting above their bed. They went to Hanalei for their honeymoon, and sat in the same place that I did, relishing in each other and this stunning place.



Big thanks to Bolam Gallery for arranging this super special commission!
"View From the Top"
47 x 30 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Dig Deeper"
47 x 30 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Dropping In"
40 x 30 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Winter Meditation"
40 x 30 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Climbing & Climbing"
40 x 60 in; September 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Rapt & Content"
47 x 52 in; August 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
I am very excited to announce my representation with Gallery Wild in Jackson, WY. After meeting with owners and artists Carrie Wild and Jason Williams, I was blown away by their commitment to wild spaces and their dedication to showcasing artists who love nature. I felt such a kinship with the two of them and am excited to be part of their gallery. If you are in the Jackson area, be sure to head downtown and stop by this new and exciting gallery. You'll probably find Carrie painting away in her studio in the back of the gallery.
"A Grand Escape"
47 x 52 in; August 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Reach Goal"
40 x 40 in; August 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Worthy"
40 x 30 in; August 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Playground"
47 x 20 in; August 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR