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National Museum of Wildlife Art

Western Visions Show & Sale

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

September 16 – October 9, 2016

Simply One Thing On His Mind, 2016

oil on belgian linen
8 x 10 in
(20.32h x 25.4w cm)


Press Release

Western Visions Show & Sale
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, Hole, Wyoming
September 16, 2016

The 29th Annual Western Visions®, presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, is one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Top contemporary wildlife artists and collectors from around the world will be congregating at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this September 15 & 16th. The museum has carefully curated a field of living artists working with animal forms in a variety of media.  The money raised from this fundraiser supports the Museum. The week’s events, offered at the Museum’s award-winning facility across from the National Elk Refuge, draw an international crowd to this critically acclaimed gathering. During Fall Arts Festival (and year-round), the Museum is a hub for art lovers, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, and more.  John Banovich will present his new original oil painting "Simply One Thing On His Mind", oil on belgian linen, 8 x 10 in. The painting will be sold by silent bid on September 16th.

"The Idea for “Simply One thing On His Mind” came from watching Mule Deer in November in Montana as they compete for the ladies, driven by an ancient drive to gather a harem and mate. He who gathers the most girls wins! While the composition was needed to convey movement, I elected to boil down the distracting visual and stick to just the basics; Deer, Trees and Grass. By adding the snow I was able to create a sense of mystery and intrigue and a much stronger composition. 

"I created mood by pushing the values so there appears to be a larger depth of field than is usually depicted. This first soft layer allows me to set the stage with a value of cool and simple grass, then tee up for the for the looser, more impressionistic feel of the brushwork, capturing just the essence of snow. Later when nearly finished I splattered the final flakes of paint to capture both the close-up feel of snowflakes and of the distant cold mist."

About John Banovich
John Banovich emerged as a talent to watch over two decades ago and today is known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife.  His deep passion, knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continues to inspire. Banovich founded The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, a nonprofit (501c3) organization fostering cooperative efforts to conserve the earth's wild places benefiting the wildlife and the people that live there.

Banovich's work is in important museum, corporate and private collections and has appeared in numerous prestigious venues including the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wildlife Experience Art Museum, Salmagundi Club, Museum of the Southwest, Natural History Museum, Gilcrease Museum, traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Society of Animal Artists and showcases hosted by Safari Club International and Dallas Safari Club. 

In the press, Banovich’s work has been showcased on Entertainment Tonight, The Outdoor Channel, The Great American Country Channel, Orion Entertainment, Versus, PBS and most recently NBC has written about his dedication to his conservation work and named him an NBC Cause Celebrity.

Please contact Kimberly Fletcher at 307.200.1622 or email for further information and images.