British explorer and artist Tony Foster is the first Artist-In-Residence for the 2010 season at Mesa Verde National Park. Foster has spent the last 25 years working in the world's wilderness - rain forests, deserts, mountains, canyons, the Arctic and the tropics - and the result of his travels is his "Watercolor Diaries."
Working on site often in difficult conditions, his paintings not only show what the landscape looks like but also, by incorporating written diary notes, maps and symbolic objects, he tells the story of the place and his interaction with that environment.
Foster has had many solo exhibitions, most notably at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as well as the Yale Center for British Art, California Academy of Sciences and the Royal Watercolor Society in London. He was awarded a medal by the Royal Geographical Society for his work in the world's wilderness.
His most recent exhibition, "Searching for a Bigger Subject," compared the two greatest landscape icons - Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon. He is the only person ever to have painted all three of Mount Everest's formable faces.
He will show the paintings he has been working on while in residence at Mesa Verde and talk about his new project "Sacred Places," which is scheduled to show in Santa Fe in 2012.
Begun during Mesa Verde National Park's 2006 Centennial, the Artist-In-Residence program provides accomplished writers, composers and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The park provides a historic, rustic residence to selected participants for four two-week periods.