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Artists at Canyon Outfitters

'Inspired by Yellowstone' Artist Series at Canyon Lodge

What says inspiration better than the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone? Artist from around the world have tried to capture its majesty. The ‘Inspired by Yellowstone’ artist series at Canyon Lodge this summer features two incredibly talented photographers: Tom Murphy and Frank Ruggles.  Stop by the Canyon Outfitters Shop to learn more about them, their inspirations, and their love for Yellowstone.

My inspirations…

The strength and vitality of Yellowstone’s wild character is unique and valuable. It gives hope to everyone who experiences its beauty. The natural infinitely changing wonders captivated me as a little kid on family vacations and inspired me to move here in 1978. I am more intrigued and drawn to this place every passing year.

I hope to open people’s senses through my work and help them to recognize the beauty and value of clean healthy landscapes and dynamic wildlife stories.

I want people to experience the same sense of humility and wonder in the presence of life and vitality that I had while making my photographs. By recognizing the value of Yellowstone, I hope my photographs encourage others to tell their own stories, help inspire reverence, and encourage them to help to preserve the place.

Frank Lee Ruggles has about as mysterious and impressive a resumé as one can imagine. He carried a machine gun for four years as a U.S. Army Paratrooper, was a First Sergeant in the Virginia State Guard as a Military Police Officer, and even parachuted with the 82nd Airborne division into Panama.

He then was inspired to go in a completely different direction by following in the footsteps of his photographic hero the late, great Ansel Adams. This former military-man-turned-critically-acclaimed photographer held the esteemed position as an Official Photographer for the United States National Park Service from 2007 through 2011, a position only held by a handful of people in the 100 year history of the NPS. In combining two such different lives, Ruggles has found himself in the role of Warrior-Artist, and he is using his unique skills to advocate for the conservation and preservation of our national parks and other natural places.