Ranchlands is presented by the Denver office of Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank and organized by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Ranchlands, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a fourth generation family agricultural-based business that specializes in the management of large-scale ranches. Its philosophy revolves around the idea that ranches should be economically viable, partnering with owners to implement ambitious conservation programs.

Ranchlands also supports artists by inviting them to participate in its mission to connect urban and rural communities. Since 2000, Ranchlands Artist Gatherings has welcomed visual artists from across the country. During the gatherings, painters, sculptors and photographers live and work at the ranches, gathering material, sharing ideas and garnering. The resulting artwork is displayed at an exhibition in Denver, then travels to various venues in the region.

Ranchlands is proud to support artists and is deeply indebted to them for their perspective and work focused on an important, uniquely American, way of life. The artists in this exhibition have all participated in the Ranchlands visual arts program and Artist Gatherings.

Duke Bearsley, Ranch 2
Duke Beardsley, Ranch 2, 2016, oil on canvas, 60 x 48", Courtesy of the artist and Ranchlands


Jill Soukup
Gully Run, 2014
oil on canvas
53.5 x 72.5"
Courtesy of the artist and Ranchlands


Mark Gould
Flint Mountain: Arcadian 2068, 2016
acrylic on canvas
48 x 64"
Courtesy of the artist and Ranchlandsn


Gully Run
Flint Mountain


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    Jill Soukup, Gully Run, 2014, oil on canvas, 53.5 x 72.5", Courtesy of the artist and Ranchlands

    Jill Soukup’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals and designed logos for local organizations. While studying at Colorado State University she worked as an illustrator and designer for the school and received awards for her work. She initially pursued a career in graphic design, but ultimately decided to devote herself to painting full-time.

    Soukup’s work has been shown in one person exhibitions at Astoria Fine Art (Jackson, WY), Eisenhauer Gallery (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), Saks Galleries (Denver, CO) and the Longmont Museum (Longmont, CO). Soukup is represented by Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, CO.

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    Mark Gould, Flint Mountain: Arcadian 2068, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 64", Courtesy of the artist and Ranchlands

    Artist Mark Gould describes his lively, unconventional approach to color as “color without rules.” His dynamic, vibrant paintings unite the light of New Mexico with the measureless landscapes of his Midwestern childhood. Gould began his painting career depicting colorful houses that he affectionately named My Neighbor’s House, a dazzling exploration of the American dream. Gould’s almost abstracted portrayal of buildings, landscapes, still lives and figure studies creates dynamic and brilliant paintings with an expansive feeling of space and freedom.

    Gould’s work has been shown in one person shows at the Mountain Shadow Gallery (Tucson, AZ), Lanning Gallery (Sedona, AZ) and Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM).






  Participating Artists     
Duke Beardsley
Terry Gardner
Mark Gould
Jill Soukup
Steve Weaver



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