In the spring of 2015, the beautiful and historic Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming commissioned me to reproduce detailed leather paintings for the renovation of their famous Silver Dollar Bar. The original 65 year old leather paintings were made in 1945 – 1950 by Paul Clowes, (1903 – 1959) an artist from Salt Lake City, Utah. The Wort renovation plans called for duplication of the original Silver Dollar Bar, which resulting in adding a second bar in the new addition, called the Silver Dollar Showroom. The paintings span 30.5 feet in length by 10 inches in height, and are installed above the bar. The history of Jackson Hole is portrayed in the nine paintings above the bar.
The leather panels were distressed and dyed to capture the original smoky patina, then the scene was burned into the leather with pyrography pens and painted in acrylic.