VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Conservation and Compromise, Dry Tortugas
9-June from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
VIRTUAL DSS | Conservation and Compromise, Dry Tortugas
Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 4 pm – 5 pm EST
Alice Leese, a painter and professional artist, is also a working rancher on her family ranch. In her presentation, she will discuss the many ways her creative practice integrates the ecological stewardship of delicate environments such as Dry Tortugas and her home ranch country in Texas. Says Leese: “After arriving and seeing the National Park Service at work and the environment dictating the land uses, it was so like ranching, where our goal is to conserve and still accommodate visitors and resource use.”
About the Presenter:
Alice Leese grew up on the YT Ranch in Winkler County Texas, where she and her husband Rob live and work. They have two daughters, Laura, and Elizabeth. Alice is part of the fourth generation on the ranch and works alongside the fifth and sixth. The ranch was started in the late 1800s by her great grandfather who came from Maine to the west driving a herd of sheep from Colorado to a Texas railhead called Odessa and homesteading there. The ranch now raises Hereford and Angus cattle.
Alice graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Studio Art. She is a signature member of the American Plains Artists, a member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and the Outdoor Painters Society. She is represented by the Jeff Tabor Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. She was recently the National Parks Arts Foundation artist in residence at Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico and Volcanoes National Park in Hawai’i. Alice paints the southwest landscape in plein air and the landscape of the ranch that usually includes cows, cowboys, windmills, wildlife, the oil field, and the people who live there.
About the Dry Tortugas National Park:
Dry Tortugas National Park is located almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area. Visitors enjoy camping, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing or just enjoying a view from the top of massive Fort Jefferson. Fort Jefferson is the largest all-masonry fort in the United States, built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.
National Parks Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 charitable foundation. The AiR Program is made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, and art patrons and friends groups of the Parks.
Photo: Photograph of Alice Leese on Garden Key, Florida. 2022.
This program is a collaboration with the National Park and the National Parks Arts Foundation and was sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust, Aloys & Carol Metty, Lee Garrison, and The John & Marilyn Rintamaki Family Charitable Fund and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs