Colter was born and raised in Bozeman Montana, which was fertile soil for a
budding artist and wildlife enthusiast. His home on Golden Trout Way was
surrounded by acres of adventure – swimming holes, sledding hills, running trails,
and best of all, animals. (Deer, elk, foxes, frogs, fish, eagles, red-tailed hawks, you
name it!) Colter went on many hunting trips where his father taught him to respect
the lives and value the sacrifices of wildlife. To this day, no place feels like home
unless there can be the (not-so) occasional deer sighting.
Colter’s roots as an artist were planted and nurtured by his mother, who
taught him to find joy in imagination – laughter and creativity were staples in
her parenting toolkit. This ingrained in Colter the value of finding joy in the
process of creation, which has given him the confidence to pursue the
exploration of mediums and styles in his animal portraiture.
Colter is now a husband and father himself and is hoping to instill many of
these same values in his children. His wife and two daughters are his favorite
of all God's creations, and he is grateful for how making art continues to be a
blessing to his growing family.
There are certain environments that resonate with the cords of my soul and
set my spirit free – the smell of aspen leaves during fall as they begin their
slow decay, the sound of redwing blackbirds calling from bending cattails,
spotting white tails as they run, catching a sunset burst across the sky with
brilliant colors, feeling wet river silt and clay in between my fingers and toes.
As I have reflected on these moments, I have come to a deep sense of
gratitude for the tangible, senses-heightening experience it is to be human.
So much of who we are and what we encounter is unrefined yet beautiful.
Transforming the energy packed in these moments into something tangible
has driven my work as an artist. My current works explore this energetic
connection to the natural world through the use of color, texture, and
symbolic wildlife portraiture.
Unique to my process is the use of raw clay as the primary textural element.
The organic nature of clay and the way it cracks as it dries brings a vitality to
the surface that I find to be more rich than that of synthetics. I use a bold and
expressive painting style to compliment this natural energy from the clay.
My purpose with these pieces is to simply connect with nature as I did when I
was a child, with my hands in the mud, communicating my encounters with
wildlife through contemporary simplicity. I hope that as you engage with my
art, you feel the freedom to experience nature, wildlife, and humanity with