I can’t believe it’s already February. As they say, love is in the air, or I guess love is in the chair (chairlift, that is). No one knows that better than artist and skier Lacelliese King, whose alpine paintings are going up on the walls of clients left and right. Lacelliese, her husband, and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel spend time between Dallas and Lacelliese’s hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Against the snowy alpine backdrop of the Tetons, her work is inspired by ski culture, wildlife, and the mountains.
Collectors from Texas to Wyoming to California have snapped up her chairlift and bison paintings, and her pieces have helped to raise thousands of dollars for charity organizations both in Dallas and Jackson Hole. Lacelliese took off her skis to sit down and tell us about her art (perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your schussing squeeze) and share a few tips for on and off the slopes.
Also, see her work at Studio 212 this March! Details HERE
When did you start painting?
I have been creating my entire life. Growing up in Jackson Hole surrounded by so many talented artists and a community that is extremely supportive of the arts, I was always encouraged to pursue my creativity.
What inspires you?
I am passionate about how interior design and art can work together to make beautiful spaces. Specifically, I am excited to work with interior designers to find just the perfect piece—right down to the frame—for our clients. I am also constantly awed by the beautiful design elements throughout Dallas—just a drive through historic Highland Park inspires me to create. I feel most alive and most myself, though, when I am on snow, skiing at Jackson Hole. My parents put me on skis at age two, and I downhill raced through high school, so being on the mountain is second nature to me. Some of my most energized sessions in the studio happen after I’ve been skiing!
How do you balance life between two very different towns?
One of my favorite parts of the day is the ritual of après-ski. After a day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than capping it off by sharing a refreshment with friends and talking about how deep the powder was. We like to ski right up to one of the bars at the Four Seasons Resort, and the Mangy Moose is always my classic go-to. So I love bringing this ritual back to share with my Dallas friends — just being deliberate about spending time together over a cocktail and good conversation—I like to think of it as my little “après Dallas.”
What do you enjoy most about being on the mountain (besides skiing)?
What are a few of your après must-haves—both on and off the slopes?
As an all-mountain skier, I’m looking for function as much as form from my equipment and outerwear. Fortunately there are so many stylish and technical options now that are perfect for ski bunnies and (ahem) shredders alike. Here are a few of my favs:
One of my favorite all-around parkas ever!
The interchangeable lenses are great for going from those February powder days to sunny spring skiing later in the year.
Perfect outfit —this plus a turtleneck and leggings is all you need.
I never ski without a helmet, but I like to keep a beanie in my pocket to tame the après-ski helmet hair.
Beauty bag essential formulated in Jackson Hole that solves high-altitude dryness but is light enough to wear in Texas humidity.
If you’re not hitting the slopes this season, this book will still take you there.