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Colorado’s wilderness captures the spirit and brush of this graphic designer turned artist


Sliding and gliding up Summit County’s mountains on all-terrain skis, Leslie Jorgensen deposits herself in parts of Colorado’s backcountry many of us will never experience. It is there where her art begins.

“We ski these mountains, climb these cliffs, snowmobile on the snowy slopes—and that affects the landscape,” says the petite, cowboy-boot-wearing brunette. “At the same time, it affects us. I’m interested in this complicated relationship we have with all the wild places we love.”