Saddle Maker Lisa Skyhorse to Serve as Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence

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Date: September 21, 2015
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Lisa Skyhorse, a full-time saddle maker for 40 years, will serve as Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist in Residence from September 14 through 27, 2015. Lisa will give a free public presentation of her unique art on Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 pm on the covered porch at Far View Terrace. She will exhibit finished art pieces along with saddles and will discuss the intricacies of leather-working.

During her two-week residency, Lisa intends to paint on both leather and canvas. She will also work on the leather illustrations for a children’s book written by Daniel Will-Harris entitled Ghost Horse. She is looking forward to being inspired by Mesa Verde, a place she has visited often and loved for the last 20 years.

Lisa and her husband Loren work together in Durango, CO, to create every style of saddle for both riding and collecting. They also travel the world working with nomadic horsemen and recently returned from a trip to the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Lisa has branched out into fine art as well. By carving, tooling, sculpting and painting on leather, she is able to achieve images that have texture, relief and color. The process and results are completely unique. Her work is on display at Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango and at the Booth Western Art Museum, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian, in Georgia. Lisa’s work can also be seen at

Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist in Residence program offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. This year’s Artists in Residence were selected from 45 applicants by a jury consisting of a Mesa Verde National Park ranger and three professional artists. Other 2015 Artists in Residence include photographer Jerry Fleury, musician/composer David Arkenstone, plein air artist Milt Beens, and musician Marilyn Kroeker. Learn more at


Last updated: September 22, 2015

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