Winslow Homer The Ranger Adirondacks painting
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), "The Ranger, Adirondacks," ca 1882, watercolor on paper, 13.8 x 20 in., collection David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University

Winslow Homer painted this image, “The Ranger, Adirondacks” in 1882. This is the view from the mountain of the lake where we spend our summers, which includes Paul Smith’s College where I hold my annual Publisher’s invitational Paint Out Adirondacks. I’ve climbed St. Regis Mountain many times in the last 30+ years and have painted this scene in this very spot.

Homer had a love affair with the state of New York and frequented the Adirondacks many times (there is a book of his work in the ADKS). Some believe he stayed at Paul Smith’s Hotel (where the college is now), which attracted a who’s who.

It’s logical because many of his Adirondack paintings appear to have been painted on this chain of lakes with rare small islands with pine trees, only found on a couple of lakes up here. And there were not a lot of places to stay here in the Wilderness at that time.

See photo essays of our previous Publisher’s Invitationals to the Adirondacks at

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