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Boise artist who paints scenes of old horse stables Les Bois Park

Over the past few months, the Boise Chi Westin artist has been setting up his painter’s box in a place – which for the past seven years – hasn’t endured much activity.

BOISE, Idaho – You can’t stop time or progress. They both did their best to remove the remnants of our past through Treasure Valley.

The old buildings, in particular, are reminiscent of what we used to be. A Boise artist took it upon himself to capture those things with color and detail.

Over the past few months, Chi Westin has been setting up her painter’s box in a place – which for the past seven years – hasn’t endured much activity.

“It’s wonderful to have a place where you can paint, where it’s quiet and just be left alone,” Westin said.

Westin subject; the horse stables at the north end of the Les Bois Park.

“I just want to capture all the little things you don’t see in the photographs,” Westin said.

For decades, during the summer, the breezes of the racecourse were animated. It’s a stable scene that Westin has never seen.

“No, no. I can imagine,” Westin said. “I see incredible beauty, just hard work, people coming out year after year and different horses moving. You know, I see a life story out here. So when I paint, I” I’m trying to capture that feeling.

“Right now, this is just a little detail work, just to capture the real feel of the place that was used, no longer pristine. Some of them have multiple boards. Some of them go all the way. Some of them are they’ve been eaten by horses and others haven’t. So they’re all very, very different. “

Westin has an eye for feelings.

“If we wanted it perfect, we would just take a photograph. We don’t need it. We’re trying to paint how it feels,” Westin said. “I think part of it is the kind of life we ​​are leading right now, it has no room for reflection.”

This sentimentality is why Westin made old structures, like horse stables, its mission.

“A couple of years ago, I was spending a lot of time on Eagle Island and I finished this beautiful painting, it was this size, of one of the buildings out there,” Westin said. “I went back the next week to paint another corner, because it was so perfect and the building was gone. I said, ‘What happened? What are they doing?’ It was then that I started looking around and realized that things were disappearing and I didn’t even notice.

“Painting old fences full of weeds – they’re gone – they’re really hard to find now. Every one of those old places is demolished. So, I started looking for it, looking for the places that are disappearing.”

Westin’s paintings can give these places another life, in acrylic on canvas.

“Just to record them and say, ‘Hey, this is where we live, this is our home.’ Nowadays, these will be our memories, ”Westin said.

The stalls in Les Bois park were supposed to be demolished this summer, but the demolition program has been delayed and probably won’t happen until this fall. So, they won’t be there for much longer.

Westin’s work can be seen next first Thursday July 7 in downtown Boise. She has a studio in the Alaska Building on Main Street.

The Boise-based artist plans to do a few more of these smaller paintings and then do six larger paintings in the next year if you want to get your hands on some Treasure Valley history.

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