Gary Ratcliff
Ouray Image Gallery now open in Treehouse Studio in Ridgway

Gary Radliff at his new Treehouse Studio, 549 Clinton St., Ridgway CO. Courtesy Image.

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[June 2021 | By Kathryn R. Burke, Publisher, San Juan Publishing]

Our June cover artist, nature photographer Gary Ratcliff, has added “gallery owner” to his list of titles. He can, at least for brief periods of time when he’s not in the field, share his work 1:1 with those who want to meet him and come in to visit at the Ouray Image Gallery in the historic Treehouse Studio, Ridgway.

The Treehouse walls and displays tell the story of a man passionate about nature and the beauty of the San Juan Mountains and the Colorado Plateau—Gary’s favorite subject matter. A nature and wildlife photographer, and a man who loves the outdoors, Gary combines his favorite passions and pastimes to build a life he loves. (This kind of comment, by the way, is common to many artists and photographers, who don’t consider their work a “job,” but an all-consuming, highly rewarding way of life.

Gary started early. “I won my first ribbon when I was just 12 years old,” he remembers. “My father was a photographer; we had a dark room in the basement. Everything was film back then, a lot of it black and white. A lot less sophisticated than the digital equipment I use today, but rapidly-evolving technology coupled with the free time I have now that I’m retired, allow me to take some incredible pictures!”

Gary Radcliff in the field, hiking to the next great photograph. Courtesy image.

And take some incredible trips! To capture the light and essential details, Gary travels to his destinations. He hikes, showshoes, and backpacks. His travels take him from pristine mountain tops to redrock desert canyons, to snow-rimmed canyons, and waterfalls tumbling over rocky cliffs.

Gary’s stunning landscape and wildlife photographs of the San Juan Mountains and desert southwest are the result of his photographic journeys. His love of the country and all the wildlife that dwells in it, speaks to the heart and soul of everyone who views his work, which has appeared in numerous galleries and regional publications showcasing Southwest Colorado, including San Juan Skyway, San Juan Silver Stage, and Telluride magazines.

His work is currently showing at Baked In Telluride. And his own Tree House Gallery in Ridgway. Come visit him on the weekends. He will be open Friday through Sunday or Monday… unless he has to run out to get just one more perfect photo.

Read more about Gary and see some of his work on his website,, where he also explains the process he uses to print his photographs. You can also read more about him in a story we recently published for the Montrose Center for the Arts, where Gary had a solo-show in March.