The Ski Map Artist

Chances are, you have come across a trail map with the signature of James Niehues at the bottom. According to wikipedia he has done 75% of all the large resorts. Working primarily in water color Niehues has made his mark on the Trail Map Industry in a big way.

Trail Maps are a challenging assignment for any artist, as they must represent; elevation changes, terrain features and prominent landmarks all while conveying a ton of detailed trail information. It seems as though its the ultimate Graphic Design meets Fine Art example.

From his website I found that he is currently taking his masterful skills to the web, which seems logical. I would really love to own an original Trail Map Painting of one of my hometown resorts, how cool would that be?

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