List of Tony Foster Journeys

Tony Foster’s past exhibitions include fourteen watercolor journeys completed between 1982 and 2009. After showing in a variety of locations, the journeys were broken up and the individual paintings sold. Sacred Places and Exploring Beauty, the 15th and 16th journeys, were purchased in their entirety by the Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation to keep them intact and available to the public. Some of Tony Foster’s work can also be viewed in the collections of a number of public institutions.

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Journey 16 | 2007–16 | 52 artworks

Exploring Beauty: Watercolour Diaries from the Wild

This journey celebrates the wild beauty of nature. Over the course of nearly a decade, Foster invited leading scientists, explorers, writers, environmentalists and mountaineers to nominate a beautiful wild place. The nominated sites inspired the resulting paintings. 

 
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Journey 15 | 2010–12 | 32 artworks

Sacred Places: Watercolour Diaries from the American Southwest

Foster researched and traveled to the Four Corners region of the American Southwest to paint landscapes deemed sacred by different cultures, including Native Americans, Catholics, New Age practitioners and Mormons. 

 
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Journey 14 | 2008–09 | 10 artworks

Secret Sites

This journey is Foster’s highly personal tribute to the friendships that sustained him on his journeys. Each of the ten works features a favorite secret site of his Idaho supporters. Maps of the locations remained sealed inside the frames.

 
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Journey 13 | 2006 | 9 artworks

Rocky Days

Rocky Days documents a series of short hiking trips in the Idaho Rockies, capturing the region’s abundant natural beauty.

 
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Journey 12 | 2004–07 | 35 artworks

Searching for a Bigger Subject: Watercolour Diaries from Everest and the Grand Canyon

This journey looks at two of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders: Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon. Foster drew on his mental and physical resources, as well as his artistic skill to document these iconic landmarks. He endured great adversity to become the only watercolor painter to capture all three of Everest’s formidable faces.

 
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Journey 11 | 2002 | 31 artworks

The Whole Salmon

The Whole Salmon features a painting for each day of Foster’s 415-mile rafting trip down Idaho’s beautiful Salmon River, from its source to its confluence.

 
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Journey 10 | 1998–2002 | 9 artworks

WaterMarks: Watercolour Diaries from Swamps to Icebergs

Foster explores water in all its forms, including Arctic icebergs, Yellowstone geysers, the swamps of Georgia, the Platano and Colorado Rivers and the waterfalls of Guyana.

 
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Journey 9 | 1998–99 | 24 artworks

After Lewis and Clark

This journey examines a changing landscape as Foster retraces the footsteps of Lewis and Clark in Montana, Idaho and Washington, seeking to paint wild places along the route. 

 
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Journey 8 | 1996–97 | 55 artworks

Ice and Fire: Watercolour Diaries of Volcano Journeys

This journey showcases Foster’s travels to Montserrat, Hawaii, the Andes, the Cascades, and California, as he paints active volcanos and icy mountains. 

 
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Journey 7 | 1993–94 | 9 artworks

Wilderness Journeys: Watercolour Diaries of the Idaho Rockies

Tony Foster explores the distinctive characteristics of each of the parallel ranges that make up the Rocky Mountains in Idaho.

 
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Journey 6 | 1991–93 | 36 artworks

Rainforest Diaries: Watercolours from Costa Rica

Rainforest Diaries explores the lush wilderness of untouched lowland and mountain cloud forests. This journey challenged Foster with mud, rain, insects and the intricacies of painting green on green.

 
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Journey 5 | 1990–94 | 40 artworks

Arid Lands: Watercolour Diaries of Journeys across Deserts

This journey highlights the often unappreciated beauty of the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

 
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Journey 4 | 1988–89 | 48 artworks

Exploring the Grand Canyon

Exploring the Grand Canyon chronicles Foster’s travels through the Grand Canyon as he hiked most of its four hundred miles of trails to paint its magnificent views and complex geology.

 
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Journey 3 | 1986–87 | 41 artworks

John Muir’s High Sierra: A Watercolour Diary

Foster’s 211-mile trek along the entire length of the John Muir Trail resulted in an exhibition that helped rekindle interest in John Muir and became instrumental in the formation of the John Muir Trust in Scotland.

 
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Journey 2 | 1984 | 34 artworks

Thoreau’s Country: Walks and Canoe Journeys in New England

Foster follows along the path of one of his “philosophical heroes,” Henry David Thoreau, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

 
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Journey 1 | 1982 | 21 artworks

Travels without a Donkey in the Cévennes

Foster and a companion retrace the steps of Robert Louis Stevenson on his travels through the French Pyrenees as documented in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879). 


Journey Locations

Over the course of his 16 watercolor journeys since the 1980s, Tony Foster has traveled to 15 countries and painted more than 532 paintings. While his travels have taken him to exceptional wild areas around the globe, many of his painting sites have been in the American West.

16 Journeys of Painting Locations

The dots on this map show Tony’s painting sites. A single dot can represent multiple expeditions and paintings.

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Catalogs

All sixteen of Tony Foster’s  journeys have been exhibited publicly. Below are examples of catalogs created for these exhibitions. Only the two most recent journey catalogs are available for sale from The Foster.

  Thoreau’s Country: Walks and Canoe Journeys in New England , 1985

Thoreau’s Country: Walks and Canoe Journeys in New England, 1985

  John Muir’s High Sierra: A Watercolour Diary , 1987

John Muir’s High Sierra: A Watercolour Diary, 1987

  Exploring the Grand Canyon , 1990

Exploring the Grand Canyon, 1990

  Rainforest Diaries: Watercolours from Costa Rica , 1993

Rainforest Diaries: Watercolours from Costa Rica, 1993

  Arid Lands: Watercolour Diaries of Journeys Across Deserts , 1995

Arid Lands: Watercolour Diaries of Journeys Across Deserts, 1995

  Wilderness Journeys: Watercolour Diaries of the Idaho Rockies , 1995

Wilderness Journeys: Watercolour Diaries of the Idaho Rockies, 1995

  Ice and Fire: Watercolour Diaries of Volcano Journeys , 1998

Ice and Fire: Watercolour Diaries of Volcano Journeys, 1998

  Worldviews: The Watercolour Diaries of Tony Foster (retrospective exhibition), 2000

Worldviews: The Watercolour Diaries of Tony Foster(retrospective exhibition), 2000

  After Lewis and Clark: Explorer Artists and the American West , 2000

After Lewis and Clark: Explorer Artists and the American West, 2000

  The Whole Salmon: A Multidisciplinary Commission Project , 2003

The Whole Salmon: A Multidisciplinary Commission Project, 2003

  WaterMarks: Watercolour Diaries from Swamps to Icebergs , 2003

WaterMarks: Watercolour Diaries from Swamps to Icebergs, 2003

  Searching for a Bigger Subject: Watercolour Diaries from Everest and the Grand Canyon , 2008

Searching for a Bigger Subject: Watercolour Diaries from Everest and the Grand Canyon, 2008

  Sacred Places: Watercolour Diaries from the American Southwest , 2012

Sacred Places: Watercolour Diaries from the American Southwest, 2012

  Exploring Beauty: Watercolour Diaries from the Wild , 2016

Exploring Beauty: Watercolour Diaries from the Wild, 2016