Carolyn Keigley

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Monday through Friday, Carolyn Keigley is an avid elementary school art teacher. On her own time, however, she's a skier and an artist.

So when weekends roll around, Keigley has to decide: to ski or to sketch? She's found the perfect solution: Do both.

Originally from Utah's Wasatch Valley (the city of Brighton was named after her ancestors), Keigley has always held an immense appreciation for the mountains, and snow in particular. One of her fondest memories is of holding contests with her sisters to see who could stand barefoot in the snow the longest. "I always won," she boasts.

Keigley lives and works in Truckee, Calif., and finds some of her most powerful inspiration on her skis in the backcountry. "High Upon The Mountain" depicts Wyoming's Grand Teton, which awed her on a backcountry ski trip. "Altar Series" (pictured), on the other hand, is simply an image of Lake Tahoe, which Keigley is fortunate to take in each morning.

Teaching first- and second-graders feeds her art. To simplify complex weather concepts, she choreographs simple dances and musical plays with little 8-year-old warm fronts and cold fronts bouncing into each other. It's never boring.

Keigley's prints sell for $200 to $600 and the originals from $600 to $3,000. If you're in the Tahoe area, you can view her work in the day lodge at Alpine Meadows or at Backstreet Framers, a gallery owned by Alpine Meadows patrollers. Her work will also be featured this season in the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. Call 530-587-3347 or visit www.4snowart.com.