Arts

On the Cover: Madonna of the Gloaming

TeresaJordan_Teresa Jordan is an artist and author whose books include the memoir Riding the White Horse Home and two illustrated journals, Field Notes from Yosemite: Apprentice to Place and Field Notes from the Grand Canyon: Raging River, Quiet Mind. With her husband, Hal Cannon, she created the series “The Open Road” for The Savvy Traveler on Public Radio International.

Her most recent recent book is The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off), a collection of essays inspired by Ben­ja­min Franklin’s 13 virtues and the seven deadly sins. She created the illustrations for the book, large paper cuts of animals, birds and insects that capture the essence of virtue and vice in a contemporary take on the Medieval bestiary. The book received the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize and the Utah Book Award as well as the Da Vinci Eye Award for cover art. Teresa uses as her artist’s mark the Circle Mill Iron brand, which she inherited from her Great Aunt Marie Jordan Bell. Marie was born on the isolated Wyoming ranch on which Teresa was raised and spent nearly every day of her life working outside with horses, dogs, and cattle. For Teresa, the Circle Mill Iron brand represents the tradition of women’s work in her family.