LYNETTE ST. CLAIR

Shoshone linguist, teacher & cultural preservationist

 Lynette St. Clair outside of Ft. Washakie, Wyoming on the Wind River Reservation. 

Lynette St. Clair outside of Ft. Washakie, Wyoming on the Wind River Reservation. 

 
Commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et. Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus.
— Lynette St. Clair
 
 Lynette St. Clair at home in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming.

Lynette St. Clair at home in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming.

 
 

Listen to Lynette's Story.

 

The artist Neltje overcame abuse and alcoholism to realize her strength as an abstract expressionist painter and author. As the former proprietor of the historic Sheridan Inn, she saved the establishment from destruction and oversaw its operation for years before becoming a full-time artist. In her 80’s, Neltje has lived in Wyoming for over 50 years now, and is unafraid to live out loud. She paints 10x30 foot abstract expressionist canvases and recently released her memoir, North of Crazy. She founded an artist residency program on her ranch in Banner, Wyoming (Jentel Arts), as well as Turned Antiques - a hidden gem of an antique store with collections from around the world and Neltje’s travels. In addition to her painting and artistry, Neltje is a loyal friend, mother and grandmother, and has a brigade of furry friends including Carrie, Bandit, Tara, Gypsy, Lilly and Tara. 

During our interview, Neltje and I talk about being your own hero, her memoir and 10x30' canvases, and how she found her voice through painting.

 
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Our language is who we are. It’s in our DNA. It’s synonymous with our very existence.
— Shoshone linguist and cultural educator, Lynette St. Clair
 
 
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Everybody is put here on this earth, and they have a purpose. It’s up to you to find that purpose, and the creator works in different ways. He gives you challenges and you have to figure out ways to overcome them. Those challenges should be looked upon as something that’s going to help you grow and help make you stronger. The ultimate goal is to be able to leave a mark in this world and it’s something that you have to figure out what it is.
— Lynette St. Clair
 
 Lynette on the Wind River Reservation and source of inspiration and joy.

Lynette on the Wind River Reservation and source of inspiration and joy.