Gerry Metz delights in his visual experiences and translates them for our enjoyment as well. He paints from the heart capturing historical scenes with a clarity and presence that puts us back to the mid 1800's to the time of the mountain men, the pioneers and the cattlemen who gave our country its foundation. Sometimes departing from these themes that his collectors have come to expect, Gerry also enjoys painting florals, fly fishing scenes, and landscapes, which have also captured a wide following. All of these subjects underscore his free spirit and his continuing enjoyment of the outdoors. By riding into wilderness area on horseback, snow-shoeing in the high country in winter, and observing the different qualities of air, the resonance of light, Metz is better able to imagine what the people in his paintings might have felt and experienced. This essence of realism that he brings to us through his paintings, and the great emotional range that they span, captures for all the true Spirit of the West.