Artist of the Moment: Quang Ho

An illustration from Ansel and the Great Tree

Quang Ho is a busy man. In September he participated in the Western Visions show at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, WY. In October his paintings popped up in a group show at Gallery 1261 in Denver. In December Ho is participating in the American Art Invitational at Denver’s Saks Galleries as well as another presentation at Gallery 1261.

At times the Colorado artist and his paintings seem to be downright ubiquitous. But the truth is that for most of this year Ho has devoted his creative energies to completing illustrations for a children’s book, Ansel and the Great Tree. The book has just been published and the images are both beautiful and sensitively rendered. They compliment a touching tale written by Ho’s mother-in-law, Rose Switzer.

The book tells the story of a village and a little boy, Ansel, who tries to save a tree. The tale is timeless, but the narrative also has a subtle message about our planet today, and one small person can make a difference. In other words, it doesn’t always take a village. The book is available for purchase at and includes a DVD with narration by Switzer and a musical score composed by her son, Matthew Switzer, who is a conductor and cellist. –Bonnie Gangelhoff