The outdoor pool is entirely surrounded by
paintings that create an atmosphere of the West
we all love. The Murals were painted by well
known artist Mike Mahoney.
Mike Mahoney is a life-long Montanan who has
always made his living as an Artist. He sells original
paintings, prints, and has created hundreds of
commissions for clients like; The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Boone &
Crockett Club, Trout Unlimited, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, and many more.
Visit more of Mike's work at http://www.mahoneyart.com
Painting the Valley of Peace...
When Dr. Gene Gudmundson approached local artist Mike Mahoney about a new atmosphere around the pool, the Spa Hot Springs Motel was already famous for its murals. The previous murals were
beautiful, but time and the elements had worn them out. Mike has created his own interpretation of those beloved paintings.
Golden Eagles are the preeminent raptor in these mountain plains. They soar over the Big Belt Mountains as the essence of freedom. The fearsome Grizzly ruled this territory in times past. The mighty Elk is what these parts are most famous for. Tributaries from every canyon become the magical Smith River. Big Mule Deer bucks are elusive, but the Coyotes are still pretty brave. The Bison are over in Yellowstone now, but they once swarmed these hills to the Meadowlark's sweet call. Birds, Fish and even a Fly complete the tapestry of wildlife. Watch for the Mountain Lion if venturing out through the courtyard. This
was a Valley of Peace in past history. The water was big medicine for all the Native Tribes. Two chiefs stand in front of the Castle Mountains in peaceful coexistence at the valley of the White Sulphur Springs. It is fun to think... The waters that bore silent witness to ancient times, still flow out to fill the pool today.