Our family moved to a small town in eastern Montana in 1995. Since I was teaching art in a public school for the first time, I had little time to paint but more time to reflect on the responsibilities of teaching art and the lasting impressions I might possibly have on young minds.
I became very involved with the Custer County Art Center, learning pottery and teaching the younger set various crafts during the summer. The associated Water Works museum was a wonderful exhibiting space for the annual local students' show. I assisted the director with installation of the paintings of Janet Fish. And I had the honor of being included in several juried exhibitions in the capacity of working artist and as juror. The work shown below was a part of a travelling exhibit touring communities in eastern Montana.
My response to landscape as a subject was powerful, and though the "tools" of painting techniques were limited, I approached the canvas in a more reverential fashion. Having an opportunity to experience this special part of our country affected my approach to painting permanently.