Moving West

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. 

 "Rosebud Canyon"  My subjects were always landscapes.  Big sky is not just a nickname for Montana but an emotional experience.

"Rosebud Canyon"

My subjects were always landscapes.  Big sky is not just a nickname for Montana but an emotional experience.

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.

 Notes from a 1970 Pachner workshop, words that make an impact on my decisions

Notes from a 1970 Pachner workshop, words that make an impact on my decisions

 "Powderville"- from a sketchbook. Capturing a realistic subject as emotional content was of utmost significance.

"Powderville"- from a sketchbook. Capturing a realistic subject as emotional content was of utmost significance.

 "Clay Butte"

"Clay Butte"