An impressionist painter with her own unique style. Karen most often builds her paintings by first putting down a bright colored underpainting, then applying arbitrary color as she sees fit for the emotions she wants to portray about the scene. Karen lives and works in Livingston, MT, while her work has been shown and collected world wide.
Trained as a ceramic artist, Amanda currently works with reclaimed and recycled wood that she scavenges from across Montana. Amanda creates upcycled wood landscapes of specific mountains and ranges across Montana and the West.
Carol Patterson has a deep love of and passion for wildlife. She feels lucky to live in Montana, a part of the world where we still have good populations of many wild species. Watching wildlife and quietly observing the landscape brings her great joy, and her drawings of the creatures she glimpses during these times.
Barb Schwarz Karst
Barb Karst views art as a narrative, and her work is deeply inspired by the ordinary life of Montana. Her subjects include rusted cars, abandoned farm equipment, and buildings that are falling apart. Her work varies from abstract to figurative pieces. She has been an art educator for more than 30 years.
A Montana made artist, Cathy Berendts gains motivation from her natural surroundings. As a self-taught artist, she appreciates the use of mixed media and bringing beauty to unexpected avenues. Cathy finds and paints the skulls of bison, cow, deer and elk with iconic images of the west such as a howling wolf or an indian paintbrush flower.
Illustrating full-time is Elizabeth’s childhood dream come true. Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Unique map illustrations and informational art are her specialties. Her preferred medium is ink and watercolor which invite both control and surprise into her work.
As a contemporary artist, Loretta creates visual poetry through her paintings of landscapes. The spirit of place is her inspiration for a deeper, psychological interpretation of the personal quest. Through her use of bold colors and dramatic compositions, she encourages the viewer to experience the power, spirit, and beauty of nature.
Relying on intuition and allowing her work to flow, Maxwell finds that when she becomes one with the process her paintings take on their own unique expression. “When a painting is complete, it reveals an answer to a question or confirms a recent emotional or spiritual understanding or growth within myself.”
Kelley, a native of Bozeman, MT, revels in the organic movement of paint. Working with few preconceptions, she lets the medium decide much of its own path. With nature as her inspiration, she creates an emotional landscape by building layers. Her techniques include dipping, soaking, and drenching the canvas in water after each application of paint until images emerge.
Rooted in personal experiences in remote landscapes, Kelsey’s art reflects the elusive wilderness in which our inner psyche finds its interconnectedness with the outer world. Utilizing vibrant palettes in her unique brand of modern expressionism, her hope for her artwork is to not only invigorate the viewer with the emotions of real memories or imagined dreams in these settings, but also to fuel conversation and action in conservation.
Madeline is an abstract painter working with mixed water based media on paper and wood panel. Her paintings explore the shifting, animate, and multi-sided nature of form and organic material. The subject matter is that which avoids total definition, revealing themselves partially, allowing space for the possibility and freedom to change. Through her work Madeline wishes to emphasize a painting as a verb, something not fixed, but instead open ended.
For 36 years, Thornton was primarily a bronze sculpture artist. However, paint was always a medium he wanted to explore. His most recent series of paintings started as a process of reconnecting with past experiences, and many of the images are of memories from his days of riding, ranching, and hunting. He views painting as a sort of alchemy of transformation, coaxing his memories onto a flat surface without interfering with the energy that generates the image.
Joan Watts currently resides in Livingston, Montana. While her original paintings utilize acrylic on canvas, her unique techniques necessitate Giclee reproductions on heavy archival paper. Joan's editions are limited to ten archival reproductions each. In addition to her career as an esteemed fine artist, Joan is the daughter of philosopher and speaker Alan Watts.
Mid Mod Studio is a collaborative venture between an artist and an architect. They create unique laser cut wood artwork with subject matter ranging from a map of Yellowstone, to fly fishing lures, to the solar system. The combination of pure wood and bright color accents creates clean and vibrant imagery.
Scot Herries grew up in Bozeman, MT and graduated from MSU with a degree in Graphic Design. Drawn to working with his hands, he designs and builds furniture and heirloom boxes using both veneers and solid wood. In addition to working with wood he also creates art using mixed media collage and serigraphy.
Brittany creates highly detailed pen and ink drawings of animals that she has studied and observed in her many outdoor adventures. The work is the result of her determination to capture each hair, shadow, reflection, imperfection, and life as she translates it to paper.
Karen’s bright and playful watercolor paintings are a celebration of nature.An appreciation of both nature and art has always been a part of Karen’s life. The whimsical animals she creates truly have personalities of their own.
Abby Lindstrom King
Abby’s pyrography with acrylic focuses on familiar Western landscapes and animals but with a playful, abstract twist. Every single piece is inspired by a place Abby has visited, hiked, and explored. The animal silhouettes are often taken from studies of her own pets or from wildlife she has seen during her travels across Montana. Each animal has their own unique personality and she tries to capture some of that joy in her art.