The creative spirit is inspired by that which surrounds it. As a plein air painter, that is most especially true for me and northwest Montana. I love this landscape—the rugged mountains, the pristine lakes, and the lush farmlands. I feel connected to it on a deep, spiritual level. I come from a lineage of mountain people, both my parents immigrated from Switzerland. You could say mountains are in my blood.

With that deep connection to the land, I’m endlessly inspired to discover and become familiar with the variations and nuances of this landscape. Pastels are my chosen medium. They allow me the ability to use bold flourishing strokes as well as subtle blending to convey mood and motion in the composition. Pastels encourage my exploration of vibrant and colorful expression.

Plein air painting informs my work with an accurate view of the natural world, much more so than painting from photographs. That’s why I put up with the weather, the bugs, the wind, and the inconvenience while painting on location. The sense of bliss I feel in viewing a scene bathed in light and shadow is what I hope to convey to the viewer. If a work of art can foster connectivity with the viewer, it becomes more than art, it becomes an asset to their quality of life.

My background includes over 30 years as a graphic designer running an intimate design studio, Abacus Graphics, LLC, with my husband and partner, John R. Webster. We are located in Bigfork on the stunning shoreline of Flathead Lake.

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Support the Flathead Land Trust by purchasing artwork painted by 14 local artists. You can bid on the paintings at Auctria.events/FlatheadRiverinPaint.
Now showing at Montana Modern Fine Art through Wednesday, Nov. 16. Benefits the Owen Sowerwine project and K-12 education. Please come in and enjoy the views of the Flathead River in Paint!

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You can still see the 24 paintings completed by 14 artists for the Flathead Land Trust now showing at Montana Modern Fine Art through Wednesday, Nov. 16. Half the proceeds benefit the Owen Sowerwine and K-12 education. Please come in and enjoy the views of the Flathead River in Paint!

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Tonight, November 9th, is the opening reception of "Flathead River In Paint" at Montana Modern Fine Art in Kalispell. This fundraiser benefits Flathead Land Trust and the Owen Sowerwine Project which will protect 442 acres of State School Trust land along the Flathead River. The online auction features the paintings from 14 artists. Please use this link to bid and for more information. We hope to see you tonight from 6-8 pm.

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Sunrise Over the Flathead North Shore, 16“ x 12“, pastel
It was an adventure waking up before dawn and driving over to Somers to catch the sunrise. This painting will be on auction at the “Flathead River in Paint” event sponsored by Flathead Land Trust. Hope to see you at Montana Modern Fine Art on November 9, 6–8 p.m. for the opening reception.

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Flathead North Shore Neighbors, 9” x 12”, pastel
These Canada geese were my companions while I was painting the new beach area on the north shore of Flathead Lake in Somers. This painting will be on exhibit at the “Flathead River in Paint” event sponsored by Flathead Land Trust. Come in, say hello, and support the Owen Sowerwine Project at Montana Modern Fine Art on November 9, 6-8 pm for the opening reception.

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Sunrise Over the Flathead North Shore, 16“ x 12“, pastel
It was an adventure waking up before dawn and driving over to Somers to catch the sunrise. This painting will be on auction at the “Flathead River in Paint” event sponsored by Flathead Land Trust. Hope to see you at Montana Modern Fine Art on November 9, 6–8 p.m. for the opening reception.

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Sometimes Mother Nature just makes you smile. Loving my time in Grand Mesa!
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Therese Ely had a wonderful reception last night at Phillip’s Gallery. Stunning paintings and it was interesting to hear about Therese’s process. Definitely a show to see!

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Had to share this incredible rainbow over Flathead Lake this morning!

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It’s been years since we’ve seen these two lovely ladies! John’s sister is here with her daughter visiting for the week. We are showing them the beauty of Montana! ...

Pastel, 9” x 12”
Yesterday’s early morning plein air on the new Somers beach. The mosquitoes are abundant this year and my mosquito net headgear worked like a charm. I’m going to be keeping that as part of my plein air kit from now on.

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“12” x 24”, pastel
Another Flathead Lake sunset to delight and inspire the creative spirit.

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“Tangerine Sky”, 12” x 9”, pastel
Another Flathead Lake sunset to delight and inspire the creative spirit. This time over Woods Bay.

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“Flathead Lake Sunset Story”, 12” x 9”, pastel
I never tire of painting the endless casts of sunsets performing over Flathead Lake.

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I painted this a couple of years ago. I’ve taken it out of the frame and I’m reworking the foreground.

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“Evening’s Tune”, 12” x 9”, pastel
This one went home with a collector recently. I love painting the skies over Flathead Lake. There is an endless variety in nature’s theater of sky productions featuring interesting cloud patterns and spectacular color palettes. I’m gearing up to do more of these little gems. Stay tuned!

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Ukraine is the largest producer of sunflower seeds in the world. The sunflower is Ukraine’s national flower. Artists are displaying their sunflower art to show support for the people of Ukraine. Here’s mine. Sending thoughts of peace and comfort to the country.
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“Sedona Poetry”, 18” x 24”, pastel
Another painting in my Southwest series. I originally painted this on site a few years ago. At the time, I was lucky enough to meet up with some of my plein air painting buddies in Sedona and was introduced to this lovely and unique landscape. I completed this painting in the studio using my study as a reference. Available at FoR Fine Art gallery in Tucson.

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“Desert Blue”, 16”x20”
has made its way to the new FoR Fine Art gallery in Tucson. Inspired by the spring run off in Sabino Canyon when the desert is at its greenest. Stop in and visit if you’re in the area.

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Rembrandt’s work has always inspired me with his deep shadows and glinting gold highlights. My latest pastel, “Pear Party“ is representative of his style. The “models” were wonderful, very fragrant and they kindly sat for long hours without complaint.

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