This landscape was painted on site near the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge in the Mission Valley. It was a beautiful, sunny late spring day and I was out with my plein air friends. As the clouds started to move in, we had to make a mad dash when a lightning storm hit. We just managed to get packed up and in our cars before the wind and rain started.

This pastel painting was chosen for the Holiday Show at Radius Gallery in Missoula. The show starts November 11 with an opening reception at 5–8 pm. If you’re in the area, stop in and see the exhibit…maybe even pick up a little gift for yourself!