Great Falls, Great Art

Submitted by Gary on Sun, 03/09/2014 - 18:24

Western Masters Preview

It's only a week away! The Western Masters Art Show and Sale in Great Falls, Montana, that is. I'll have a room full of paintings for you to take a look at. Many are fresh off the easel and never shown before. I'm very excited to share with you the results of the past year's efforts and want to hear what you think of them. I'll be in room 177 at the Best Western Heritage Inn: 1700 Fox Farm Rd, Great Falls, MT (406) 761-1900.

The 45 pieces I've chosen for the show cover the country from Maine to California but the vast majority are Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. There are a number from Yellowstone National Park and several from the Victor, Idaho area where I got to spend time last year again. The Yellowstone work features many of the famous water features of the park - geysers and waterfalls - which are always challenging to paint. From my home area there are autumn scenes, snowscapes, canyons and mountain meadows. All sizes and prices are represented in the exhibit so there should be something for everyone.

To find out more about the show go to the Western Masters web page. You can also see my personal profile.

I've been looking forward to this show for nearly six months. In December I ordered the panels on which my work will be displayed. A big factor is lighting. I'm very particular about the light I paint in and the light that I show my work in. I try to achieve the most realistic light effects in my paintings and I want the light in my exhibit to show off the hard work I've done to create the special light of each view. I tried to achieve a balance in my exhibit using both warm and cool lights. Actually the paintings themselves aren't that particular. They'll look great in any normal lighting but that's my goal - to make it easy for you to get the most natural effect from my work.

I thought you might like to see some of the shots taken during the booth design. The setup is in our basement which doesn't have a high enough ceiling to allow the lights to be out of the picture plane as they will be in room 177. There won't be work standing around on the floor either. I hope you're encouraged to visit Great Falls from March 19 to 22nd and share the excitement with me at my first Western Masters. I look forward to seeing you there.