Immediate Past President Michele Beck has been a MTWS member since 2002 and says she lives in the wilds of Montana, for now… As an officer, she has worked in every capacity and in every way to make MTWS a success. Or as she might put it, “Worn many hats!” We have all benefited from her dedication and terrific skills of organizing, coordinating and her vast computer knowledge as well as her calm, cheerful personality. When asked about her influences and inspirations, Michele responded “Long ago in a print class, my project was of a flower and the instructor said to look up Georgia O’Keefe and I did. I have read just about everything written about her, videos, and even traveled to her New Mexico place of inspiration. Now that the web is available, there are so many other inspirational links, although I would have to say going back to nature is the key to all that I create because of my passion for hiking and being in the outdoors” Connect the heart and soul with mind and brush before beginning is a basic philosophy of her artwork. Currently, Michele is in the middle of a series of whimsical portraits of dogs, cats, horses which are taking up her studio time.
Michele as always wants to keep expanding on what learning lessons come her way and to continue to experiment. A long range art goal would be to make a living from creating.