Welcome to Montana Watercolor Society’s first Signature Member Show
Our Signature Members have been juried into the MTWS Watermedia annual show three times and have earned the right to use the MTWS initials behind their signatures on their artwork.
All paintings are available for purchase. Please email the MTWS President if you would like to purchase a piece at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the artist and title of the painting you would like to buy and we will help you arrange the transaction. Art pieces will be shipped to the buyer unmatted and unframed.
(All pieces are in the slide show below)
Congratulations to our winners!
Gold: Karen Leigh “Skylight”
As a 4th-generation Montanan, I appreciate the history of the state and the strong men and women who helped to tame it. The Kuhns family homesteaded here in the Flathead Valley in 1888 and what remains is the subject of “Sky Light.” I was especially intrigued by the light coming through what was left of the house and the textures of the old wood. I've always called it “accidental magnificence” and it was certainly true that day. As I took it all in, I noticed that the birds were enjoying it as well.
The property is now managed by Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the purpose of wildlife protection.
"Corps" was inspired by the way the light plays on the bottles of tequila in a store owned by a friend who was happy to give Tobie permission to photograph in her store.. Montana born and raised, she returned 5 years ago and since retiring paints every day in watercolor and acrylic. Her paintings are inspired by everything. She carries small sketch books when she drives and goes on walks so she can scribble sketch en plein air. Many of the sketches eventually find their way onto paper and canvas.
Silver: Tobie Liedes “Corps”
Bronze: Karen Bakke “Leader of the Pack
Leader of the pack was inspired by a trip to the Wyoming Bighorn mountains. This Appaloosa stood out with his amazing color and stature, he truly was a leader in the herd. I’ve been a professional artist since 1976, painting, large, murals and smaller canvas in the studio. Dogs and horses continue to be my most requested commissions for which I sketch and photograph the animals and learn their personalities before painting them. As always, my focus in painting animal portraits is the eyes and capturing their spirit.
The MTWS appreciates the services of our show juror, MTWS Signature Member Carol McSweeney who selected our three prize winners.
Carol was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to the West shortly after her college graduation. She resided in Montana full-time for more than 30 years, and now divides her time between Scottsdale, Arizona, and Flathead Valley, Montana. Carol’s formal training and first careers were in the fields of education, psychology and counseling, and her fascination with the human spirit is clearly reflected in the intimate figurative paintings that she creates.
In The Groove
Young Rodeo Clown
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