Cloud Shadows, 2014. Graphite & oil on art board. The Pattee Canyon Ladies' Salon annual show will be held at Gallery 709 in Montana Art & Framing. 709 Ronan Street in Missoula. The exhibition in this spacious venue runs from September 4-October 23rd. For gallery hours and other information, please call (406) 541-7100.
As a narrative painter my objective is to present the essential elements of a story: a character or two, a sense of place and time, a moment of connection, tension or reflection. I seek figures, symbols and scenarios that are both personally compelling and socially relevant. With careful measures of clarity and ambiguity, I hope to create imaginative space for viewers to bring their own perspectives and experiences into the tale. One of my supreme joys is hearing stories that arise in response to the paintings.
Thematically I am concerned with traditions, stereotypes and myths that shape identity as well as relationships to home and family, to work, community and place. I explore these with equal interest in the actual and the metaphorical, striving always to combine convincing naturalism with provocative symbolism.