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Glacier Park II Artists of Residence
October 24 through January 9, 2003 

For the past five years, Glacier National Park has offered an artist-in-residency program,
with each participating artist donated a painting to the Park upon completion of the program.

Lizbeth Sabol 
Annapolis, Maryland
Artist in Residence Summer 1998 

Each work of art I create is another step forward in an expedition of discovery. The excitement of opening oneself up to knowledge gained through the process of venturing into previously unexplored territory - the unknown has tantalized explorers of all kinds for eons - fuels the desire to forge ahead. The importance of Glacier National Park as being the first International Peace Park, as well as its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are highly inspirational and reflect my mindset regarding our parks. A sense of place plays a prominent role in the development of my work… I have continually sought to infuse my artistic sensibilities with the inimitable direct experience of mountains. Educated at the College of William & Mary, I hold Bachelor Degrees in both Studio Fine Arts and Biology. I have always been drawn to Nature as well as the Arts. My specific focus is to create "portraits" of the mountains in stone. 

Nicholas Oberling 
Kalispell, Montana
Artist in Residence Summer 1999 

I was raised in rural New York State, but spent a great deal of my youth traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East, thanks to my academic parents' scholarly research requirements. After studying Fine Arts and Art History at Cornell University, I spent ten years at the Art Students League of New York, earning a certificate in Fine Arts Painting. Glacier National Park is the landscape that I was born to paint. In 1997, a trip to Glacier Park provided the inspiration not only for a show's worth of paintings of the magnificent landscape, but for a permanent move from New York to Montana. Montana, and especially Glacier Park struck such a chord with me that my wife and I had transplanted ourselves out here in less than a year. 

Haakon Ensign 
Kalispell, Montana
Artist in Residence Summer 2000

My goal wherever I go, whether Glacier Park or a back street in Kalispell, is to paint the magic of the place. Every place on earth has its own personality, natural cycles, and rhythms. Each place has a unique feeling embodied by the people, landscapes, and animals. It is my goal to seek out and capture what makes a place great. Glacier Park has an undeniable magic about it. It is a grand and diverse landscape with infinite possibilities.

Gregory I. McHuron 
Jackson, Wyoming 
Artist in Residence Summer 1999 

Residency at Glacier National Park: 1999 
I graduated from Oregon State University in 1968 with a Bachelor's Degree in Art as well as being schooled in Forestry and Fisheries and Wildlife. After graduating, I worked as a designer and Art Director for an interior design firm, while developing a market for my paintings. I decided to move to the Jackson, Wyoming area in 1973 to be close to the subjects I prefer to paint as I work. I prefer painting on location as much as possible as the drama and excitement which occurs all around me is difficult to re-create in a studio environment. When I paint these rapidly-changing scenes, I try to put into each of them the feelings and excitement I felt while watching the scene unfold. If I can capture that particular feeling, I know that those viewing my works will come to feel some of the emotions and excitement that motivated my wanting to record this fleeting moment. 

D. Michael McCarthy 
Sedona, Arizona 
Artist in Residence Summer 1998

My education in the arts was both academic and self-taught. I attended Washington University, St. Louis University, and Fontbonne College, aquiring a B.F.A. in painting in 1973. I did graduate work at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Before I had any degree, I was fortunate to befriend a lifelong mentor and fellow landscape painter, Charles Rhinehart, under whose tutalage I assembled my first one-man show in 1971. My work is directly inspired by the National Parks, some of the most remarkable bastions of wilderness that my artistic forbearers like Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt fought so hard to preserve. Over the years, I have made it my personal mission to visit all the spots Moran painted from, and I have worked with two different superintendents of Yellowstone National Park who granted me access to spots that Moran evidently worked from. 

Donna Jo Massie 
Canmore, Alberta 
Artist in Residence Summer 1999

Canada Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) 
Studies: Auburn University (B. Ed.) Sanford University 
For the past twenty-three years, I have lived in the Canadian Rockies, painting, hiking, and exploring the area around Canmore, Alberta. This love of the mountain environment began in my hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smokey Mountains. My families have lived there for generations, some of them receiving recognition as artists in weaving, basketry and painting. Painting the mountain landscape has been my main artistic pursuit. I have presented workshops for community, corporate, and special interest groups. Some of these workshops have been in remote backcountry huts and lodges, taking people to Lake O'Hara and Kananasakis Country. I was Artist In Residence at the Columbia Icefields. This was a unique opportunity to explore the high alpine glacier area between Banff and Jasper. 

Stephen Lawson 
Morgantown, West Virginia 
Artist in Residence Summer 2001

As an immigrant from Scotland, where I grew up in the Highlands, I have an emotional interest in your region. I read James Hunter's 1996 "Glencoe and the Indians" and of course know the Scottish locations and history that brought Angus McDonald to North America in 1838. My work happens in actual, or experienced time. Using elapsed time via photography I can only work while "there." Nothing further can be created afterwards. These images are made in cameras I have constructed by hand; some are driven by small electric motors and make but one picture per day. The works are presented in a poetic mode that hopefully causes us to reflect on our relation to 'time in the world' individually. 

Kristen Gjerdset 
Wisconsin Lutheran College 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Artist in Residence Summer 2000
Landscape is constantly being reshaped and transformed as time passes due to weather, seasonal, geological, and man-made events. American artists have left a legacy by creating a diary visualizing these ever-changing aspects as well as the lasting geographical features of this dramatic and untamed environment. It is my hope that by expressing Glacier through creative means, the aesthetic and spiritual beauty of this park today will be remembered and experienced by others tomorrow. As an artist, I find it is important to be physically present in the landscape because it equips me with experiences to create more honest and reverential works and it is spiritually renewing....In so doing, I hope to foster in others an understanding of why these lands have been set aside for safekeeping as well as inspiring others to protect the environment at a local level 

Bill and Gloria Garrison 
Russellville, Arkansas 
Artists in Residence Summer 1998

The National Parks are a great asset to our country and we would like to do what we can to help maintain them for future generations. I enter at least one painting every year in the Arts for the Parks competition. I was selected as artist-in-residence for the National Park Service at Buffalo National River. We are both members of the Arkansas League of Artists, and Arkansas Artists Registry. 
Bill Garrison 
My most noteworthy painting is my entry in the 1991 Arts for the Parks competition Deep Shadows along the Buffalo. This painting was of a couple in a canoe floating down the Buffalo River below a high bluff in a bend in the river. The majority of the painting was in "deep" shadow with sunlight striking the canoe and the gravel bar on the river. The dramatic lighting effect is what made the painting interesting. The painting was selected as one of the top 100 and so was published in that year's catalog. The painting sold at the silent auction and artist's reception in Jackson, Wyoming. More recently painted is a body of work (16 paintings) of Colorado landscapes inspired by a trip to the Maroon Bells and San Juan National Forest area. These paintings were exhibited in Russellville, Arkansas in a one-man-show. 
Gloria Garrison 
Her painting Marshmallows was selected for the Bruce Roy Anderson Award in the 26th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Exhibition. Gloria is a signature member of that organization. The painting sold at the opening of the show. The painting is an intimate portrait of "Marshmallows," a common Arkansas wildflower usually found along lake shores and marshes. Painted with transparent watercolor, the painting has a flowing luminous quality. 

Parke Goodman 
Livingston, Montana
Artist in Residence Summer 1999 

Parke Goodman holds a deep respect for the long held traditions of representational art. As a painter of Western landscapes, Goodman is strongly influenced by the Hudson River, and Rocky Mountain Schools, and artists George Innes, Alfred Bierstadt, and William Keith. His objective is not to copy what he sees, but to capture the emotion felt when witnessing nature. The result is a sensitive description of nature that could best be described as a "romantic landscape." 
Born in Iowa in 1956, Parke Goodman moved to Colorado with his family at age twelve. Upon completion of high school, he moved to Bozeman, Montana to study architecture at Montana State University. After several years of study, Goodman left to begin his search for a personal means of expression. Goodman travels throughout the Northern Rockies painting small sketches which he uses to create larger studio paintings. Once in the studio, the paintings are created slowly with many layers of paint. This technique, known as impasto, involves laying down a thick layer of paint. After allowing this layer to dry, Parke "scumbles," or drags, wet paint over the dry surface. finally, he applies glazes (thin layers of transparent paint) to give a translucent quality to his paintings. 
While technique is important, Goodman feels the final objective is the poetic portrayal of light, color, space and atmosphere creating what can be described as a symphony on canvas. "I have always considered the mountains in Glacier to be the most spectacular in the United States. As a self-taught artist, I have been a full-time oil painter since 1991. Specializing in traditional landscapes, I complete about 100 pieces a year. I cut my own boards, prepare the canvases, and build and gold leaf my own frames. I share my studio-gallery, Mordam Art, with my wife, Bonnie." 

Thomas English 
Great Falls, Montana 
Artist in Residence Summer 1999

I have spent a number of years pursuing a professional level of quality in outdoor, ("plein air") and studio. I also feel that Glacier National Park is one of the most splendid and beautiful locations on earth and I have invested many hours, days, and weeks visiting, photographing, sketching, painting, and hiking its varied terrain. It is my greatest desire to be able to capture and interpret the spirit and grandeur of Glacier National Park on my canvases both spontaneously on location, and in the studio. It is my normal method to paint small studies on site and then to reproduce some of these pieces as larger paintings using the studies as references. Lately, however, I have been doing more finished and some larger pieces on location. I am fascinated by the extreme peaks, low hanging clouds, dramatic colors, fast moving water, waterfalls, placid lakes, and infinite views that are Glacier. I currently reside in Great Falls, Mt., and as a result have been able to study many of the works of John Fery who so capably captured the magnificence of Glacier Park's valleys and peaks. I too, want to produce works of such magnitude and beauty. My work is realistic and at the same time painted in a somewhat loose and implied style so that viewed from a distance appears very real but close up contains many varied brushstrokes and very little actual detail. 

Josh Elliot 
Salem, Oregon 
Artist in Residence Summer 2000

I grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, which is fairly close to Glacier. It was from there that I took my first trip into the park in 1992. I was awe struck, to say the least. After learning to paint, and gaining more and more appreciation for the landscape, I couldn't wait to paint in Glacier. I finally got that chance in the summer of 1999. I spent a relatively short amount of time there. I was there for six days and I came away with twenty-one studies. I drew more inspiration from Glacier than any other location that I have painted so far. I am absolutely in love with the landscape in the park. Dudley Dana Missoula, Montana I was raised in Columbus, Montana, Close to Yellowstone National Park and perhaps because of the proximity and natural ties I have spent the last twenty-five years making landscape photographs in the Yellowstone area. In the last two years I have begun to passionately explore Glacier. At least twice a year I have spent concentrated time photographing particular landscapes without the intrusion of everyday life with its cares, worries, and distractions. Without exception, those times have produced the most dramatic, vivid landscapes of the year.

Joe Abbrescia 
Kalispell, Montana 
Artist in Residence Summer 1998

Joe Abbrescia studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He received the Juror's Best of Show Award at the 2002 and 1998 CM Russell Museum Show and Auction as well as Best Painting and Artist's Choice Awards at prior CMR Shows. In 1998 Abbrescia was chosen to participate in the Glacier Park Artist in Residence program and a major oil Spring's Mountain Kingdom was selected as Glacier National Park Art Collections fine art limited edition print. He received the people's choice award at the 2001 Montana Land Reliance benefit, Artist's for Open Space.
 Joe Abbrescia is recognized as one of America's most distinguished painters, and was featured in the PBS special on America's National Parks painting outside McDonald Lodge. 

Betty Billups 
Spirit Lake, Idaho 
Artist in Residence Summer 2001

Betty Billups regularly makes the trek from her home near Spirit lake, Idaho to paint in Glacier National Park. She has been an artist-in-residence there, and just can't seem to fight the allure of these vistas on "The Crown of the Continent." The Hockaday Museum's gift shop sold her recent oil paintings in a special companion exhibition to Call of the Mountains. She has a sure hand, and gorgeous eye for the character of this very special place in Northwest Montana. 

Brent Cotton 
Maui, Hawaii 
Artist in Residence Summer 2001

Brent was raised On his family's cattle ranch in Idaho. His first introduction into art was through the teaching of his grandmother, an accomplished watercolorist His interest in art continued to grow and lie was blessed with an excellent high school art teacher who encouraged him to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a successful artist. Following high school he worked as a hunting and fishing guide in Idaho. Montana, and Alaska. These experiences influenced his paintings and combined his love of the outdoors with his art. Brent has attended several workshops over the years to further his art education. He's studied with Howard Terpning, John Seery-Lester, and Jim Wilcox to name a few. He works in all types of mediums with oils being his favorite. Plein air landscape painting is his specialty. Brent spends the summer and fall months with his family in the Bitteroot valley of Montana, traveling and painting the beauty of the Northwest The winters and spring are spent on the island of Maui. offering a change of climate and scenery. 

Keith Bond 
San Antonio, Texas
Artist in Residence Summer 2002 

The West, especially her mountainous wilderness, has a special place in my heart. A place that conjures up emotions more easily conveyed through paint than words. The unscathed landscape is rapidly declining. Fortunately, there are protected places such as Glacier National Park where one can still find nature in her purest form; pristine and fresh. In such places, I often become lost in quiet contemplation and inspired to reach new heights. I find joy and satisfaction in the escape to solitude. Such places of retreat must remain available for all to enjoy. Through my art, I wish to convey my reverence for nature and my awe for the varied ways in which she manifests herself. 
Painting from life on location is the only way to accurately capture a sense of atmosphere and light. I have always used plein air painting as a means of discipline and understanding. I believe that sharing with others such insights as to why I paint what I do, how I 'see' nature, and how I transfer that inspiration to canvas, would help fulfill my objective of sharing my passion for the Western landscape with others. My hope is that what I express through paint will touch someone else's soul and bring them, if only slightly, to a better respect and appreciation for the delicate and threatened beauties found within the Park, and on a larger scale, found throughout the entire world. 

Marilynn Mallory 
Decatur, Georgia 

Artist in Residence Summer 1998

The focus of my artwork is wilderness. A hiker and backpacker, I delight in the sights, smells, and sounds of wild places and their power to restore my creative spirit. I paint both to express this love of wilderness and to share the experience with other people. My hope is that my work not only gives people pleasure, but motivates them to value and preserve wild places. Since one of my goals of my work is to showcase the diversity of American wilderness, it is important to me personally and professionally to be able to depict the rugged mountain environment of Glacier. During the school year I present a program called "The Artist in Wilderness" in schools all over Georgia. In this program I share my experiences in exploring national parks and monuments through the photographs and paintings I have made of these places. 
My objective is to provide children -- most of whom will never travel very far outside their own communities -- a glimpse of the extraordinary beauty of the lands of which they are future custodians. My hope is that by learning to appreciate this heritage, they will grow up supporting its preservation. 

Margaret Huddy 
Alexandria, Virginia 
Artist in Residence Summer 2002

I have been painting since I was 12 years old, studying at the University of the Arts and Moore College of Art, both in Philadelphia, PA where I grew up. I have worked in a great variety of media but have concentrated on watercolor landscapes for the past 36 years. Having been a military wife with no quarters large enough for a studio I painted only on location until we settled permanently in Virginia in 1980. 
I have maintained a studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a public art facility in Alexandria, VA where I paint and welcome the public. However I have continued to paint en plein air when the weather is fine as well as on my travels around the world. To me that experience enables me to remember the color of light when working in my studio as well as bringing great joy to myself as well as my students and collectors. I currently teach at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and The Art League School in Alexandria, VA. 
For the past ten years I have taken students abroad to paint in Italy, Tunisia, Ireland, and Canada. Working on location is an absolute necessity that enables me to remember the colors of the natural world when I am working photographs in the studio. I also write articles for Watercolor Magic magazine highlighting the methods I use to paint comfortably out of doors. I was an artist in residence at Frost Valley YMCA camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York state for three years. I was happy to share my work not only in a special program but was visited by the campers when I was working in the field. Wherever I paint on location I have people stop in to see how a painting develops. 

Kathy Hodge 
Warren , Rhode Island 
Artist in Residence Summer 2000

I was very excited and honored to be chosen as an artist in residence at Glacier National Park. The forces of nature have been the focus of my work for many years. The fact that the Glacier's topography was formed by the forces that created the Rocky Mountains 170 million years ago, and that the relatively recent glacial carving of these rocks has exposed layers of rock which reveal the very origins of our earth, especially draws me to this park. Snow and ice imagery has always been important in my work. In studying the history of Glacier, it is interesting to me that many of the artists who, through their work helped to preserve it, were drawn to Montana from other places: Thomas Moran from England, Winold Reiss from Munich, John Fery from Austria, and of course Charles Russell from St Louis. We are very fortunate that the park system exists and preserves the dramatic expression of the powerful forces which created the earth and continue to affect our existence. As a painter I am very grateful that opportunities exist for artists to live and work in these special places. 

Mel Crawford 
Washington, Connecticut 
Artist in Residence Summer 2000

"I have an ongoing love affair with Montana. In June of 1999, I spent a week in Glacier National Park and the surrounding area, and I was thrilled to be there. My first visit to Montana was in the early fifties. The grandeur of the mountains was spellbinding to a young fellow who had never seen real mountains, or bears or elk. Since that time it has been my ambition to paint everything I had seen on my whirlwind visit to Montana." 
Mel Crawford has lived in the Washington, Connecticut area for over 30 years. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Canada. His paintings can be found in museums and in the homes of private collectors. Crawford is a past winner of the Franklin Mint Gold Medal for watercolor and a winner of several Grumbacher Gold Medals for excellence. Collectors will remember him for the "Flags of Canada" series, the Flags of the United Nations," and the "Seals of the Fifty States" series. 
Twice a finalist in the "Arts for the Parks" competition, his entry "Summer Treasures" was chosen by Ambassador Robert Strauss to hang in the Ambassador's residence during his tenure in Moscow. Crawford's painting "Alert" won third prize in the 1994 Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Contest. In 1999, Crawford was awarded the Kent Art Association's prestigious Medal of Merit. 

Gregory William Frux 
Brooklyn, New York 
Artist in Residence Summer 2001

I had the great good fortune to visit Glacier on several brief occasions. I was impressed by the access to high alpine country, abundant wildlife and dramatic sedimentary mountains. Whenever I can, I seize the opportunity to work in nature. 
During a previous summer I took a three-month leave of absence from my job to be an artist in residence at the Center for Symbolic Studies in New Paltz, New York. During that time I produced a series of paintings about time and change -- ruins of farms, quarries, cliffs, returning forests, and abandoned mines, and a cement plant. Additionally, I have traveled extensively throughout in National Parks in the U.S. and Canada, Mexico and South America, and recently Central Asia. I always travel with a sketchbook and often my oil paints. These travel and residence related works have been exhibited in locations as diverse as NYC's Lincoln Center and the National Museum of Art, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 
My working method is simple and straightforward: I do quick and sustained drawings in pencil, charcoal and ink, and I paint with oils on small prepared canvases or panels, using a portable easel or sitting on the ground. I do less than a third of my work back in the studio, recreating from memory, using sketches and photo reference. This work style lends itself to outdoor exploration, both by car and on foot. My extensive hiking experience helps here as well. 

Dudley Dana 
Missoula, Montana 
Artist in Residence Summer 2000 

I was raised in Columbus, Montana, close to Yellowstone National Park and perhaps because of the proximity and natural ties I have spent the last twenty-five years making landscape photographs in the Yellowstone area. 
In the last two years I have begun to passionately explore Glacier. 
At least twice a year I have spent concentrated time photographing particular landscapes without the intrusion of everyday life with its cares, worries, and distractions. Without exception, those times have produced the most dramatic, vivid landscapes of the year.

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