• 23 1/2 degrees North

    This triptych will be part of an installation at an upcoming show at Visions West Contemporary in Denver. inspired by the summer equinox and glow of the night sky around the solstice: 23 1/2 degrees North (Midnight), carbonized graphite & encaustic on wood, 12"x56"x4"


    Equinoxes are determined by the earth's axial tilt of 23 1/2 degrees which causes the magnetic north pole to "wobble" in a slow circle around the north pole of the ecliptic True North as the earth spins and revolves around the sun. The position of the equinoxes moves slightly every year against the background of stars located in the band of sky defined on earth by the Tropic of Cancer at 23 1/2 degrees north (of the equator).





  • totem

    this commission is being delivered to friesen gallery in sun valley: "Totem II", 8"x60"x4", carbonized graphite & encaustic on handmade wood panels. i enjoyed working in the rich earth tones.


  • blood moon

    phenomenal experiences like watching the recent Super-moon Total Lunar Eclipse - or Blood Moon - have a profound effect on my work. i do feel the synergistic whole of the "overview effect".

    the Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts, while viewing the earth from orbit, or from the lunar surface, and refers to the experience of seeing the reality of the Earth in space - which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void", shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.

    apollo 14 astronaut, edgar mitchell said that the sensation gave him a profound sense of connectedness, with a feeling of bliss and timelessness. he was overwhelmed by the experience and became profoundly aware that each and every atom in the universe was connected in some way, and on seeing earth from space he had an understanding that all the humans, animals and systems were a part of the same thing, a synergistic whole. it was an interconnected euphoria. by ian o'neill

  • sun valley gallery!

    i am thrilled to announce that friesen gallery in sun valley is representing my work in idaho.

    friesen gallery exclusively exhibits contemporary artwork. here's a link to my work at the gallery now: http://friesengallery.com/artists/209/suzanne-truman/


  • 23 1/2 degrees north

    summer solstice is here! here's a new painting reflecting on the color & light this time of year.


  • between the lines

    street view of some of my work in, "between the lines", a showing of new & recent work w/ralph wiegmann at visions west gallery in denver. the center, dark segmented drawing is ralph's. 



  • every other

    here's another gallery shot. from L to R: the 1st and 3rd pieces are mine, the other two are ralph's. the center between my black & "white" diptych glows orange, as do the backs of the line of blocks.


  • another view

    "between the lines", new & recent work w/ralph wiegmann @ visions west gallery - denver.


  • down the line

    my diptych, "expanse (black & white)", carbonized graphite & encaustic on wood, w/ralph's painting. (further down the wall from previous image posted.)



  • denver art walk

    tomorrow, i'm driving to denver to deliver new work to visions west gallery for first friday art walk. i will have 11 pieces showing in the front gallery along w/ralph wigmann's work. stop by the gallery if you're in town: 6-9pm,1715 wazee street, downtown. below: "expanse III (back fade)". 


  • recliner | reclined

    today i'm heading to butte, mt - a.k.a. butte, america - to see "recliner reclined", a show of some of my students' powerful work at the imagine butte resource center, 68 w. park st. map: https://www.here.com/directions/drive/:error/Imagine-Butte-Resource-Center:46.012576,-112.537032?map=46.01258,-112.53703,17,traffic&x=ep

  • spiral jetty

    last week's pilgrimage to robert smithson's spiral jetty on the north shore of great salt lake.


  • cadillac ranch

    cadillac ranch today. amarillo, tx


  • ozymandias

    ozymandias, amarillo, tx. "egyptian" legs conceived by prankster stanley marsh. lightin mcduff, sculptor. 




  • TX show

    this installation shot shows some of ralph wiegmann's and my work at our gallery in TX: the Cerulean Gallery, which was our Dallas gallery, but is now based in amarillo, TX. we had a great time at our opening there!


  • painted desert project

    drove back from an az new year through the navajo nation and got to check out the painted desert project murals. see more at: http://jetsonorama.net/the-painted-desert-project/


  • conceptual | emerging | experimental

    the other side, an exhibition featuring emerging, conceptual & experimental artists' work at the danforth gallery this friday during the livingston art walk. livingston, mt. reception: 7/25, 5-8pm. 


  • henry real bird

    henry real bird, mt poet laurette and crow nation tribal member, will speak at 6:30pm during the opening of "the other side" exhibition of emerging, experimental & conceptual artwork, this friday @ the danforth gallery during the livingston art walk. please drop by. henry is a captivating speaker with a great sense of humor!


  • forget me not

    veteran/artist, jesse albrecht will be showing his installation, "forget me not", in "the other side" exhibition at the danforth gallery that claire sands baker and i curated. this friday. livingston art walk.


  • orb

  • berlin

    if you're in berlin within the next month, don't miss rollin beamish's show, palliative measures @ greusslich contemporary. 5/24 - 6/28: 

    "can socially critical art change something or does it only serve as relief from a sense of unease about our environment? the art of rollin beamish is in a difficult position because it is a reflection of cultural discourse. the problem, however, is that the art is both a critique of cultural discourse and a product of this discourse.how can we break this circle? can this art change from a palliative measure to an actual agent of change and can art uphold this assertion?" [read more: www.greusslich-contemporary.de]

  • cinco de mayo


  • earth day

    the "overview effect" is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts, often while viewing the earth from orbit or from the lunar surface and refers to the experience of seeing the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void", shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. from space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot"become imperative.

    apollo 14 astronaut, edgar mitchell said that the sensation gave him a profound sense of connectedness, with a feeling of bliss and timelessness. he was overwhelmed by the experience and became profoundly aware that each and every atom in the universe was connected in some way, and on seeing earth from space he had an understanding that all the humans, animals and systems were a part of the same thing, a synergistic whole. it was an interconnected euphoria. Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/14455/the-human-brain-in-space-euphoria-and-the-overview-effect-experienced-by-astronauts/#ixzz31tmWL800, by ian o'neill

  • moment|movement

    this is the last week of my show, moment|movement,  in denver w/ralph wiegmann, @ visions west gallery, downtown.

  • workshop for teachers

    last weekend, i had the privilege of working with a group of inspiring art teachers who participated in the intensive encaustics workshop i taught at lubrecht experimental station. MAEA sponsored the workshop and the teachers received credit for the course through the university of montana-western. here are a few pics:

  • irrigation

    shea butter & irrigation system "nourish" the viewer @ the MCA - denver, in rashid johnson's exhibition/installation, new growth. some of the shea butter dripped onto the floor and i rubbed in on my hands. a physical connection to a powerful installation.

  • new growth

    i was fortunate to see rashid johnson's installation @ the MCA - museum of contemporary art, which opened the night following my opening in denver. the huge blocks of shea butter scented the atmosphere. here's a detail of heavy, dark, burned and carved imagery. see below for MCA's write up.

    "In Rashid Johnson: New Growth, the artist works with personally and historically loaded material such as shea butter and black soap, combining it with LP covers and books in complex paintings, sculptures and installations. His works challenge conventional representations of collective identity. Beginning with the question, “What would happen if Sun Ra, George Washington Carver and Robert Smithson started a community together in the desert?” New Growth's playful scrutiny intertwines cosmology and escapism in an attempt to blur the lines separating past, present and future.

    The physical manipulation of biomaterial into an abstract, aestheticized form is a concept that runs through all of the works in the exhibition. Johnson references the ongoing transformation of both bodies and landscapes, and the identities embedded within them. New Growth features newly commissioned works including the video Samuel in Space and the Shea Butter Irrigation System. Works in wax, burned wood, tile and mirror, as well as brass chairs, wood chairs and rugs round out the exhibition."

  • moment . movement

    an installation view of my work on the left wall as you enter the gallery. with ralph wiegmann @ visions west gallery - denver.

  • down the wall

    view further down the wall

  • looking back

  • view back

    looking into back room. 2 of ralph's banded paintings in background.
  • back gallery

    ralph's paintings in foreground. my row of 6 encaustic boxes in background: states of matter.

  • installation view

    nook view of some of my work as you walk towards back gallery

  • little stones, big drawings

    two of ralph's floating stone drawings in the front gallery

  • (solid/fluid)

    suspension ii (solid/fluid), encaustic on panel is hanging in our moment.movement show @ visions west gallery - denver.
  • happy valentine's

  • glow

    detail of recurrence

  • collaboration

    ralph & i collaborated on a series. blocks cut from reclaimed timber: coated with beeswax, resin, burnt graphite; back glows orange, floats off the wall and mounted with magnets.

  • item falls

  • save the date: 2/20!

    my show with ralph wiegmann in denver will be thursday, february 20th, @ visions west gallery.

  • msu iAir installation

    revisiting installation shots of pod bay door, a multi-media installation w/msu students and iAir, jan christensen:

  • Happy New Year!

    happy new year, all! i spent one new year's eve here after the wall came down. 2014-year of the blue horse.

  • winter solstice

    happy winter solstice. celebrating the darkest day here at the 45th parallel for tomorrow the days grow longer.

  • black and blue

    Ok, it's not the best snapshot but i'm into the lush quality of this graphite over blue encaustic series i just completed.

  • lapis skies

    while home in arizona, i was fortunate to meet and share some time with the visionary inlay artist, jesse monongye, at his home studio.

  • painted desert project

  • studio work

    studio work in progress for my show w/ralph wiegmann at visions west in denver, opening february 13th.

  • montana nations

    went to see the montana nations exhibition at the danforth gallery in livingston. here's the witty easy rider poster (peter fonda lives down the road in paradise valley) created by native artist and co-curator ben pease:

  • students' work

    here are 9 snapshots of recent work from my beginning painting students at MSU.


  • ash

    "ash: 4 cotton, 6 sedges, 12 gal. H2o", is in a group show opening this week at tart, in the emerson cultural center. the shows's theme is "invasive paper" - using paper made from invasive plant species found in montana and classified as "noxious weeds". through my frustrations with trying to work on the very fibrous and dark handmade paper, i began burning it. in turn i used the ashes in this new encaustic piece for the grey and black pigments.

  • student work

    here's a shot of my beginning painting students' work from early in the semester. the focus of this project was mixing and using chromatic grays, using a strong tonal range, maintaining subtle detail in the blacks, and creating an interesting composition with foreground, mid and background.


  • i have a dream

  • neighborhood

    artwork by visiting kids in the neighborhood.

  • danforth gallery

    picked up my triptych today from the "legacy" show at the danforth gallery in livingston.                                                  

  • livingston art walk

    i have a triptych in the legacy show at the danforth gallery in livingston, montana. opening for art walk this friday. works are by artists that exhibited at the danforth early in their careers. when i was an undergrad my experimental photography (large scale manipulated polaroids) was in the show "four women four non-traditional mediums", curated by audrey hall. my paintings have been shown at the danforth several times since.

  • in denver

    wild abandon and conscious captivity @ visions west denver. work by friend & neighbor peter smuts. 

  • dashboard shot

    shooting from the passenger seat. i like the way the windshield crack appears near the white cross. on the way to a show at turman larison contemporary.

  • paint by numbers

    bing crosby visits yellowstone, one of willem volkersz's neon pieces at turman larison contemproary.

  • opening tonight

    willem volkersz: short stories @ turman larison contemporary in helena, mt. 5pm artist talk. 6-8pm reception. willem is using neon again and i'm looking forward to seeing it.

  • small works

    i have some paintings in turman larison contemporary's current exhibition. if you're in helena, check out the show: 337 last chance gulch. up 'til june 8th.

  • zihuatanejo

    street art painting, zihuatanejo. shot during my recent travels in mexico.

  • schlotzhauer

    traveled home from mexico and l.a. via portland, oregon where my former painting prof, harold schlotzhauer, has a show @ the portland art museum. if you're in the area, check out his vivid and dynamic work. up until july 14. here's the p.a.m. write-up: using a complex system of digital imaging and hand-painting, harold schlotzhauer emblazons surfboards, snowboards, skateboard decks, and kites with dynamic pop imagery. having spent his formative years in california and now living and working in bozeman, mt., schlotzhauer’s love of water and snow sports energizes this eclectic presentation of works. no matter what shape or surface he chooses to work on, a mastery of formal compositional elements can be seen throughout. drawing from influences as diverse as japanese block printing, asian & american comic book imagery, & picasso’s synthetic cubism, schlotzhauer produces works of stunning originality.

  • no speak americano

  • clap your hands

  • light & shadow

    shimmer across my studio wall. the split-tone is an anomaly generated by my phone camera.

  • the filler

    tracy bone & j.c. campbell tonight @the filling station, bozeman, mt. more info on the award winning artists: 

    http://www.ourstage.com/profile/jccampbell;  http://www.ourstage.com/epk/tracybone

  • shout across time

    a shout across time is part of the celebrating einstein week-long event: learn more about einstein and experience the world of relativity and gravitational waves. the night will feature a multimedia music performance featuring dancers, a live orchestra combined with gravitational wave sounds, and an original film that will include the scientific visualization of black hole collisions and gravitational waves. a shout across time will be streaming live on the montana PBS website. friday april 5 & saturday april 6, 7pm. emerson center for the arts and culture, free public event.

  • act 1

    act 1: a shout across time, part of the celebrating einstein event, features headwaters dance company, presenting a "danced" lecture on the gravitational waves generated by black holes and groundbreaking advances in the devices used to detect them.  this folds into "epic," a dance inspired by the orbits of black holes, featuring five dancers and a former cirque-de-soleil aerialist.  in "epic," dancers roll and run, turn and leap beneath a luminescent, flying figure, who spins and swings to the space music of john murphy.

  • a shout across time

    act 2. live interview with physicist jim Gates on friday, april 5, and with bernard schutz on saturday, April 6th. celebrating einstein organizer nico yunes conducts a live interview with one of the world’s experts on einstein’s theories.  the questions have been chosen by members of the celebrating einstein collaboration, which includes students and professors across many disciplines.  topics will range from einstein’s theories to philosophical questions about the meaning of success and the role of science in our culture.  friday’s show will include an interview with professor jim gates from the university of maryland, and saturday’s interview will be with professor bernard schutz from the albert einstein institute.

    act 3. live symphony orchestra & original film.

  • celebrating einstein

  • celebrating einstein

    celebrating einstein is a multidisciplinary outreach event centered around communicating the beauty and significance of einstein's theory to the general public. this event will be one of the first in the nation to celebrate the centennial anniversary of general relativity. celebrating einstein will culminate in events the first week of april of 2013 in bozeman, montana @ the emerson cultural center. all events are free and open to the public with seating available on a first come, first served basis. more info: http://www.einstein.montana.edu/index.html

  • installation

    golden surplus, mfa thesis exhibition by katie brown explores the ideology of farming. ceramic slab construction and feed corn installation questions overproduction in contemporary agri-­business and reflects on overuse of corn in the american food system. @ msu hec gallery, 4/1-4/7. reception: 4/4, 6:30-8:30pm

  • tonight

    forever more than once: thesis exhibition by david peters @ the msu hec gallery. reception: 6:30-8:30. show up until 3/29.

  • in-process

    white-on-white work in progress. i'm taking a break from encaustic work in sets & on boxes, and am working in oil w/cold wax medium on canvas. here's three of six.

  • TEDx Bozeman

    i am volunteering for TEDx bozeman: dreamers who do. live stream or attend the TEDx talks this friday, 3/22 from 12:30-5:50pm @ the commons on baxter lane and love. more info: http://www.tedxbozeman.com/

  • second sight

    interactive multi-media event by chris holten for his mfa sculpture/installation thesis exhibition second sight: continuum. hec gallery, msu school of art, 3/18-22. reception: 3/21, 6:30-8:30. 

  • hall art

    snapshot of another work from my painting 1 class, by gunnar p. mixed-media on sheet rock installed on hallway wall. 

  • mixed-media

    piece by gunnar p. - from my painting 1 class last fall.

  • mfa

    thesis exhibition of lively mixed-media paintings by jessica mongeon. drift ascend @ msu's school of art - hec gallery. reception: thursday, 3/7, 6:30-8:30pm. check out more of jess's work on her web site: jessicamongeon.com

  • quote

    by david foster wallace (1962-2008), who's birthday is today:  "postmodern irony and cynicism's become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what's wrong, because they'll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. irony's gone from liberating to enslaving. ... the postmodern founders' patricidal work was great, but patricide produces orphans, and no amount of revelry can make up for the fact that writers my age have been literary orphans throughout our formative years."

  • hold on

  • willem volkerz

    sculptural exhibition based on memories of the holocaust opening tonight @ the jessie wilbur gallery in the emerson cultural center; in conjunction w/participating msu faculty lobby exhibition, "from memory". bozeman, mt.

  • jerry iverson

    large-scale paintings will remain up in the weaver room @ the emerson cultural center until 2/28/. below: nerve block 45

  • last day

    to see work by jon lodge, jane deschner @ the emerson cultuarl center in bozeman. lodge's,"SEQUENCE & PROGRESSION: eleven triptychs" is on display in the emerson's lobby gallery. deschner's work is in the wilber gallery & jerry iverson's (up 'til 2/28) in the weaver room.

    jon lodge is a master of transforming the sound environment into eccentric visual statements akin to kinesthesia. he re-purposes materials from our ever-consuming culture, combines disparate objects and gives them new life as unique abstractions. lodge is attracted to working in a series, as evidenced by his current show featuring eleven wall hung triptychs. "fragmenting or expanding a work into multiples imbeds the work with a sense of evolution through the passing of time; this process resembles the experience of listening to or performing music, which is a source of inspiration in my work."

  • roots music

    alialujah choir opened for & performed some songs w/portland cello project tonight. here's one of their more heartbreaking (in a good way) songs w/a compelling artistic video.


  • portland cello project

    played reynolds recital hall @ msu tonight w/patti king. great acoustics & moving show, including covers  from beck's "beck hansen song reader". 

    earlier recording w/patti king in spokane

  • i have a dream

  • visiting artist

    video and installation artist, barry anderson, will give a presentation about his work tomorrow, monday, 1/14 @ 5:30pm in 215 cheever hall @ montana state university. open to the public.

  • exhibition

    if you didn't get to view ralph wiegmann's and my work in the holiday exhibitions at visions west gallery in bozeman or denver you can still see our work until the end january. below is a detail of states of matter, my relief series consisting of seven panels - oil, wax, pigment, graphite & resin on handmade wooden boxes. as always, shadows play an important role in my relief work (unfortunately, this wall is too textured).

  • birthday

    my grandmother has passed, but i am remembering her today. her birthday. here's her passport photo as a young woman. grannynettte, age 19:

  • vinci

    here's a lively mark vinci piece i saw at gebert contemporary in scottsdale, az before the new year. distracted driving, 60"x60", billboard on paper. i'm looking forward to showing my students working in collage painting his work.

  • az art

    went to az over new years. saw some good work at gebert contemporary in scottsdale. below; painting by andrea joki:

  • sprawl

    the giant baby (isn't that vierd), formerly near my family's farm in waddell, az, is gone. that suburban wall in the background was the beginning of that end.

  • 2013

    happy new year. !feliz ano!

    tom ferris photo. shot in montana.

  • beginning painting

    student work, final project by jennifer r. portrait of grandmother, with keat's poem ode to a grecian urn.

  • student work

    from my intermediate drawing class, by will w.

  • denver

    some of my new work @ visions west - denver: states of matter, beeswax, pigment, graphite and resin on handmade wood panels. in the rocky mountains - and beyond - water comes in many forms. liquid, solid, gas and plasma exist as rain, snow, sleet, hail, groppel, ice, frost, hoarfrost, icebergs, glaciers, powder, boiler plate, rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, oceans, seas. la mer. while working on this series, i was also thinking about sea kayaking with icebergs in s.e. alaska and swimming in seas of the same color that are much further south. in the 1st, one could die within minutes if they fell in the water. in the other, you could spend all day in the water. 

  • opening

    i have new work in exhibitions at visions west galleries in bozeman & denver. bozeman opening saturday december 1st for christmas stroll, 4-8pm, 34 w. main, downtown bozeman. below: sextet, beeswax, pigment, graphite & resin on handmade wood panels.

  • balance

  • happy thanksgiving

  • your vote mattered

  • portraits

    beginning with underpainting, my painting 1 students just completed expressive self-portraits. last weekend @ the milwaukee art museum, i was fortunate to see rembrandt's self portrait; a true masterpiece.

  • m.a.m.

    robert irwin, milwaukee art museum. shadows play an important role in my work. i am always inspired seeing robert irwin's light & shadow play.

  • flow

    an artful way of slowing traffic, perhaps.

  • faculty show

    partial view of current faculty exhibition, "gathered thoughts". from left to right: jeffery conger - graphic design, josh deweese - ceramics, (hanging sculpture) denise riebe - 3D, me - painting & drawing, ralph wiegmann- drawing, suka warhub - printmaking. can you tell that ralph & i are dipping into the same paint box? (metaphorically).

  • gathered thoughts

  • migration

  • waits/baldessari

  • wind river range

    i hiked w/friends through the big rock country over the long weekend
  • the winds

  • wiley

  • summer heat

  • pole vault

    london olympics banksy commentary


  • march forth

    last night @ pine creek cafe outside of livingston in paradise valley.

  • horse enters race

  • tour

  • kraftwerk/MOMA

  • martincic & pintz

    saw the kristen martincic & joseph pintz exhibition @ turman larison contemporary in helena, mt on fri. i am always moved by kristen's work. here is an exert from her artist statement about it: "I push the boundaries of privacy and expose vulnerability by examining what typically lies hidden beneath the surface.  In my prints, sculpture, and installations, garments become a surrogate for the human form, hovering between skin and clothing, intimacy and exposure.  My artwork uses subtle hints of awkwardness and longing to communicate the honesty and beauty of everyday moments, and to make the viewer keenly aware of their own sense of self."

  • transit

    this is my snapshot of the transit of venus yesterday. we projected the image of the sun - with the dark spot of venus traveling across - through a pair of binoculars (using just one side) onto a piece of white paper, then photographed it around 5pm. the shot isn't as dramatic as nasa's but it was fun do project the event in real time.

  • more az art

    gebert contemporary in scottsdale, along w/bentley gallery and lisa sette gallery, always have strong artwork. here's a mike weber piece from his show @ gebert.

  • triennial

    richard notkin's powerful, last syllable, ceramic wall piece in the missoula art museum's montana triennial.

  • triennial

    went to missoula art museum's opening for the montana triennial friday night. this painting of ralph's, sequent # 2, was in the missoulian article about the exhibition.

  • arizona

    phoenix art museum installation by peter wegner: made from 1.4 million pieces of recycled colored paper mounted on two sides of the same wall. this is the sunshine side of guillotine of sunshine, guillotine of shade:

  • king snake

    the non-venomous king snake is a constrictor that eats rodents and rattlesnakes. more r's & r's seem to be pushed onto the family farm in waddell, az since urban sprawl is eating their habitat. check out matthew moore's work about urban sprawl in the area: http://www.urbanplough.com/

  • matt moore

    went to the phoenix art museum while in az to see matt moore's recent exhibition, the land grew quiet, about urban sprawl and the loss of farmland, particularly his family's farm in waddell, arizona, nearby where my grandparents farmed citrus and where i am from.

  • cinco de mayo

  • dorworth


  • pina

    bozeman film festival presents pina, a film for pina bausch by wem wenders, april 23 @ 6:30 & 8:45. details/tickets @ BFF: http://www.bozemanfilmfestival.org/

  • wim wenders

    photographs @ deichtorhallen 4/14 - 8/5 in hamburg @ the falckenberg collection.

  • butte, america

    wem wenders photographs opened @ deichtorhallen in hamburg 4/14. below is his street corner, butte, montana, shot in butte while filming don't come knocking in 2003.

  • el anantsui

  • art 21

  • bicycle cafe

    in the spirit of classic french cafe art, and having worked with many artists/bicycle enthusiasts, paul budnitz (budnitz bicycles) created an on-line bicycle art gallery. here's one of the new posters:

  • budnitz bicycles

  • TEDx

    tomorrow, fri. 3/23: bozeman's 1st TED talks @ the emerson cultural center (sold out). stream live @: www.tedxbozeman.com/event/live/. viewing events: bozeman public library & linfield hall on the msu campus.

  • sound suit

    nick cave sound suits @ the new (11/11) crystal museum in arkansas.

  • art walk

    bozeman art walk tonight. be sure to check out pamela caughey's installation @ the jesse wilbur gallery in the emerson cultural center. homeland security below, confiscated pocket knives:

  • biophilia

  • bbd

    bare bait dance - downtown dance collective's artist in residence - innovative performance @ 7pm: missoula art museum. tomorrow, first friday art walk, 5-8pm.

  • sze

    ny artist, sarah sze - known for her site specific installation art made from everyday objects - will represent the u.s. @ the 2013 venice biennial.

  • umbrella project

  • over the river

    cristo & jean claude's over the river project has been delayed again - from projected 2013 installation to 2015 - due to potential environmental impact issues w/the anti-project group r.o.a.r. the project would be a 2 week display in the bighorn sheep canyon section of the arkansas river in colorado, and entails 6 miles of 8 suspended panels of billowy silver fabric.

  • an adventure in the arts

    tonight i went to the preview exhibition of an adventure in the arts at the museum of the rockies. on loan from the guild hall museum, this collection represents famous artists from long island's east end neighborhood. included in the show are andy warhol, willem & elaine de kooning, jackson pollack, robert motherwell, chuck close, and david salle. go see the exhibition if you can: @ the m.o.r. until may. here's a copy of phillip glass by chuck close, on handmade paper:

  • brae days

    exhibition of archie brae foundation resident artists @ the exit gallery, in the msu sub, opens @ 5pm tonight. lectures & demonstrations in the school of art ceramics studio all day. the lightest of its kind: evocative clay sculpture covered in human hair, by lindsay pichaske:

  • fat tuesday

  • m.o.r.

    an adventure in the arts, an exhibition of 73 pieces by 60 artists of the 20th century, opens @ the museum of the rockies today and runs runs may 13th. courtesy of the guild hall museum in east hampton ny. i'm taking my drawing class to the show. more info on the museum or the collection: http://www.a-r-t.com/guildhall/

  • karl haendel

    los angeles based drawing installation artist, karl haendel, will be giving a presentation @ 6:30 tonight in 215 cheever hall on the msu campus. i'm psyched to be going with my representational drawing class.

  • zamba lando

  • pecha kucha

    inspiring event @ the historic ellen theater last night began with michael newhouse's witty presentation - read it and weep: adventures in bad typography. pecha kucha (sounds like chit-chat in japanese) was created by a tokyo architectural firm in 2003 and has grown to about 450 cities around the world. more info: facebook at pecha-kucha-bozeman or pechakuchabozeman@gmail.com

  • year of the dragon

    chinese new year begins today. celebrations continue until 2/6 this year. the year of the dragon symbolizes power, strength & good luck. may the force be with you.

  • repurposed

    an installation by 2010 msu grad, brittany watkins, @ the exit gallery in msu's strand union bldg., rm. 212. watkins was published in international sculpture magazine, october 2011. on view 1/23 - 2/3. reception: 1/25, 5-7pm

  • work wall

    the previous post's pic reminds me of my friend kellyann burns studio work wall. it's also the opening shot for her web site. check it out. she's an amazing and prolific painter working in the can factory in nyc: http://www.kellyannburns.com/

  • ellsworth

    great shot and write-up about ellsworth kelly in the ny times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/arts/design/ellsworth-kelly-explorer-of-shape-line-and-color.html?pagewanted=all

  • i have a dream

  • muse

    while in jackson hole over the weekend, i was fortunate to see bernd haussman's large & luscious painting, "1344 untitled (my secret work)", 60" x 96", mixed-media on canvas @ the tayloe pigett gallery (formerly muse gallery). last winter i saw some of haussmann's edgy paintings, with slick resin-like surface on aluminum, in scottsdale. more info:  http://www.jhmusegallery.com/

  • a happy new year!

  • !feliz ano!

    cheers to an inspiring, fulfilling & healthy 2012!

  • inside out

    JR's TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/jr_s_ted_prize_wish_use_art_to_turn_the_world_inside_out.html

  • fishman

  • sugar plum

  • happy holidays

  • k pop

    korean (south) k pop

  • new rule?

    speaking of uniformity. kim jong il died yesterday. this is his army.

  • installation

    cornelia parker's chalk rocks installation, "edge of england", is one of my favorite things to see @ the mam. i didn't get a good picture though. here is another beauty from frith street gallery in london: "cold dark matter".

  • yue painting

    "symbolic smile" painting by yue minjun w/yue in foreground. 

  • yue minjun

    alternate view of "chinese warriors"@ the mam.

  • warriors

    yue minjun's chinese warriors in milwaukee art museum's long hallway. you can see the beautiful play of light in the santiago calatrava designed space. yue minjun's warriors are repeated images of himself with "symbolic smiles" that are mindlessly happy in their uniformity. compliant citizens of an absurd army convey "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".

  • interior view

    milwaukee art museum, view over looking the lake as you enter

  • mam

    back home from mke. whenever i am in milwaukke i visit the milwaukke art museum. the santiago calatrava stucture is fabulous.

  • big sky film fest

    congratulations! big sky documentary film festival received a $10,000 grant from the academy of motion picture arts to support special programming @ their 9th annual film festival (feb 17-26, missoula, mt). more info: http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/

  • give thanks

  • vik muniz

    check out muniz's TED talk on youtube, as well.

  • wasteland

  • heard it on the radio

  • "western"

    by greg miller. i picked up his catalog for "notorious" while in california @ caldwell snyder gallery. his work has inspired some of my drawing students' layering/mixed-media projects. "notorious" opens tomorrow, 11/12, at campton gallery in NYC. exhibition continues through 11/30/2011.

  • adele

    heal well.

  • balmer

    got to see some paul balmer paintings @ caldwell snyder gallery. 

  • roadside attraction

    roadtrip thru northern california to install a show at humboldt state u in arcata.

  • gallery view

    HSU museum studies students helped install our show. here's will after completing the installation of "ripple":

  • hsu

    partial gallery view of our show

  • my opening

    w/ralph wiegmann @ reese bullen gallery, humboldt state university, arcata, ca. oct 20 - nov 17. opening reception: thursday 10/20, 4:30 - 6:30pm

  • layout

  • layout I

  • snapshot

    studio snapshot of my "sequent" series for an upcoming exhibition:

  • exquisite design

    exceptional quality. paul's latest endeavor: budnitz bicycles. not for the feint of heart.

  • b & w installation

    by esther stocker. very cool.


  • yolanda be cool

    Yolanda Be Cool - We No Speak Americano (Video edit by Pink louder)YouTube - 

    vocal sample from Tu Vuo Fa L Americano

  • kinetic sculpture

    gary bates, bozeman sculpture park, behind the public library.

  • R.E.M.

    3 decades and still relevant, R.E.M. calls it quits.

  • lecture

    last night, msu visiting artist pitiwat somthai, spoke about his prints, sculpture & installations. his work is philosophical, reflects upon life cycle, mind/body, exchange of energy, buddhist teachings, and encourages viewers to examine their personal feelings through the artwork. he will work w/msu students to create an installation that "moves a mountain" into the copeland gallery.

  • visiting artist

    msu school of art visiting artist, pitiwat somthai - from burapha university in thailand - will be here until oct 22nd. 

  • tetons

    backpacking in the tetons with friends over labor day weekend was good for the soul.

  • soul food

    ralph heading down the trail. still lots of flowers in the high country after a very wet spring. inspiring palette.

  • sculpture park

    site plan for the bozeman sculpture park, which opens tomorrow. more info: http://www.bozemansculpturepark.org/

  • bozeman sculpture park

    opens tomorrow, celebration & ice cream social 10am - 2pm, dedication @ 11:00: behind the bozeman public library. tracy linder sculpture @ the south end of the park: 

  • kim uchiyama

    sent this closing exhibition announcement for "rotation", the group show she's in @ lohin-geduld gallery in NYC. closing reception: thursday 8/25, 5-7pm. 

  • back in the studio

    getting ready for a show at humboldt state university in october. expanding a series, drawing on walls, and working on a 5' x5' companion piece to this painting (from the visions west show this summer):

  • backyard movie night

    some friends host an annual summer event: backyard movie night. shown on the former rialto theater's large movie screen, last night's viewing was under a full moon & was served up w/popcorn, movie candy and a red rum bevvie, complete w/red vine straws.

  • ahn trio

    under a big rising moon last night, the ahn trio played an outdoor concert in big sky. persieds meteor showers showered. beautiful night. beautiful music. angela ahn lives in bozeman and teaches viloin in the musci dept @ msu. the trio plays a number of pieces written by composer kenji bunch. those were my favorite pieces. though i did love hearing their cover of the doors' riders in the storm.

  • portland cello project

    played @ peach street studios (great acoustics) in bozeman recently.

  • missoula art museum

    went to missoula last weekend for 3 friends' birthday celebration. also enjoyed the farmers market at the riverfront park then strolled to the missoula art museum to see wendy red star's exhibition, "home is where my tipi sits". i particularly appreciated viewing red star's video inside her lodge. the image below, "spring", however, is from PDX gallery in portland.

  • pat hoffman

    "polar opposites", ceramic installation by pat hoffman @ the missoula art museum.

  • open studios

    tucson artist, bill mackey, featured @ the mercantile 'first friday'/open studios in the misco mill, friday, augus 5th, 601 e. cottonwood, n.e. bozeman's 'blight' zone.

  • go gabby!

    to great surprise and enormous emotional relief, gabrielle giffords appeared on the house floor last night to cast her vote in the debt ceiling debacle. that's our arizona gal!


  • soulful singer

  • kulka sculpture

    gabriel kulka "robots". see more of kulka's work @ the "human nature" exhibition @ turman larison contemporary, & http://www.gabrielkulka.com

  • r.i.p

    we've lost the beautiful & talented amy winehouse through addiction. she was 27 years old. its not romantic. its tragic.

  • go cadel!

    australia's 34 year old cadel evans wins the best tour de france in recent (& not-so-recent) memory. former mountain bike racer, and 2x world cup mountain bike winner, cadel is the 1st aussie, and the eldest, tour de france winner since wwII.

  • kulka, haykin opening

    went to the gabriel kulka & michael haykin opening @ turman larison contempory in helena last night. strong & sensitive work, as always. here's a little kulka sculpture from their "human nature" exhibition, "stars & spider eggs":

  • kulka, haykin opening

    michael haykin's "boulder river", 36" x 48", oil on canvas, in the "human nature" exhibition w/gabriel kulka @ turman larison contemporary. 7/22 - 8/20, 2011

  • slaustiano

    "peacetime", 60" x 78" @ frederic boloix fine art in ketchum. salustiano's reds are amazing & intense. they play tricks on my eye.

  • art center site

    looking up through a patrick dougherty installation on site & future site of the new sun valley center for the arts. dougherty used cut willow and all natural materials harvested from local land. i saw a windswept installation of his years back at the boise art museum. check out more of his work @:www.stickworth.net

  • geared:

    the culture of bicycles.  sun valley center for the arts, ketchum, id. "through this multidisciplinary project, the center celebrates the bicycle in all its forms and uses – as a means of transportation, a vehicle for recreation, and also a site for innovation in design and engineering – a place where craft and industry intersect. an exhibition in ketchum features work by contemporary artists exploring bicycles as aesthetic objects, economic tools and essential means of transport. it also includes a selection of custom and historic bicycles – bikes made using the finest design, craftsmanship and materials."  artists: lisa auerbach, margarita cabrera, Dzine, katina huston, dinh q. le.  bike makers: ahearne cycles, hufnagel cycles, schwinn.

    katina huston: book (second light), 24" x24", ink on mylar.

  • bikes & art

    spent a long weekend in ketchum & sun valley: saw strong contemporary artwork, ate sushi, took a long hike, heard a piano performance in the sun valley pavilion, watched friends race in the mountain bike cross-country national championships & got to see georgia gould win the pro women's national x-c championship. (lea davidson won 2nd, katie compton 3rd, heather irminger 4th, kelli emmett 5th/final podium spot). here's a pic of georgia coming down the "rock waterfall". its much steeper than it appears.

    photo credit: trailwatch.net

  • big sky big clouds

    big timber, montana. tom ferris photo from 4th of july weekend.

  • little clouds

    untitled cy twombly painting

  • big sky

    over the iverson ranch. big timber, montana.

  • visions west

    last day of the "montana avant garde" exhibition @ visions west gallery w/painters ted waddell, arin waddell, ralph wiegmann & will pope. here's one of my oils in the show, 48" x48":

  • goodbye cy twombly

  • cy

  • addio

    cy twombley

    cy twombley gallery in houston. cy w/ "say goodbye, cattulus, to the shores of asia minor"

  • 4th of July

  • sometimes its good to feel small

  • hole in the middle

    my friend paul has a new book. a kids book that big people will appreciate too.

  • steve girard blog

    recent nyu film school grad steve girard send me a link to his blog: http://stevieeatsworms.tumblr.com/, he's posting a drawing a day:


  • overthrown

    more ceramics events. when i deliver some of my paintings to visions west gallery in denver i'll get to see the "overthrown: clay without limits" exhibition @ the denver art museum. on view until sept 18.

  • chris antemann

    2010 archie brae foundation visiting artist, chris antemann, is also one of the 7 artists in the contemporary northwest art awards exhibition @ the portland art museum. here's a detail of one of her bacchanalian feasts:

    "feast of impropriety"

  • archie brae foundation

    "from the center to the edge": celebrating 60 years of creativity & innovation @ the archie brae, helena, mt. june 23 - 25, 2011. jun kaneko keynote speaker. closing w/the brickyard bash. i was fortunate enough to walk amongst kaneko's large sculptural heads @ gerald peters gallery in dallas (before peters closed his most contemporary gallery. he still has locations in santa fe & ny).  

  • notkin, takamori, weiser

    in conjunction with the archie brae celebration @ turman larison contemporary: richard notkin, akio takamori & kurt weiser. helena, mt jun 23 - july 16. reception: jun 23, 7 - 10pm.

  • congratulations

    john grade, seattle based installation artist, is the winner of the arlene schnitzer prize, awarded last night at the portland art museum's "contemporary northwest art awards" ceremony. view more of grade's site work @: http://www.johngrade.com/projects

  • c.n.a.a.

    jerry iverson - friend, philosopher, farmer, artist - is in the 2nd "contemporary northwest art awards" at the portland art museum jun 11 - sep 11, 2011. one of 7 artists will receive a $10,000 award @ the reception this sat jun 18, 6-9pm. the 7 artists are: chris antemann, john buck, john grade, jerry iverson, susie lee, megan murphy & michelle ross.

    jerry iverson, nerve block #39, sumi ink on papers on canvas, 79" x 78"

  • opening tonight

    bozeman art walk tonight. i have work in the "rural montana avant garde" exhibition @ visions west. 6-8 pm, downtown bozeman. ted waddell is in the show. here's an image of his painting:

  • big sky youth empowerment project

    last year i volunteered for BYEP. this year's 10th anniversary spring run off fundraiser is tomorrow night @ the emerson cultural center. i'll be at our visions west gallery opening, but you can do both. more info about this effective organization w/low overhead, or for the fundraiser to help support at-risk youth, visit: http://www.byep.org/aboutUS


  • art walk

    five of my pieces will be in the "montana rural avant grade" exhibition @ visions west in bozeman. opening for art walk, this friday, 6 - 8pm. exhibition: 6.10.11 - 7.8.11.

  • cole morgan

    here are some cole morgan paintings. i'll get to see some of his work at gail severn in ketchum this summer and then san francisco in the fall. morgan lives and works in antwerp. his surfaces are exquisite, his paint handling masterful, and his imagery magical. the previous aerial boat shot reminded me of his paintings.

  • aerial view

    this shot from the recent issue of surfer's journal reminds me of a cole morgan painting.

  • gil scott-heron

    fare the well

    if you haven't heard it, listen to gil scott-heron's "i'm new here", released last year.  it'll will break your heart.

  • cow poke

    its a long drive across nebraska.

  • now and here

    what i really would liked to have seen while in kansas city was the "america: now and here" installation at leedy-voulkos art center. the brain-child of eric fischl is a "cross-country journey of art & ideas w/some of america's most celebrated visual artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers". beginning in kansas city, up thru may 28th, 11am-7pm wednesday - saturday.

  • kc

    cool print from kansas city's arts, entertainment, events calendar, etc: pitch.com

  • kansas city

    on the way home from our recent road trip to missouri to get my mom's sweet little horse property ready for sale we stopped in kansas city. unfortunately, it was a monday, so we missed seeing the art in the crossroads area galleries, but there's lots of street art & good coffee in KC.

  • exhibition closing

      "sequent", my show w/ralph wiegmann closes today. you can still check it out @ turman larison contemporary on last chance gulch in helena, mt. open until 4:00pm saturdays & by appointment: 406.443.0340.  here's another gallery view of the show:


  • close up

    a closer view of 2 of ralph's paintings @ turman larison contemporary. one of mine is in the middle.

  • turman larison contemporary

    another view of ralph wiegmann's & my show show at turman larison contemporary: "sequent", on view thru may 21st.

  • caribe series, I - XI

    full view of my "caribe series, i-xi", encaustic on panel, varying height X 144"L x 3.5"d @ turman larison contemporary in helena, mt. thru may 21.

  • tropical meridius, III

    another piece in the turman larison contemporary show, helena, mt. encaustic on panel, 24" x24" x3.5"

  • yum

    my diptych in the "sequent" show at turman larison contemporary. encaustic on panel, 8"h x 20"w x 3.5"d

  • uno dos tres

    one of my triptychs @ turman larison contemporary in helena, mt. the show, "sequent", w/ralph wiegmann is up thru saturday, may 21st.

  • ralph wiegmann @ TLC

    some of ralph's & my work @ turman larison contemporary in helena thru may 21.

  • TLC show

    image from my show w/ralph wiegmann @ turman larison contemporay in Helena, mt. thru may 21st.

  • turman larison contemporary

    front window display of ralph wiegmann paintings.

  • road trip

    wyoming jackalope

  • feliz cinco de mayo

  • bomb snow magazine

    all of bomb snow's covers are rad but this is my all-time fav. cover art from this winter season by stefan hofmann, who lives in bali, has a clothing, design biz, & blog. check it out @: http://www.spacecraftcollective.com. todd heath started bomb snow & was in my advanced drawing class some years back, along w/other  creative co-operatives of the "unplug corporates media malarkey" crew: DZ, ryan wilson, kate, josh apple. live large.


  • totem

    one of my triptychs in "sequent"- my show w/ralph wiegmann. totem: 52"h x 15"w x 3.5"d, encaustic on handmade panels. @ turman larison contemporary in helena, montana until may 21.  http://www.turmanlarisoncontemporary.com

  • broad comedy

    the best of the broads, hosted by pulitzer-prize winning columnist (and katie's mom) ellen goodman. its smart, timely, uproarious, and a little-bit-bawdy. its the end of april and still snowing in montana, for some comic relief come down to the emerson cultural center, bozeman, mt. 4/28/11 - 4/30/11. 8pm  http://www.broadcomedy.com

  • bunny rabbits

    not the easter bunny. dancing hares by mike nelson: "foxtrot", mixed-media on wood, 15"x15".  we saw this piece in santa fe a while ago at chiaroscuro gallery - now gebert contemporary. 

  • "transported"

    ralph wiegmann painting currently in our show "sequent" @ turman larison contemporary in helena, mt. "transported", 36" x 54", oil on canvas.

  • exhibition reminder

  • opening reception this friday

  • domestic neon

    "home on the range" by willem volkersz - neon artist & msu school of art professor/chair emeritus - is part of his upcoming "domestic neon" exhibition @ flagstaff cultural partners in flagstaff, az. this installation includes neon and kittchy travel souvenirs to tell stories of his boyhood, emigration, travel and life in the west. learn more: http://willemvolkersz.com/

    reception: may 28, 6-8pm.  talk: may 28, 6:30pm.  show: june 1 - july 30

  • from matzah to morels

    new york girl moves to montana, writes a blog, one of my favs. by friend & neighbor, brooke green: matzahtomorels.blogspot.com. check it out. you'll laugh, you'll weep, you'll discover secret recipes. latest entry: 'the shiksa'.

  • get i.design

    inspired design by ixtla vaughan: www.getidesign.com. ixtla is also part of the dynamic team teaching graphic design at montana state university's school of art.

  • scala & kolacny brothers

    many resonate voices as one unique voice: belgian girls choir conducted by stijn kolacny & accompanied on piano by steven kolacny.

  • strandbeasts

    see more animated work by this dutch artist @ http://www.strandbeasts.com

  • save the date

    ralph & i have a show in three weeks @ turman larison contemporary, in helena: "sequent", april 22 - may 21. reception: friday, april 22, 6-9pm.  downtown, around the corner from the holter art museum.

  • jose parla

    i love jose parla's streetwise lyrical paintings. this piece feels so ephemeral to me. like i just want to be there and experience it before it dissipates. thank you paul budnitz for enlightening me. see more of jose's work: http://www.joseparla.com/

  • jeanette

    my mother's brother, uncle bruce, lives in australia & sent this passport photo of my grandmother at age 19: jeanette. grannynette. e.j. too bad i didn't inherit her dark skin and wavy hair!

  • april hale

    msu graduate student, april hale, thesis exhibition. "nature of the human animal", copeland gallery, in msu school of art, march 21 - 25. reception: thursday, march 24, 7-9pm.

  • vernal equinox

    rocky mountain spring, "scobey", by tom ferris, from his barnyard series. 


  • alison

    alison truman. alison L. truman. alison linda truman nee redner. my mom. she had a big heart. 6.23.1937 - 3.9.2011

    cameback inn, scottsdale, az. circa 1965

  • warm ocean

    after our 12th (!) extreme weather event i am dreaming of swimming in warm salty seas. this panel is from a recent series: 31"x31"x3", encaustic on panel, 12/2010. 

  • roz mortimer films

    wow. last night @ msu, roz mortimer, london based multi-media artist & filmmaker - and msu school of film & photography visiting artist - showed some of her acclaimed short films + invisible: a beautiful, thought-provoking & hypnotic journey through the arctic. roz pushes the boundaries of documentary. for more info check out: http://www.wonder-dog.co.uk/invisible

  • happy valentine's

  • film festival

    check out the big sky documentary film festival february 11 - 20, missoula, mt. its world class.  http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/

  • egypt celebrates!

    power to the people! 

  • cathryn mallory

    really looking forward to seeing cathryn mallory's large sculptural exhibition, "adorned constraint", @ the holter art museum in helena. cathryn & i had a show together @ the cordell taylor gallery in salt lake city in 1998. Her provocative new work explores how dress & adornment define social structure, ritual & identity: jan 21 - april 15.

  • winter storm

    i was traveling in the mid-west during the big winter storm - wow! here it is moving northeast.

  • venus

    southeast arizona road trip - copper king hotel bar mural.

  • sunset

    classic arizona sunset as we came out from hiking in the chiricahuas. this s.e. arizona roadtrip is fueling my new body of work for a show @ turman-larison contemporary w/ralph wiegmann, opening april, 22nd.

  • borderland

    we stayed @ the slaughter ranch - for 1800's owner, sheriff john slaughter - on the az/border. it was formerly called the san bernadino ranch and is part of the san bernadino national wildlife refuge. Great birdwatching. the ranch was 65,000 acres and has a large natural spring feeding the pond you can see in this photo. amazing oasis in the sonoran desert border country.


  • wall art

    bisbee, arizona - a contemporary version of "homeland security since 1492" 


  • borderland

    standing on the border near douglas, arizona. the tall walls of fencing you may hear about are only near towns and border crossings.

  • tucson memorial

    over the MLK weekend, we paid homage to the tucson shooting victims at the memorial outside the hospital where gabrielle giffords was miraculously recovering. (she was transferred to a texas traumatic brain injury hospital yesterday). there were 14 others wounded. six were killed. those victims are:  gabe zimmerman, 30, former social worker/giffords' aid;  christina green, age 9;  pastor dorwin stoddard, 76;  us district judge john roll, 63;  dorothy murray, 76;  phyllis scheck, 79. 

  • scottsdale art

    i admire bernd haussmann's fluid, layered, paintings and was fortunate to see his show in az. another favorite artist, collage painter fausto fernandez, also had work at gebert comtemporary on main street in scottsdale: http://www.gebertartaz.com/. haussmann image above; fernandez below:


  • i have a dream

  • waddell, az

    this is an image of earth art work that matthew moore created in waddell, az - which is where i am originally from and where i am heading for the long weekend. waddell is west of phoenix, below the white tanks mountains, and was entirely desert and farmland. in recent years it has been succumbing to urban sprawl. moore grew the crops and plowed this farm field into the shape of the proposed subdivision. to see more of moore's work about encroaching development, check out: http://www.urbanplough.com/

  • buon anno series

    here's a shot of the commissioned series i completed & shipped out just before the new year: "buon anno, I - VI", encaustic on panel, 101"w x 66"h x 3"d. it was inspired by the desert southwest (where i am from and where it will live) and mediterranean colors (places i was dreaming of this past november and december). i would have posted the pic sooner, but my photographer/ friend just had twins - mia and august.

  • goodbye tree

    solomon said goodbye to our christmas tree last weekend. that's dick dorworth's new book next to him, the perfect turn.

  • munny

    ralph's drawing on a kidrobot munny for the gallatin valley skate park "munnyraiser" last year: http://gallatinvalleyskatepark.com/munny-raiser/

  • mast show - philly

    msu professor, and encaustic artist, sara mast exhibition: "as above, so below", january 9 - 30 @ the rosenfeld gallery, 113 arch street, philadelphia, pa. ph: 215.922.1376. opening reception: sunday, january 9th, noon - 5pm.

  • home!

    it dropped in fall '09 but i was still listening to it all of 2010. still a fav...home! 

  • mini study

    seaside. 5" x 5", encaustic on wood mini

  • new years eve ski

    we spent new years eve at a cabin with dear friends...ate delicious tacos, watched fireworks from the campfire, and brought in the new year with champagne and dancing to michael jackson and 80's - 90's hip-hop. it was just what i needed after many weeks of solitary hours in the studio working on a big commission. here's an ian kellett snapshot of ralph and david quammen out for a late ski & tromp.

  • happy new year!

    shot at the iversons' ranch

  • tom ferris photo

    tom ferris stopped by christmas day. here's a pic of his "northern border collies". those are the real deal in the background, sam & francis.

  • layering

    refining final layers on the 6-panel commission: 31h" x 31w" x 3d" each panel.

  • the national

    a favorite song from 2010

  • baile de manos

  • happy holidays

  • more layers

    refining layers on the 6-panel series commission

  • nouvelle vague

  • layering

    details of work-in-progress

  • my drawing class

    self-portraits from jen & sadee in my representational drawing class @ msu. 

  • my drawing class

    some final project drawings from sam & lexi in my representational drawing class/art 238 @ msu. students could include imaginative elements with representational elements. they were asked to use a strong tonal range and address the full picture plane to create a sense of foreground, middle-ground, and background, with or without the use of a horizon line. receding and/or overlapping elements add to the sense of depth.

  • BK

    william wrather keshishian. a song for you

  • holiday show

    i have a little triptych in the turman-larison contemporary holiday show. 

  • imagine john lennon

  • more layering

    early processing: developing surface, color & design

  • my drawing class

    graphic novel style work from film student, louie, in my representational drawing class 

  • kelly ann burns

    new work from my friend kelly ann burns in nyc. her studio is in the can factory in brooklyn. see more @: http://www.kellyannburns.com/

  • layering

    early in the additive & subtractive process of developing layers:


  • new work in process

    i am psyched to be working on an installation of six 31" x 31" x 3" panels. here's a pic from the early stages:

  • poindexters - amelie film

    billy cositgan of poindexters, high-end audio/video, showed off their meyers sounds system @ the emerson cultural center theatre last night featuring the lovely & quirky french film, amelie. if i had a list it would be on my top ten.

  • storyboards-cpfilms

    ralph wiegmann (my sweetie) working on storyboards with filmmaker extraordinaire chris patterson for an extreme shoot in the alps: where andy west and dave barlia flew off the north face of the eiger in "squirrel suits" and did barrel rolls. see more of patterson's directing & camera work @: http://www.cponlocation.blogspot.com/


  • fall work-in-progress

    the boxes on the floor are being worked on now too

  • broad comedy

    bozeman's own broad comedy, all new show @ the emerson cultural center 11/18 - 11/20, 8pm, tickets: cactus records or  www.broadcomedy.com/ 

    "tearing it up from new york to l.a., from caroline's comedy club on broadway to showtime's comedy series the green room...katie goodman and her troupe perform high-energy in-your-face musical satire and sketch comedy." 

  • my drawing class

    beautiful drawing by jen moorehead from my representational drawing class @ msu

  • recent shows - summer 2010

    Solo Exhibition: Color & Light" @ Ecce Gallery in the Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT. Exhibition: August 12- September 26. Opening Reception: Thursday, August 12, 5-8pm.

    Turman Larison Contemporary, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, June 18 - July10. Opening Reception: Friday, June 18, 5-8pm. Helena, MT

    Holter Art Museum, "Double Vision: partners in art", w/Ralph Wiegmann, www.ralphwiegmann.com, (& other artist couples). Helena, MT. Exhibition: May 1 - June 30. Opening Reception: May 7, 5:30 - 8:00pm.

    Danforth Gallery, curated by ShackUp Design/Stephanie Sandston. Exhibition: June 24 - July 10. Opening Recption: June 24, 5-8pm. Livingston, MT

    See earlier Blog posts below for more detials & pics


  • blackalicious - pray for snow

    tonight: avalaunch's pray for snow party w/blackalicous, black & main street, bozeman, mt. be there

  • my msu drawing class

    work from my representational drawing/art 238 students, focusing on representation w/layers & surface detail to create a sense of foreground/middle-ground/background without use of a ground-plane or horizon line:


  • exquisite corpse

    a collaborative art, language & performance project. friday, nov 5, baxter ballroom, bozeman, mt

  • happy halloween

  • good bye pod bay door exhibition

    partial view of pod bay door installation: a collaboration w/msu students & jan christensen @ msu's copeland gallery in the school of art

  • mini study

    # I of III, 5" x5" x 1.5", encaustic on ply

  • powder blast this friday

    backcountry enthusiasts, powder hounds, snow bunnies & extreme fiends, come support the gallatin avalanche center - they save your hide.

  • rave on: m. ward w/zooey deschanel

  • yellowstone bison film - tonight

    doug hawes-davis, friend & founder of the big sky documentary film festival, will be over from missoula to show his high plains film about yellowstone bison management, tonight @ the emerson cultural center, 111 s. grand, bozeman, mt, wednesday, oct 27, 7pm. 

  • prefuse 73

  • Lesley Dill installations

    nancy sent a link to: lesleydill.net. i got to see her work in dallas. current exhibition: "hell hell hell/ heaven heaven heaven: encountering sister gertrude morgan, & revelation", oct 2 - nov 27 @ arthur roger gallery, new orleans. Pic below: "rise", 2006-07,  20'x50' x6':


  • Jan Christensen opening @ MSU

    Norwegian installation artist Jan Christensen @ MSU. Collabrative Installation by 2010 Artist in Residence Jan Christensen and MSU students at Helen E. Copeland Gallery. Copeland Gallery is in Hanyes Hall, MSU School of Art. ph: 406.994.2562. Exhibition: Oct 11 – Oct 28.    Recption: Thursady, October 21st, 7 – 9pm.

    Norwegian installation artist, Jan Christensen’s, work consists mostly of big installations for exhibitions and site-specific projects. Most of his work is wall drawing and painting; it is carefully planned out and sketched with a computer before it is meticulously carried out on location. Jan uses a wide scope of visual references in his work from architectural plans to iconic imagery from pop culture. Christensen’s website is www.janchristensen.org; or you can learn more about his work through the Gerhardsen-Gerner Gallery in Berlin, www.gerhardsengerner.com which represents him.

    Still More Titles for Which I Don't Know What to Make, 2009. Stadtische Gallery, Lenbachhaus & Munich, GER


  • work from my friend nancy manter

    nancy sent "Huellas # 2", mixed-media on aluminum, 30" x 48".  www.dmcontemporary.com in NYC, or www.nancymanter.com

  • mini study - lime & drips

    mini study - lime & drips, 5"x5"x1.5", encaustic on ply #2 of 3

  • i'm a fan - katina huston: "dissemble"

    ink on mylar, 50" x45" @ davidson galleries, seattle. http://www.katinahuston.com

  • mini study - plaid

    5"x 5" x 1.5" encaustic on ply

  • Mario Gamper presentation @ MSU

       Mario Gamper, art director from Berlin, spoke with Ixtla Vaughan's design class @ MSU last night. Fun & inspiring presentation. Mario: "I love turning ideas into reality. I also like creating places where people get to do their best work."  He lives in Berlin and his Areas of Expertise: Brand Experience, Advertising, Marketing, Interactive, Online, Print, Film. Skills: Clarifying, Improving, Writing, Thinking.

    Check out Mario's interactive site: http://gamper.carbonmade.com/projects/2120862 & current project: http://www.ideaswilltravel.com

  • Farewell Solomon Burke

  • mini study #40

    encaustic study on ply, 3.75" x 3.75" x 1.5"

  • paul budnitz has a new book

    kidrobot Paul Budnitz has a new book: I AM PLASTIC TOO. we miss you in montana, paul!

  • mini study- blue orb

    5"x5"x1.5" encaustic on ply






  • Ecce Gallery exhibition

    "Color & Light" solo exhibition @ Ecce Gallery in the Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT. Exhibition dates: August 12 - September 26. Opening reception: Thursday August 12th, 5-8pm.

  • ralph wiegamnn's drawing series

    here's a pic of my sweetie's recent drawing. you can see more @: www.ralphwiegmann.com

  • Kim Uchiyama exhibition NYC

    my friend Kim sent her recent show announcement. we were at the VCCA artist residency together this time last year. viewing a grouping of her work all together is soothingly mesmerizing: http://kimuchiyama.com/

     Kim Uchiyama paintings: "Archaeo" @ Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY, NY  531 W. 25 Street  New York, NY                                     Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 -6:00      September 8 - October 9        Reception: Saturday, Sept 11, 6 - 8pm


    Kim Uchiyama, Site
    Kim Uchiyama 

    Lohin Geduld Gallery
  • studio, work-in-progress

    documenting work-in-progress. panel on left changed to aqua-blue after this pic:


  • mini study- red dots

     5"x5" x1.5", encaustic on ply

  • gil scott-heron: i'm new here

  • soul food-inspiration

    backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains


     Nature offers a myriad of sensations and awakens a sense of discovery when one is “exploring” their surroundings. Colors and textures inspire a lyrical essence of story. Being absorbed in my surroundings elicits a sense of wonder. Robin’s egg blue sky, indigo nights, aqua seas, red rock canyons; vermilion, azure, sienna, and viridian patinas of lichen covered rocks - These visual and emotional experiences inform my paintings. Thus, the exterior landscape fuels my interior landscape (psyche, mind’s eye, soul).

  • Danforth Gallery exhibition

    "Spring Thaw", curated by ShackUp Design/Stephanie Sandston. Exhibition: June 24- July 20. Opening reception for Livingston Art Walk, June 24th, 5 - 8pm. Here is a gallery view of my "Color & Light, I" series on the back wall, w/Gabriel Kulka's wall sculptures and drawings, and Teresa Kessler's tables in foreground.

  • my work installed in cool prefab

    cool prefab compound on site in the Ruby Valley w/some of my work. prefab by ShackUp Design & Medicine Hat, inc.

  • Turman-Larison Contemporary exhibition

    10th Anniversary Exhibition, June 18th - July 10th. Opening Reception: Friday, June 18th 5-8pm, Helen, MT. my "Triadic Light" triptych hangs gallery right of Doug Turman's painting from Italy.

  • soul food

    inspirational trip down the san juan river with friends

  • Opening at Holter Art Museum

     The Holter Art Museum's "Double Vision: partners in art" opening had a great turnout.  Here are some pictures.


  • News/Magazine Article

    Western Art & Architecture featured my artwork in their section: Illuminations, ones to watch. click link for the 2 page article:



  • Exhibitions

    DOUBLE VISION: partners in art
    Suzanne Truman + Ralph Wiegmann/ John Buck + Deborah Butterfield/ Vaughan Judge + Kate Jo/ Jennifer Bottomly O’looney + Doug O’looney/ Josh DeWeese +Rosie Wynkoop/ Phoebe Toland + Richard Notkin/ Jackie Bread + Nathan Bread/ Sara Mast + Terry Karson/ Robert Royhl + Gesine Janzen/ Bruce Park + Genise Park/ Jay Schmidt + Kathy Schmidt/ Tina DeWeese + Tom Thornton/ Steve Glueckert + Bev Beck Glueckert/ Hal Schlotzhauer + Mary Ann Kelly/ Monte Dolack + Mary Beth Percival/ Brandon Reintjes + Alison Reintjes/ Jon Lodge + Jane Waggoner Deschner/ Elizabeth Bass + Rick Bass/ Dean Adams + Shannon Williams/ Dale Livezey + Amy Brakeman/ Richard Swanson + Penny Price Swanson

    Exhibition: May 1- June 30, 2010
    Opening Reception: May 7, 5:30-8:30pm
    12 E. Lawerence
    Helena, MT 59601

  • Open Studio

    snapshot of guests @ Open Studio night.

  • Awards, Residencies

    Award: LEAW Foundation Fellowship for a fully funded one-month residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (www.VCCA.com), September 2009. Here is a snapshot of my VCCA studio installations-in-progress w/viewer: 

  • Opening at Cerulean

    Had a great time in Dallas. Here are photos from my opening @ Ceruelan.


  • Turman Larison Contemporay exhibition

    Tom Ferris, Jim Madden & Suzanne Truman exhibition, Feburary 2008. My 9-panel series is pictured on floating back wall.

  • cerulean gallery opening

    cerulean gallery opening in dallas.

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