In the course of my 40 year career as an artist I have traveled the west capturing ghost towns in my artwork. With this funding I will be able to put together a quality exhibit. My goal will be to preserve and share my experiences of my Montana memories. I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I have portrayed the mystery of the Montana and the West's ghost towns. Coming from a pioneer background with a strong mining influence, my paintings and drawings capture the memories of my Montana upbringing. I have a large collection of photographs, drawings and painting of scenes from Montana.
I became very interested in ghost towns at an early age and from, then on my art has evolved in capturing a part of our history that is fading. Much of the West's history is stored in its ghost towns. Strolling through empty streets past ruined buildings and deserted mining structures one easily realizes how hard those pioneer families had to work to survive. They built those towns their mines with pick and shovels. They built the west.
In my paintings I will capture the Montana memories of landscapes, ghost towns and old homesteads. Growing up in a time when there were numerous ghost towns I have been able to capture these in my artwork. I have had the opportunity to travel to many ghost towns throughout Montana and the West.
I'd like to complete 200 and 400 paintings, as well as fill several sketchbooks with drawings. The project will conclude with a large exhibit of the paintings from my travels. In order to do this project, I'm asking for your help in obtaining these things. The funds will help pay my expenses, supplies and materials and travel expenses, Also, I will send out promotions to galleries and anyone on my mailing list. I plan to put a selection of the artwork from this project into a book and those that donate $50 or more will receive a copy. I would like to choose 100 paintings and have An invitation to a special "backers only" preview exhibit of the finished paintings. Location of exhibit will be announced. I plan to put this project on a website for all to view. This will be a one year project begining in May 2013 and completed in June 2014.
I would appreciate it if you can help me acheive this dream by donating as little as $1, or more if you can. I am very grateful to have many wonderful friends, please send this to everyone in yours as well- I appreciate all the help I can get to make this project successful. Thanks to everyone in advance for your continued support. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have regarding my plans for the project. I will keep you updated on the project. For your donation in me see the list of exciting rewards for your pledges.
I will provide regular Kickstarter updates, I'll also update a website and a Facebook page. I'll post pictures of all of the ghost town paintings that I produce. I am looking forward hitting the ghost town trail and share my artwork with you.