I have been a painter for 50 years, primarily experimental with a focus on Mixed Media on gold copper and silver leaf. My work is mostly abstract but I do many image driven pieces also.
My work has a reflexed light source to it due to the leafing process. The natural morning light is very vibrant on the reds and all warm colors, low lights of the evening your seeing a very different image. I spent 17 years with the Russell auction. In 1998 I started spending my winters in Az. this was an exciting time for me creatively. The desert lights and colors had a great effect on the of changing of my color stories and process of my painting.
Color, texture and abstract storytelling: Two local artists combine their artistic vision, providing us an opportunity to reconsider the scope of Montana art today.
Pat Lambrecht-Hould and Juliane Ketcher have transformed Montana Modern Fine Art gallery, in downtown Kalispell, into a visually immersive experience. Although they work in different mediums, their work comple- ments each other and shares a similar aesthetic. Richly layered, detailed, and sensitively executed, these artists share a love of process and passionate artistic experimentation.
Pat Lambrecht-Hould’s paintings combine fluid acrylics and collage elements, offering rich saturated color, overlapping and converging into fluid organic shapes. Layers of transparency intertwine with layers of opacity, creating intriguing textures and areas of pattern. Each piece provides an opportunity to go on a visual journey, exploring details that reveal themselves the longer you examine them.
Juliane Ketcher works in fiber, skillfully utilizing a variety of techniques. Her pod shaped sculptures incorporate weaving, felting, and yarn wrapped cords that provide a dense tactile surface. By incorporating found material and personal elements, each suspended sculpture conveys a personal story. Following the lines that weave throughout each piece, the artist reveals clues, inviting the viewer to participate in a course of discovery.
Drawing on a friendship of 30 years, these two artists have created an abstract visual dialog, inviting us to take part in the conversation. Walking through the gallery door, it’s easy to to become enveloped into their collaboration. The colorful, tactile and immersive environment provides us with an opportunity to reconsider what Montana art is today.
By Heidi Marie Faessel
(Heidi Marie Faessel is an artist and designer working and living in Whitefish, Montana. She is a passionate art lover and spends much of her time thinking about creativity and its importance in our human experience. Visit her website at )