First Friday November 4th, 2011

JOAN B. MASON   grew up in upstate New York, received a bachelors degree in Fine Art from Michigan State University and has resided in the west since 1962.  She has taught painting and drawing and has had many one person and group shows over the years.  She currently resides in St. Ignatius where she and her husband have a cattle ranch and raise and train Border Collies.  Her work can be seen at the Grey Wolf Gallery in Bozeman; the Hangin Art Gallery in Arlee; the Red Poppy in Ronan; and in her studio in St. Ignatius.  Contact her at 406 745 3375 or

“Beauty is the sensation of pleasure on the mind of the seer”
Robert Henri

I have long been interested in exploring the relationship of perception, emotion and spirit, and how these are filtered through our human connections and experiences to be distilled into creative activity. Artist-theorist Max Bill believed that art was the medium that makes thought visible. As a result, I have learned to not only look outward as I paint, but to also look inwardly at the mind/heart processes as the joy is expressed in line and color and texture.

It is a fascinating journey from the beginning of the seed of discovery to a not-yet-determined final flower. The traveling of the journey is the important thing…and not the product of that journey. Art is not a thing but an act… an act of passion. Creation is a verb must be in motion for it to happen. I hope that through my work, it will be evident what my life has been, what it is, and, in the end it is the prediction of where I am going. Please join me on that journey of joy!

Joan Mason