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Shelle Lindholm

Shelle Lindholm “paints animals with attitude.” Recent influences of her work include vintage Mexican pottery and textiles. Her studio is nestled at the edge of the woods, not far from Kalispell, Montana.

Press Release

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is providing Montana artists the opportunity to display their work in the lobby of the Secretary of State’s office in the historic Capitol building in Helena. The exhibit will be rotated throughout the year in order to give artists from all over the state this special opportunity. The Secretary of State encourages the public to visit our office and view the “Treasured” Montana Artist Exhibit at their leisure.

See some of the artists from past exhibits:

Treasured Montana Artist Statement

“Direct observation of wildlife provides me with plenty of inspiration.  I’ve seen fox flirting on snow banks, deer playing rowdy games of tag in the meadow, and heard coyotes having late night yodeling fests up the hill.  I paint the spirit and spunk I see in animals as they root, romp and rest just outside my studio door.

My primitive painting style has developed through years of exploring the versatile medium of acrylics.  I usually have an idea in mind and a list of colors gleaned from the local surroundings. The acrylics are layered. Wax is sandwiched in between.  Excavation of the layers is done by scraping and sanding. Colors Merge. Shapes appear.  Rock like textures surface.  Compositions are honed through various techniques such as masking, taping or etching into wet paint. A satiny patina of hand rubbed paste wax creates a durable finish to the piece.

My paintings reflect the rugged elegance of the West and express the enchanting pleasures of living here.”

Blue Moose
Sunny Pine Sleepy Pine

Greased Lightning

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Moon Shiners
Footloose and Fancy Free 
Puddle Jumpers
Winter Wapiti