Karen Tanner jokes that she’s on a fishing kick right now.
It’s not that she’s catching them, but painting trout swirling in the Missouri and Madison rivers where she prefers to observe them. Ten of her new fish paintings will be part of the holiday art show at the Frame Hut and Gallery, opening with a reception on Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. The holiday show, featuring more than 30 artists, will be up through the end of December.
Tanner will have a variety of sizes from 14-inch-by-14 inch works in her royalty series where the fish have crowns made out of fishing flies, to 30-inch-by-40 inch paintings of fish circling each other. Some pieces have elaborate frames and others are frameless to show the painted edges of the canvases.
After teaching many years in Hamilton and Seely Lake, and for the last 10 years at Senior High School, Tanner is retired and painting full time in her home studio in Billings. She and another retired Senior High teacher, Carolyn Thayer, get together at least twice a month to critique each other’s work. They also show their works together at the Frame Hut.
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!