Dennis Farris had been meaning to get to Montana for decades. As a professional artist, his portfolio was rich in iconic imagery from across the American West but was missing the profound blue skies and mountainous peaks unique to the Treasure State.
After picturing Montana in his mind for years, it wasn’t until Dennis set up his easel along the Continental Divide last fall that he realized how powerful the place truly was. Dennis found his muse in the marine blue shadows of Two Medicine and drew inspiration from the golden yellows of the autumn larch trees surrounding Hidden Lake. With every brush stroke, Dennis brought Glacier National Park to life.
“You can read about a place. You can look at pictures of it. But unless you’ve been there and walked it, and felt it, it’s not the same. When you travel, you take that back with you, and it’s with you forever,” Dennis explained.
Watch Dennis’ story unfold below in Painting Glacier, the third short film in The Sky’s The Limit video series by the Montana Office of Tourism.
I like to paint things that make me go, ‘Wow,’ and Montana’s got a lot of things that make me go, 'Wow,'” Dennis said. The Last Best Place is a fertile landscape for inspiring cultural and artistic opportunities. Give your travel readers a creativity boost with these Montana-crafted experiences this fall.