Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Patsy Eckert

Patsy Eckert is a native Montanan who was born in Bozeman, Montana on June 30, 1949 where she spent her earliest years on a ranch near the small town of Ennis, Montana. Lured by the prospect of a better life, her father moved his fledgling family to Butte to join the many courageous men who mined copper for the powerful Anaconda Company. She was educated in the Butte school system and graduated from Butte High School. She later attended the Butte Vocational Technical College where she trained as a clerk/typist. In 1986, she returned with her husband, Harvey Eckert to Ennis, Montana.

From her earliest memories, Patsy's interest in art was encouraged by her mother, Norma, who urged her young daughter to draw and to paint, instilling a strong and sudden passion to perfect her craft. At the age of fourteen, Patsy purchased her first "Art Box" complete with paints, brushes and instruction book for the princely sum of $20.00. She also picked up a simple but usable easel for an additional $7.00. Thus armed with the necessary tools of the trade she took classes at Butte's now defunct "Hilltop Gallery" at the local Y.M.C.A., becoming firmly and forevermore "hooked" on a life long love of painting.

Patsy was introduced to and became proficient in the Chinese discipline of Sumi-e' painting, encouraged by a local artist and friend. She has developed her own unique style with the initial ink pourings, to applying the transparent watercolors and opaque gouache, to mounting the painting to Chinese mounting paper. Her other works include oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

She has been accepted in many juried shows such as "Copper Camp," "Montana Interpretations" and "Bright of America." Patsy is a member of the Ennis Arts Association, the Montana Miniature Art Society, and the Montana Institute of the Arts.

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