Artist of the Month

Crane Trust is pleased to announce Pat Branting as our featured artist November through January.

Pat grew up loving the outdoors along the Platte River, nearby lakes, and beautiful sandhills surrounding North Platte, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BA in education and an art minor. Moving to Bozeman, Montana in 1976, she continued to paint and be inspired by the mountains, lakes, and rivers. With her two sons, she spent countless hours over the years hiking, observing, photographing and painting the Montana landscape. The wildlife present in this setting influences much of her work. Retired from a teaching career of 34 years, she now devotes her time to painting.

She participated in workshops and classes from numerous professional artists who have helped and inspired her over the years.

Light is the key ingredient for each subject, from nature’s little treasures to majestic mountain scenes. Observing the exciting shapes and colors her paintings depict a passion of the natural world. Painting figures, landscapes, flowers, and wildlife in natural surroundings with the light creating a special mood is especially inspiring for her.

If you’d like to learn more about Pat and her work, stop by the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center’s art gallery or visit


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