Saturday, January 15, 2011

Off the beaten path...Artist Bill Ohrmann

Today the temperatures rose above freezing so we jumped in the car, popped in a Grateful Dead tape and drove to a small town called Drummond in western Montana. We headed to Bill Ohrmann's gallery just south of Drummond in the Flint Creek Valley.

Bill is 91 years old and still a working artist. When he retired from ranching at the age of 71 yrs. old he took up painting and sculpting.

Bill is a self taught artists and considers his work as Outsider art. When looking at his work you know how he feels about nature and mankind's affect on nature.

I enjoyed how he has quotes from Buddha, Kipling, Thoreau...above his paintings. Some of his work even has the quotes painted right on the canvas.

Bill said "What is in my heart when I paint a picture, is as simple as hoping we can save part of the natural world."

Bill is such an inspiration! It shows you are never to old to be creative.

If you are ever in western Montana make a point to find your way to Drummond and Bill Ohrmann's gallery.


TuckooandMooCow said...

This is fantastic work! Awesome sculptures. Crazy to think he didn't start until so far into his life. Thanks for sharing this inspirational story!


Kymali said...

What an inspiration! I was feeling old at 49...just goes to show that it is never too late. He is awesome, thank you for sharing.

Distorted Earth said...

What a great blog post! Thank you for sharing this great artist with us! Very inspiring!

Gypsy Moon Designs said...

Thanks! He is inspiring! Kymali I'm 48 an know what you mean. : )

Celtic Cat said...

Thank You for bringing this talented artist to our attention!

Anonymous said... think we could continuing doing what we love at that age. His work is truly inspirational. I love the first painting with the goat...we raised goats so they have a special place in our hearts. Beautiful post.

Kevin said...

Wow!! Really powerful sculpture. Amazing work.

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