Clyde Aspevig ( b. 1951 )
The vanishing Montana landscape provides more than enough material for premier American landscape painter Clyde Aspevig. Aspevig has stated that the Montana terrain provides everything “from spectacular mountains to almost desert like conditions.” Aspevig went on to attend Eastern Montana College but dropped out after a year so that he could spend a winter in the Bear Paw Mountains. He did return to college and earned a degree in art education so that “I’d have a profession to fall back on”(Contemporary Western Painters, p.24). Aspevig’s diligence and dedication to his work is evidenced by the fact that he works up to ten hours a day blocking in landscapes and finishing them in the studio. He has gone on to win the Frederic Remington Award and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Awards from the Prix de West Show and Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Aspevig’s work is in the permanent collections of twenty four museums throughout the country including the Gilcrease Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the Rockwell Museum of Art.