Ed Gillenwater grew up on a dryland farm in the panhandle of Texas and later the high plains of eastern New Mexico. It’s a landscape one generation removed from the great dust bowl, so he learned to treasure every tree, shelterbelt and shaded creek bottom. When he first saw the lush farm land of the Flathead Valley with the surrounding lakes and mountains, he knew he had found the closest place to heaven on earth. After a 30 year career writing and producing business films for major corporations, Ed has moved to live full time in the Bigfork area, and is finally able to focus his artistic energies on his love of nature and Montana. While his education in advertising and marketing did include a couple of drawing classes early on, and his career field was one that emphasized strong visual design, Ed suggests that most of what he knows about painting, photography and woodworking has come from hard earned experience and the generous sharing of artist friends and colleagues.