109

Diane Anderson

Diane Anderson

Diane Anderson
441 11th Lane N.E.
Power, MT 59468
(406) 590-2377
c6bar@3rivers.net

Diane was born in Great Falls, Montana, October 31, 1949 to Jim and Helen Anderson.  She grew up on the family farm at Power, and graduated for Power High School.

After graduating from Saint Mary College (now Saint Mary University) in 1971 with a degree in art, she was awarded a scholarship to study in Japan for a summer.  Diane watched the first moon landing while in Japan.  After college, Diane returned home and worked for Jay Contway in his bronze foundry then moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1972 where she worked in a frame shop before going to  Prescott and back to foundry work working for such artists as Sid Burns, Don Polland, as well as Phippen Bronze and The House of Bronze.

Diane did a lot of traveling and saved enough money to build a house by a 10 acre lake on the home farm in 1980. Then she spent a winter in Lawrence, KS working as a technical illustrator to earn enough money to furnish the house.  Diane moved home for good in 1981 and took over the family farm.

Diane realized she couldn’t farm by herself, so she leased part of the farm to a cousin, but kept part of the hay ground so she could keep her hand in the farming business. She started work at Nardinger Irrigation in 1997 where she helps design center pivot irrigation systems, create cartoon ads each month, and just generally is a worker bee.

Diane is the Membership Chairman for the Western Heritage Artists which she has been a member since 1993.  Her work has been shown at the Russell Museum gift shop, Gallery 16 in Great Falls and at the Western Winds Gallery in Phillipsburg and also includes several juried shows and various winning awards over the years.

In 2006 Diane painted a tabletop buffalo for the Russell Museum Buffalo Hunt project.  In 2007 she was awarded a large buffalo to paint for the West Yellowstone Economic Development Buffalo Roam project, and in 2008 was awarded a buffalo calf for the WYED Buffalo Roam project.  The buffalos were auctioned off in August of 2009.