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Janet grew up in Western Montana where she immersed herself into her surroundings. Being homeschooled she was encouraged to explore life through fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Animals were a huge part of her childhood and she started drawing them as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her love for art continued to grow and develop, but like a lot of people, she jumped into the “real” world juggling a desk job, marriage and three wonderful children. Through it all she continued to paint and develop her artistic talents entering local, online and various shows across the country. It wasn’t until well into her 40s, that balancing her life as an artist, and her “real” job completely overwhelmed her. The call to be true to who she is, (an artist) was so loud she could no longer ignore it. On June 1st 2018 she took a leap of faith, leaving her desk job to pursue her passion and calling as a full-time artist. She says: “I know that I am on this planet to create art, and share with others, nature at its finest. To help people recognize the beauty that surrounds them and to further its conservation, so that those who come after us can enjoy it as well.”
Her artistic education consists of a raw natural gift, as well as handful of local pastel, oil and sculpture workshops. From oil paintings to bronze sculpture, her love of nature and animals comes through in every piece.
Jim was born and raised in Libby, Montana, He grew up with the time and resources needed to fall in love with nature and its beauty. With the encouragement of his family to develop his artistic talents, he was able to blend his passion for the outdoors with his love for art. His firsthand experience in nature, whether it is through hiking, skiing, camping, hunting or fishing, can be seen in the details and compositions of his artwork.
Graduating from college in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree/ Art Broad Field, Jim developed his own artistic style and settled on the subjects of wildlife and landscapes. Jim drew influence from the works of artists such as Bob Kuhn, Robert Bateman, and Howard Terpning, to name a few.
Today, Jim primarily paints in oils, he also sculpts and cast work in bronze, and is currently expanding his talents to include wood, metal and stone.
James R. Buti:
It is my belief that each and every person has their own "purpose" in life, unfortunately, not everyone knows what their purpose is. Many spend their lives wondering about searching for it -without knowing what they are searching for. A few are fortunate enough to "know". I am one of these individuals, My purpose is to create. It is something that I cannot extinguish or deny, it is within me and is simply who I am.
I feel very fortunate to be one of the few who recognize the "why" and actually get to live it.
In addition, to be able to share the same purpose with my wife is the best frosting on an already beautiful cake, we are truly blessed!
I create because I HAVE to… it’s not an option, it’s like breathing, and I can’t live without it. As a “being” I am required to stop from the busyness of life so that I can simply “be”… For me that is when I can be consumed with my surroundings and nothing is distracting me from soaking in the immense beauty and mystery of the outdoors. Out of that “being” moment, I can share with others, through paint or sculpture; so they too can stop and be consumed by it. If I can stir emotion in a viewer through my artwork, I have fulfilled my purpose as a being.
Jim and Janet currently live in Livingston Montana creating original works of art.
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