Enders Painting Inspires Poem

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sm treeEdd has paintings up at Glenn’s Food and Spirits in Livingston at 122 North Main Street in Livingston for patrons to enjoy, and all the paintings are for sale. Poet Marc Beaudin recently was inspired by Edd’s paintings there, especially his red cottonwood trees, and shared this fine poem.


Cottonwood Red
(Contemplating Edd Ender’s Paintings at Glenn’s Bar)

All his roads are going
to Somewhere called Nowhere
& you want to be traveling each one
with the windows down & the radio low

All his trees have survived
this Livingston wind
that topples semis on the Interstate
& keeps California at bay

He’s created a new color
called “cottonwood red”
that’s somewhere between
not-quite-dried crow’s blood
& the alpenglow in singing mountains
between dogwood stems in the snow
& gasoline puddles at the truckstop
between everything you desire
& everything you tried to leave behind

All his roads are skies
all his trees are stairways &
every brush stroke is loud
With the wind
of the wings
of the crow.

-Marc Beaudin
November, 2015


Fall in Montana

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Cottonwood #202 – 62 x 20″, $3,720

Fall in Montana was exceptionally long, warm and lovely. Edd is outside every day walking his dog, hunting or fishing and most importantly; observing nature and sketching scenes that inspire him. Fall is one of Edd’s favorite seasons to paint because the deep orange of the foliage is a complementary color to Montana’s big blue skies.

Edd regularly gives himself new painting challenges and puzzles to solve and this Fall he made half a dozen very narrow rectangular canvasses. He has painted them both horizontally and vertically and the narrow strictures forced him to frame and crop scenes differently. Canvases with a narrow perspective also forced Edd to create linear movement with color contrast rather than his usual roads, fences and power lines. This painting, finished the first of November, demonstrates his unique and creative variable coloring of a Cottonwood tree to create texture, depth and contrast against the slice of background hills and sky.

Edd @ The Emerson

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Cottonwood No. 198 32x48Edd Enders’ art was featured in the high-traffic lobby of the Emerson in Bozeman May through September, 2015. Edd’s vibrant paintings “Roads, Rivers, Sky” had an opening reception Friday, May 7 from 5 – 8 pm during the first Bozeman Art Walk of the Season and the work remained in the lobby through September.

All original oil paintings are for sale through the duration. Enders does no prints or copies so this is an opportunity to invest in timeless and durable original work of oil on canvas – which will last for generations – from a self-taught iconic Montana native. Yellowstone River1 24 x 48

“Inch x Inch”, April 17, 2015 Exhibit

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Red Tree #2 14 x 16

Red Tree #2 14 x 16

An exhibit of artist Edd Enders’ latest work is at Livingston’s prestigious Danforth Gallery through April 21st, with a reception on Friday the 17th at 6 pm and an open gallery day on Saturday the 18th, 2015. The title of the exhibit “Inch x Inch” is a reference to the fact that Enders builds and paints each canvas inch by inch and that the works’ fixed price was raised for the first time in years to $3.00 a square inch. A percentage of sales from this show will also benefit the Danforth Gallery, Livingston’s oldest gallery and champion of emerging and contemporary artists, a nonprofit organization that survives on donations gathered inch by inch.

 Yellowstone River Boat Ramp

Yellowstone River Boat Ramp

Livingston native Enders is a prolific painter who works nearly every day in his studio, not just painting, but handcrafting canvases. He builds canvases by stretching linen on wooden framework, impregnating them with a heated solution to protect the cloth from the caustic elements of linseed and oil paint, and often complements the work with custom built frames. This process and the materials allows light to bounce off the canvas making the paintings both luminescent and durable for decades to come. Enders makes contemporary paintings but uses age-old materials and processes. He invests a great deal of time and funds into the highest quality materials to complement the art he pours everything he has into.

Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows

Artists don’t often discuss their materials or process, or how sales make it possible for them to keep painting, but it is a ubiquitous reality. Ender’s art prices reflect the investment he makes in each painting’s highest quality materials without charging extra for his unique vision and talent. There are no prints of Enders’ work; each piece is a unique original and so their value as an art investment is only likely to increase. The Inch x Inch exhibit features many of Enders’ most popular tree images and the paintings range in size from 5 by 7 inches to 66 x 42 inches.

Cottonwood No. 198 32x48

Cottonwood No. 198 32×48

Enders has been painting the world around him, inch by inch, since 1989. “I paint human interaction with the environment; I am not interested in romanticizing the West.
While Montana has magnificent landscapes, none are without evidence of human impact,” says Enders. An avid outdoorsman who hunts, fishes, hikes and has a history as a hunting guide, wrangler and archeological surveyor, Enders is outside daily with his dog. “Every day I explore the outdoors and am struck by the visually stimulating way human imprints of roads, signs, telephone lines, fences, and vehicles intersect nature’s imagery of trees, rivers, sky, birds and the changing seasonal colors.” Painting is not just a pastime for Enders; it is his passion, his voice, his craft, his job. Here is a video walk through of the show, the colors are not accurate but it should whet your appetite to see the work in person. https://youtu.be/vGe_0op_B0o

For further information and more images of the exhibit’s paintings, contact business manager Kris King at buzzmemedia@gmail.com or 406/222-4848.

New Series of Small Work Available

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Dead Red Tree 24 x 14Edd has been busy in the studio crafting a group of small canvases withDead Blue Tree 24 x 16 custom frames and painting them with his most popular images; trees, roads and rivers as well as a new take on his signature red trees against a blue sky – he’s doing some blue trees against a red sky. The new series runs from 6 x 8″, to 7 x 14″ and a few larger ones up to 54 x 36″. All work is $3.00 per square inch to cover materials and labor. Phone 406/222-4848 to make an appointment if you are interested in purchasing work. curve in the road small 8 x 16

Fresh Work

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Edd has been busy painting all fall, taking a day off here and there to hunt – it’s been a great year for game birds – and has a host of new canvases available. His recent work focuses on a murder of crows congregating in trees, the Yellowstone river, country roads, a Livingston residential hotel, and cottonwood trees turning deep autumn orange. Many of Edd’s paintings will be displayed at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston through the winter at 106 North Main Street. Stop by or phone 406/222-4848 to make an appointment to see Edd’s latest and greatest in person.

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Two shows in Bozeman Jan-Feb 2014

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2 Edd has two shows in Bozeman from January through February 2014 you won’t want to miss! Stop by the Bozeman Public Library on East Main to see Edd’s exhibit of new paintings in the lobby area through February. The artist’s reception will be Friday evening, January 10, 6-7:30 pm. The “Movement Montana” exhibit is of unique and interpretive oil paintings depicting the fascinating, yet familiar, shape of native trees as seen through the eyes of Edd. All paintings on exhibit are for sale, with a portion benefiting the Library. The Library Foundation provides food and drink during the reception; call 582-2425 for more information. Also check outsecuredownload Edd’s work at Starky’s Authentic Americana at 24 N Tracy Ave, Bozeman, Mt 59715. All the work is for sale and in the mid-sized, mid-priced range. Big thanks to Kathy and all at Starky’s for hosting the show.