Lee Tisch Bialczak captures the dynamic awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Montanan landscape. Her realistic depictions of the transformative effects of light and color in her subjects are life-affirming.
Her keen sense of observation for detail are enlivened by her reverence for nature and love of the outdoors. Her activities include kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding, primarily in Glacier National Park, which inspire her choice of subjects.
The artist paints with soft pastel and her practiced technique conveys a sense of immediacy and harmony that we feel with our natural environment. She applies the strengths of her medium to achieve rich velvety surfaces and crystal clear vibrant hues. Her application is confident and full of bravado.
Lee’s many exhibitions include those at the Hockaday Museum, in Kalispell, Montana, the “New Beginnings” on-line exhibition, Manhattan Arts International, and her artwork can be viewed at Borderpine Gallery of Great Falls, Montana., Latigo and Lace of Augusta, Montana, and “The Healing Power of Art” on-line gallery of Manhattan Arts International.
A multiple award winner, she has received numerous Judges Choice Awards in the Montana State Fair in the pastel medium, and she was awarded the People’s Choice 1st Place Award in 2016. Also in 2016, she earned a Merit Award in the “New Beginnings” on-line exhibition, with Manhattan Arts International. Lee earned the Judges Choice Award in the Western Heritage Art Show and Sale during Russell Art Week 2017. Recently, Lee was juried in to the UArt 2017 Online Pastel Show, judged by world renowned Master Pastelist Richard McKinley. As well, her art was selected and published in the Current Masters Volume 3, by World Wide Art Books, to be released late this fall, 2017. Lee participates in “The Colors of Fall Art Show and Sale”, an event presented by the Great Falls Ad Club, and she is an exhibitor in the annual Russell Art Week, also in Great Falls, Montana
Her artwork is included in numerous private art collections throughout the U.S. and it was selected into the Montana State Fair permanent collection. She has also created many commissioned works of art.
Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Lee spent much of her childhood drawing and painting her environment. Drawn to the West as an older teenager, she has called Montana her home since 1979. Lee studied arts and sciences at the University of Great Falls and Montana State University. She has attended several workshops presented by leading pastel and oil artists.
Lee is an Associate member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW), a prominent organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the profession of women’s fine art.
Since my childhood, art has been an outlet for my creative mind. The more involved I became with capturing and translating what I see for others to view, the more important this expression has become to me. From a pleasant past time to a consuming passion, my technique and my work have coalesced over my life.
A contemporary artist, I paint to capture the emotional and inspirational gift of nature. I strive to capture the essence of the landscape, wildlife and still life objects. After working with a number of media, I chose to focus on pastels, challenging me to create detailed and realistic renderings of the glories of nature. I view my own work as a “work in progress” as I continue to define and refine my own interpretations.
I find inspiration by being outdoors-on foot, horseback, or kayak. I travel frequently in northwestern Montana. I am drawn to capture the majesty and grandeur of Glacier National Park and the surrounding area, as well as the wild life inhabitants.
LEE (Tisch) BIALCZAK
1031 Hwy 431
Fairfield, Mt. 59436
Phone: (406) 868-9613
Web Site: leetischbialczak.com
~Associate of Arts Degree, Montana State University (December 2012)
~Associate of Science Degree, Montana State University (December 2012)
~84 Credits towards Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Great Falls
~Linda Tippetts – Oil Painting Plein-Air Workshop (2014)
~Steven Oiestad – Pastel Classroom & Plein-Air Workshop, through CM Russell Museum (2015)
~Nicholas Oberling – Plein-Air Oil Painting Workshop (2015)
~Carol Spurgeon Value/Composition Workshop (2015)
~Laurie Stevens – Oil Painting Workshop (2016)
~Artwork selected into the Montana State Fair Collection ~2014
~Judges Choice Montana State Fair (Pastel) ~2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
~Peoples Choice 1st Place Montana State Fair ~2016
~Merit Award, “New Beginnings” on-line exhibition ~2016
~Judges Choice Award, Western Heritage Art Show and Sale ~2017
~Arts Association of Montana Group Exhibition, Paris Gibson Square, Great Falls Mt. ~Nov 2014-April 2015
~Missouri Falls Fine Arts Show and Sale, Great Falls Mt. ~ March 2015
~Shadows of the Past; Choteau Mt. ~ Sept 2014
~Montana State Fair; Great Falls Mt. ~ July-August 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
~Hockaday Museum Summer Salon Show; Kalispell Mt. ~ Aug,-Sept. 2015
~Shadows Of The Past; Choteau Mt. ~ Sept. 2015
~Colors Of Fall; Great Falls, Mt. ~ Oct., 2015
~Hockaday Museum Winter Salon Show; Kalispell Mt. ~ Oct.-Dec. 2015
~Missouri Falls Fine Arts Show and Sale, Great Falls, Mt. ~ March 2016
~Shadows Of The Past; Choteau, Mt. ~ Sept. 2016
~Hockaday Museum Winter Salon Show; Kalispell Mt. ~Oct.-Dec. 2016
~Colors of Fall; Great Falls, Mt. ~Oct., 2016
~Western Heritage Art Show and Sale; Great Falls, Mt., ~March 2017
Personal collections: ~Throughout the U.S.
Permanent: ~Montana State Fair, Great Falls Mt.
~Latigo and Lace, Augusta Mt.
~Borderpine Gallery & Framing, Great Falls, Mt.
~Manhattan Arts International, N.Y.