Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton


I have long been intrigued by the relationship of perception, emotion and spirit, and how these are filtered through our human connections and experiences to be distilled into creative activity. I believe we all have the creative urge…it is just that some of us persist at the activity long enough to find real joy in it. Artist/theorist Max Bill believed that “art is the medium that makes thought visible”.  As a result, I have learned to not only look outward as I paint, but to also look inward at the mind/heart processes that happen when the joy is expressed in line and color and texture. 


It is a joy to travel from the beginning of an idea, to a final statement of line and color.  But I believe that the traveling of the journey is the important thing…and not the product of that journey.  Art is not a thing but an act…hopefully an act of passion.  It is a must be in motion for it to happen.  I hope that through my work, it will be evident what my life has been, what it is, and where I am going.  Please join me on that journey of passion!

Artist Statement


Lynn & Joan Mason  |  62409 Hillside Road, St. Ignatius, Montana 59865  |  (406) 745-3375

© 2019 Mission Falls Ranch. Website design by