Gaylene Fortner grew up on a ranch in southeastern Montana where she
adamantly appreciated the quiet community and country life. She now
lives with her husband in Broadus, Montana where they have raised three
Gaylene Fortner has been basically self taught. She received a degree
in Stenography and Office Practice from the National College of Business
in Rapid City, South Dakota. The mediums that she uses in her painting
are transparent watercolors, and oils, in both large and miniature paintings.
These paintings are a large variety of subject matter, from rural western
themes such as horses and cattle to still life, chickadees, and portraits.
Collecting antiques to use for still life subject matter is a favorite
hobby, along with growing flowers.
Her work has been accepted in many shows throughout the United States
as well as miniature shows in London, England. Her participation in
shows has included the 2005 Miniature Art Society Show of Florida (Juried);
Gallery One Miniature Show of Mentor, Ohio; Cheyenne Frontier Days Old
West Museum Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Cheyenne, Wyoming; and
several years juried into the C. M. Russell Art Auction
Her memberships include: Montana Watercolor Society-Signature-1994;
Women Artists of the West-Signature; Northern Plains Watercolor Society-Signature;
Florida Miniature Society; Georgia Miniature Society-member; and the
Cider Painters of America.
Her work has been published in Wildlife Art Magazine-Featured Birds,
WAOW 2003; Inform Art Magazine-Featured Artist, Summer Issue 2002; Feature
Article, Billings Gazette's "Enjoy" 1999; U S Art-New Releases-July
1997; and Western Horseman-Art Gallery, March 1997.