My artistic ability is a journey...

Each project takes me further from where I started, and closer to where I aspire to be.

Who I Am

Artist Jerolyn Dirks has lived for the past two decades on a small farm north of Bozeman, Montana with her husband, Gene Brodeur.  “We both love the west – I paint the landscape and Gene is a producer  for Montana Public Televison.”

Dirks earned a degree in fine arts from the University of California at Los Angeles.   During her career in illustration – she was known for images created for PetSmart stores, Iams Corporation and The American Humane Association. In 2008, after 18 years as an illustrator in watercolor, the artist switched to oils and plein-air painting.   This change of direction was a catalyst for a whole new body of work.

Jerolyn has participated in juried and invitational shows including:

C. M Russel Auction 2013

Oil Painter’s of America 2012 Western Regional Exhibition

Salon International Exhibition, Jury’s Award 2012

C. M. Russell Museum exhibition Historic Ranches of Montana 2012

Western Master’s Auction, Great Falls, Montana 2011 & 2012

American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition  2012 & 2011

Plein Air on the Yellowstone (People’s Choice Award)  2011

American Women Artist National Juried Competition 2011

National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Juried Exhibition 2011


Salon International Exhibition, Jury’s Award 2012

Finalist RayMar Fine Art Competition August 2012

Finalist RayMar Fine Art Competition October 2012

Finalist RayMar Fine Art Competition November 2012

Honorable Mention Plein-air Salon September/October 2012

Honorable Mention Plein-air Salon  November/December 2012


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What I Do

My transition to oils from watercolor has been labor intensive but worth the effort.  Oils offer me techniques for rendering my first love – that of texture.  After design, shape and value – I always come back to the layers and layers of texture found in nature.  For me, texture is an important tool in supporting the main theme of each piece.

Painting on location – is never boring.  Even when I don’t return with my best  studies – the fun is often in the chase and what I learned.  There will always be conditions beyond my control – but I love the elements of surprise and discovery.


Jerolyn studied landscape painting with artist Robert Moore and T. Allen Lawson.  She has also studied still life and floral painting with artists Jeff Legg, Elizabeth Robins and Laura Robb.

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Recent Works