HELENA – Helena landscape painter Kathryn Fehlig is the “Treasured” Montana Artist for early 2013.

“[Fehlig’s] art takes you on a journey throughout Montana, with illustrations ranging from an afternoon stroll along Spring Meadow Lake to a captivating sunset over the Buffalo Jump outside of Ulm,” said Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, who announced the appointment on Jan. 15.

Fehlig’s exhibit features pastel illustrations in which she captures the colors and spirit of the environment by painting in plein air, a technique which uses natural light. A Montana native, her pieces have been featured in art shows nation-wide, and many have won top awards including “Best in Show” at the Appalachian Pastel Society in Ashville, N.C. She also spent eight years as a graphic designer for the Montana Historical Society helping to produce its quarterly magazine and popular “Western Rendezvous of Art” catalogs.

“Montana is the perfect marriage of artist and environment,” Fehlig said. “I’ll never run out of the things to paint. The pieces I’ve chosen to share are a representation of the diversity and splendor of the place we proudly call home.”

Fehlig’s exhibit will be on display January through April 2013 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office, in the State Capitol Building in Helena.