Mike Pattersen focuses on the beauty he sees here in Montana. He finds inspiration in this place and tries to express the sense of wonder it gives him. At the same time he is humbled by the ineptitude of his efforts, but buoyed by the pleasure he feels in being able to even make the attempt. “I am a happy man! I expect this connection to Montana and its beauty to intertwine in the rest of my personal, professional and artistic lives. “
Painting gives Mike the opportunity to touch the reality of the place he loves and to produce some work that may help others feel what he felt when he looked upon a part of Montana. He makes Great Falls his home.