Narrative landscape painter Nic Fischer brings his large-scale vision to the park

West Glacier, MT – As Glacier National Park’s final artist-in-residence for 2019, Nic Fischer will paint Glacier as it transitions from summer to autumn.

Hyalite by Nic Fischer (Photo: Nic Fischer - used by uermission)

Fischer, a landscape painter and illustrator who lives in Bozeman, combines field studies with satellite imagery to create what he calls a “nearly infinite vantage point.” Fischer says he uses his art as a way of “presenting the eye a journey not otherwise available in a single image … I can reorganize and manipulate terrain while maintaining accurate relationships within a vast landscape as I develop a final composition.”

During his residency in the park, Fischer plans to paint from the summit of Edwards Mountain, a 9,000-foot peak west of Sperry Glacier. Fischer will create a “foundation of reference” from which to execute a large and complex landscape painting celebrating the reopening of Sperry Chalet and its majestic surroundings.

Fischer arrived at Glacier National Park on August 26 and will stay here until September 20. During that time, he also will present three free public programs in the park and local community.

Friday, September 6

Artist Presentation, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 2nd Ave E, Kalispell

Fischer will discuss his background, artistic process, and plans in Glacier National Park.

Monday, September 9

Artist Presentation, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

Fischer will share his background, artistic process, and his experience as he works in Glacier National Park.

Wednesday, September 18

Artist Presentation, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

Mount Ellis, Montana by Nic Fischer (Photo: Nic Fischer - used by permission)

Fischer will share his background, artistic process, and progress on his project in Glacier National Park.

Fischer is a native of Milwaukee. He headed west after high school, and has lived in places like Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone – all locations that fueled his interest in epic landscapes. He studied art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, majoring in illustration and painting.

 Fischer’s work in Glacier wraps up the 2019 edition of the park’s Artist-In-Residence program, which earlier hosted artists Amory Abbott and Chad Farnes.

 Glacier National Park will begin accepting applications later this year for the 2020 Artist-in-Residence program. Learn more about the program on the park’s Artist-in-Residence page.