ARTIST STATEMENTI have been drawing ever since I can remember. I portray the magic of the Montana landscape, its people, its wildlife, the mystery of its ghost towns and beautiful old architecture.Fifth generation Montanan born in Butte, raised and educated in Southwestern Montana, coming from a pioneer background with a strong homesteading and mining influence, my paintings and drawings capture the memories of my Montana upbringing.I became very interested in ghost towns at an early age and from, then on my art has evolved in capturin a part of our history that is fading. Much of the West's history is stored in its ghost towns. Strolling through empty streets past ruined buildings an deserted mining structures one easily realizes how hard those pioneer families had to work to survive. They built those towns their mines with pick and shovels. They built the west.In my paintings and drawings I capture the most unusual and unforgettable events in all of American history which took place during the bonanza mining years in the West. With my art I capture these events. The Ghost Towns, old mills and mines as mute testimony to the rowdy, reckless, raucous boom years that opened up our West and changed the charactor forever.Growing up in a time when there were numerous ghost towns I have been able to capture these in my artwork. I have had the opportunity to travel to many ghost towns throughout Montana and the West.BIOGRAPHYKevin P. Heaney was born in Butte, Montana on December 2, 1950. Fifth generation Montanan, raised and educated in Deer Lodge, Montana, comes from a pioneer background with a strong mining influence. Kevin attended Montana State University at Bozeman, Montana from 1969-70 studying art. He attended The University of Montana Western at Dillon, Montana from 1970-74 receiving a B.S. Degree with a major in art. He attended graduate school also at Western and Northeastern Nevada College, Elko, Nevada. He has taught art fifteen years at the secondary level in Montana and Nevada. Has taught art classes at Western and Northeastern Nevada college. Has taught numerous art workshop and classe throughout Montana and Nevada. His paintings and drawings capture the memories of his Montana roots. His work has been featured in many one-man exhibits including a show at the Montana Historical Society and the Northeastern Nevada Museum.He has been in numerous show throughout the West as well as participating in the C.M. Russell Art Show and the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.His work has been in many publications, juried shows and private collections. He designed the Bannack Days Poster three years and presented them to the governor of Montana.He has exhibited in Art Shows in Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada, Washington, Wyoming and California.Kevin maintains a studio at the Old Prison Museum where he is the artist in residence.