Becky Smith-Dobbins is a Montana native, born in Bozeman, MT. She was raised on the N-Bar Ranch, a large registered Angus cattle ranch in central Montana. Along with three younger brothers, her family was the fourth generation to reside on the ranch. She began drawing at an early age, encouraged by artistic family influences and the vast beauty of rural Montana.
A Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from MSU-Bozeman led to a colorful career beginning in Bozeman then onto Florida, Texas, and Arizona before returning home to Montana. Design clients included natural foods industry companies, Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears, Jack Nicklaus, Georgetown University, Montana Hope Project, and a variety of private and public sector print identity campaigns.
While child raising remained the focus for a number of years, an interest in oil painting was sparked by a week long landscape oil painting class held in Glacier National Park. The Glacier experience came with cold rain and relentless wind, yet Glacier’s awe and splendor inspired a new path to artistic endeavors. Becky now does studio work and paints en plein air with fellow artists, produces large format photographic works, and creates local art & design under Flatwillow Creek Studios, a tribute to her childhood home on the N-Bar Ranch.
Becky and her husband, David, enjoy winters in sunny Arizona and summers in Montana. Glacier National Park continues to be a favorite summer requisite.