Lane Timothy was born and raised in the small town of Missoula,
Montana where at a very young age he discovered a love of art.
Lane sold his first painting to a neighbor for $10.00 at the tender
age of seven. During high school, as Lane’s art became well known
throughout the community, he was commissioned to paint the
mascots on the walls and gym floors of high schools when he was
just sixteen. That was his first commission and they haven’t stopped
since that day. Lane worked as a designer at a local t-shirt company
throughout high school, which sparked his interest in graphic
design. In 1993, Lane was awarded the Charlie Russell National Art
Scholarship, which he used to attend the University of Montana to
study art and graphic design. After two semesters, Lane took a risk
and started his own graphic design company with a friend, instead
of enrolling in school.
This turned out to be a smart move, his company was successful and
he learned important hands-on skills in the design world. After two
years of owning his own business, Lane felt ready for a move to a
bigger city. He applied for a position as a graphic designer in a large
design firm in Salt Lake City and sure enough, he landed the job.
Throughout his graphic design journey, Lane continued to paint in
his spare time; he never went long without picking up a paintbrush.
After two more years of working in design, Lane packed his
belongings, and drove back to Montana, he said, “I was growing
anxious at work, because all I wanted to do was paint.” Despite
some criticism from people who thought he was crazy to give up a
wonderful job, with a consistent income, Lane knew in his heart he
had to do what he loves or he would live each day full of regret.
Lane was back in his small studio, in his small town, and he never
felt happier. His first art show nearly sold out and this gave him the
confidence that he had made the right decision. Work has not
slowed down for him and he has been fortunate enough to spend his
days painting and following his dreams.
Lane has made quite a name for himself in Missoula, his work is
displayed all over town in several restaurants, banks, retail stores,
the University, not to mention in numerous homes throughout the
valley. His appeal does not end there, his paintings can be seen in
collections throughout Seattle, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake,
Europe, and Japan.
Another passion of Lane’s is giving back to the community. He has
donated art to Big Brothers and Big Sisters for many years,
contributing over $60,000 to their organization. He also donates a
painting each year to the University of Montana rodeo team, raising
thousands and thousands of dollars for their program. In 2002, Lane
donated a painting to the Molson Indy Gala to benefit the Children’s
Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. The painting sold for $57,000 and
100% of the proceeds went to the hospital. Lane will continue to
donate where he can by providing original works to support
organizations close to his heart.
Lane has made his way back to Salt Lake City once again and he has
been painting more than ever. He feels that after all these years, he
has finally found a unique style that is unmistakably his own voice.
He has experimented with many creative genres but admits that
realism, with a contemporary twist is his undeniable favorite. His
love of the city joined with his experience and fondness for the
country lead to exceptional content to paint. Lane loves spending
afternoons riding around the city on his bike snapping pictures of
ideas for potential paintings. He has been fortunate to visit Europe
twice to study the techniques of the classic masters, he spent hours
on end roaming the galleries and museums, mesmerized by the
unbelievable talent. Lane stays in his studio for long hours with his
nose in a book, studying everything he can get his hands on about
masters of the past and present, their technique and ability. Lane
admires many artists but his favorite is John Singer Sargent. “I love
his suggestive strokes, he is a master of the brush.” Lane was
excited to visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and see a John Singer
Sargent painting proudly displayed. His said it took his breath away.
On the March/April 2005 cover of Sky West Magazine, there is a
painting of a cowboy looking out into the wide open spaces that is
undeniably a field in Montana. Lane painted the Montana cowboy
and titled it “Daydreamer.” Lane considers himself somewhat of a
daydreamer, he is constantly dreaming of the places he’ll go and
the things that he’ll see. He said, “Art is amazing because it
enables you to take what is in your head, and put it onto canvas for
the world to see.”
Lane was also featured in Southwest Art Magazines, “21 Artists
Under 31 to Collect Now,” in September of 2004. Lane has been on
many covers and in many galleries over the years with his pieces
reaching some of the top prices in the market. He feels that this is
just the beginning of his career and he is thankful that he followed
his gut instinct and kept his dream alive, to be an oil painter.
Despite his success, Lane maintains his modest attitude and
continues to focus on expanding his abilities. Lane’s most recent
works have received the attention of some of the top collectors in
the country. Lane has worked over the past year (2021), on a new
series of paintings that will go back to some of his roots, back to
the country, back to the West and the people that helped shape this
country into what it is today. He has a true passion for our history,
the way of the cowboys and the Native American population that
existed at a time that was not mired by technology. A true time of
change and challenge.