Artist’s biography & statement

Merle Ann Loman lives west of Victor, Montana in the gorgeous Bitterroot Valley. Born in the early 1950’s, she grew up in the Mission Valley and the small town of Ronan  located in western Montana. Her father owned and operated an award winning weekly newspaper, The Ronan Pioneer. Her mother owned and operated a specialty women’s clothing store called Audrey’s. If she wasn’t working in one of the businesses she was outside exploring and riding her horses in the Mission Mountains and valley.

After college, she gravitated to an “outdoor” career working for the Forest Service in western Montana in silviculture, timber management and eventually business and accounting. The latter job moved her into the office and she was not as happy about that. She began taking as many fire and emergency management assignments as she could to get back outside. After moving to Washington, DC in 2001 to work for the Department of the Interior for a few years, circumstances brought her back to western Montana. She made sure to have time to get back outside hiking, hunting, biking, camping, fishing, skiing, breathing…and since 2006, she has been doing all of that with her camera.

Fortunately, she was able to take over the business end of her partner Jack’s fly fishing outfitter business, Fly Fishing Montana with Wapiti Waters. This position has offered her the flexibility to pursue her passion of outdoor photography and writing. It has been a long journey but now Merle is home in western Montana doing what she loves.

Artist’s Statement:
“Now to give back, I want to share my passion for the natural world with anyone who wants to learn but especially children. I want to teach, write, share with and contribute to individuals and organizations that appreciate and work for conservation of nature.

My photography is how I share nature through a naturalist’s lens. Science, documentation and art can describe both photography and the study of natural history. I am passionate about each of them. Photography is how I capture visual art, the art of the moment, and acutely record my experiences with nature.

As a naturalist photographer, I strive to create photographs that are sharply focused, detailed, simple in composition, and that instill a connection between humans and nature. My creations record ordinary everyday subjects with a sense of artistry. Yet my most basic goal is to capture nature through photography without altering it, and to provide documentation that promotes the appreciation, study and understanding of natural history through all seasons and over longer / extended periods of time.”

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Artist’s equipment:
Cameras: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lenses: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM; SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Aspherical DF Macro SLD Autofocus Lens; Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS; Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Other: Tripods, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software for downloading and processing RAW format into JPG


Products for sale:
Extensive collection of Fine Art Nature Photography on greeting cards, loose prints, prints on metal, stretched canvas and framed prints. $1 beautiful color postcards of local scenes and landmarks, extensive selection of:

  • $4 Greeting Cards by A Montana View 5×7 frameable, beautiful glossy print with envelope;
  • Nature prints loose in fine clear sleeves and inserted poster board backing – 8×10/$15, 11×14/$25, 12×18/$35;
  • Prints on Metal and Stretched canvas $35-$250 and up; framed prints $45/$250 and up.

Merle’s work is published in magazines, websites, organization journals and Montana dot Gov online field guide. see AMV’s Publication & membership lists.

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