Ivan Doig

In a time when the American West cried out for definition and explanation, you responded with full and vibrant portraits of the northern tier, your Montana homeland and adopted Northwest, from cow and alfalfa country to the “stonecliff skyline” of the Rocky Mountain Front to stormy seas, always anchored in compelling and authentic westerners; your work, ever opening up new territory, grew into an exploration of a full century of the western experience; and the people, ever ready for another journey with you, grounded in the West but universal in reach, have responded to each new book by heeding the adventuresome and irresistible call of your spirited Mariah Montana: “Pack your socks and come along with me on this.”