“[Patricia Forsberg’s] series of ‘Japanese’ drawings, created over more than ten years and numbering in excess of 300 intimate works, stands as one of the most engaging, masterful, and achingly lyrical engagements by an artist of the West with a specifically Asian culture. Just as Provence became Van Gogh’s Japan (‘it is a beautiful Japanese dream,’ he wrote of the Provencal countryside), Patricia has found her Japan within the confines of an artist’s studio. . . .
"In their exploration of the interior life of women today, these drawings are, quite simply, marvelous expressions of one artist’s allusive imagination, speaking across centuries and cultures with restrained feeling, quiet power, and a riveting sense of beauty all their own.”--Rick Newby
Rick Newby is executive director of Drumlummon Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to research, writing, and publishing on the culture of Montana and the broader American West, and editor-in-chief of the onlinr journal, Drumlummon Views (www.drumlummon.org). As an independent scholar, Rick Newby has written extensively about the culture of the American West and is the editor of many books, including A Most Desperate Situation: Frontier Adventures of a Young Scout, 1859-1864, by Walter Cooper; Writing Montana: Literature Under the Big Sky; The New Montana Story: An Anthology; and the Rocky Mountain Region volume in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures. An active art critic, Rick has published many articles on contemporary artists in national and international journals, and he is the author of numerous exhibition catalogs, including Rudy Autio: The Infinite Figure; New Works: Lawson Oyekan; and Beckoned into Landscape: The Paintings of Dale Livezey.