Born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, I spent many happy hours on the prairies searching for arrowheads and playing pioneer, all the while absorbing the extraordinary beauty of the western landscape.
I had excellent art training at Great Falls High School, but as with so many of its young, left Montana for school in Boston. My art was put aside for many years as playing traditional music became my primary passion.
Inspired by a friend on a trip to the Caribbean, I started painting again. While studying with several excellent teachers including Don Stone and Eric Aho, I developed style and subject. As a friend once wrote “Spencer brings big skies and Western color schemes to her oil paintings. She is unromantic in her compositions, juxtaposing the wild elements of nature and the objects of civilization. Her paintings are at once real and dreamy, rendered by a loose brush and a keen observation of how the spirit of the land intersects with the material world she sees.”
In my oil painting, I have opened up my brushwork and am exploring abstract painting and abstracting the landscape.
For a complete change of subject inspired by a trip to Spain, I am currently writing and illustrating a children’s book, working in watercolor, ink and words.