Originally from California, Tabby Ivy has made western Montana her home for more than 30 years. She has been a multi-year participant in the Hockaday Museum of Art's Plein Air Paint Out, and was a curator of that museum's groundbreaking 2015 exhibition, "A Timeless Legacy, Women Artists of Glacier National Park."


Ivy’s paintings are evocative and engaging while leaving a bit of mystery and interpretation for the viewer. For the artist, they often begin when a mood, scene or thought breaks through the everyday to spark an idea or call to creative action. She relies on intuitive spontaneity, curiosity and risk-taking to guide her through the painting process. "I have come to welcome the calm that comes to my life when I am in the midst of creative expression," Ivy says. "Oil painting has become my vehicle to convey a mood, scene or thought that breaks through the everyday to touch my soul. The end result is often a surprise, but, if successful, depicts a truth from within."