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Montana Gift Corral's Favorite Products from Renowned Artist, Dean Crouser

    Four years ago the Montana Gift Corral was introduced to an artist who took our breath away. Vibrant colors swirled elegantly into the natural greens and browns, breathing an exciting life into the paintings. Paintings of bears and birds and mountains were things we had seen before but the style made them feel new and unique. Watercolor has always been my favorite medium, has always made my breath hitch, and Dean Crouser’s watercolor paintings are some of the most amazing I have seen.Dean Crouser Watercolor Painting at the Montana Gift Corral by Issa Rabideaux

    Dean Crouser was born and raised in the beautiful coastal state of Oregon. Growing up he spent his days exploring the abundant nature that was around him. He would go hiking in the foothills of Mt. Hood, camping along Oregon High Lakes, and fishing in the Columbia River Gorge. As Dean grew his love and passion for the outdoors grew as well, and you can see the love he has for it in all of his paintings. Dean spends his time exploring the outdoors and appreciating the beautiful and wild parts of life. His goal is to show the world scenes they have seen before but in new and exciting ways. He says "My goal is to capture the beauty and simplicity of a scene in a manner that people haven't seen a million times before."
    Personally, I think Dean meets his goal every time. For me, the images he paints invoke the same sense of wonder that a new city does. I could spend hours staring at his work, trying to soak in every brush stroke, every color, to see the way the water interacted with the paints. And to celebrate the September Art Walk of 2018 featuring Dean Crouser, the Montana Gift Corral compiled a list of our favorite products featuring his work.

A Picture is a Poem Without Words

Dean Crouser Wall Art at the Montana Gift Corral by Issa Rabideaux

    One of the best ways to experience the wonderful work of Dean Crouser is to simply hang a painting on your wall. Dean Crouser’s paintings feature all aspects of nature, from the most delicate iris to a mare nurturing her foal. The Dean Crouser Wall Art is a simple yet elegant way to show off your love for his work. Whether you prefer flowers that make you feel like your resting in a secret garden or wild mountain meadow, or paintings of birds so realistic you can almost hear them singing, the watercolors by Dean are unique and beautiful just like you and your home.


You Don’t Take a Photograph, You Make It

Dean Crouser Beautiful Photo Frame at the Montana Gift Corral by Issa Rabideaux

    Want to add a more personal touch to Dean Crouser’s paintings? The Montana Gift Corral has lovely picture frames that feature one of Dean Crouser’s gorgeous paintings. Each frame has space for the photo of a loved one, or a cherished memory. Beside the photo, one of Dean’s watercolors adds a splash of vibrancy. Colors swirl around the edges of your photo, accenting the painting and tying the two together. Find a frame with a painting of one of Dean’s horses for the horse-lover in your life. Or get a frame that features some roses for that special someone in your life, after all, roses mean love in the language of flowers. Whichever frame you pick it is sure to be an elegant addition to your home and will add an extra splash of personality to any photograph.


Painting is Just Another Way of Keeping a Diary

Dean Crouser Journals at Montana Gift Corral by Issa Rabideaux

    Keep Dean’s work close to your heart with his beautiful journals. Journals are one of the most amazing things a person can own. A blank notebook is full of possibilities and each one is as unique as the people who write in them. There’s just something about a new journal; the smell of paper, the creak of the spine as you open it for the first time, the way a blank sheet of paper looks when you write the first word. And these journals even feature a beautiful painting, one that inspires a sense of wonder and awe. Remember your favorite childhood memories of summer when you write in a journal with a dragonfly gliding across the cover. Wax poems about the object of your affections as your heart flutters like a hummingbird or gaze into the eyes of a cardinal and recall the icy taste of snow on your tongue and the soft silence that settles around you as the snow falls.


Who Would Refuse to Have a Delicious Snack?

Dean Crouser Snack Plates at Montana Gift Corral by Issa Rabideaux

    Want to show off your lovely Dean Crouser paintings to your guests in a fun and unique way? Maybe you’re hosting a party soon and want to use it as a chance to show off your sophisticated and dapper side. A great way to do that is by serving your favorite snacks on adorable snack plates! As your friends slowly devour the snacks a beautiful watercolor painting will be revealed! Images featuring your favorite Montana wildlife come to life bite by bite with the Dean Crouser Snack Plates! With over forty different paintings you can mix and match snack plates to make each event a unique experience! What fun things can you do with different snack plate styles?


Smell the Roses, Smell the Coffee, Whatever it is That Makes You Happy

Montana Gift Corral Dean Crouser Mugs by Issa Rabideaux

     Waking up to energizing watercolors and lively scenes is a must. Nothing pairs better with mornings than a hot cup of delicious coffee in your favorite mug. Now combine watercolor art, coffee, your favorite mug, and morning into one thing... and boom! You have a Dean Crouser Mugs! Enjoy your favorite art alongside your favorite beverage. We have multiple different mugs wrapped with his art. We offer 38 variations of his art on mugs, from irises and pansies to bears, foxes, cardinals, and bunnies! You will find exactly what you need from our gigantic selection of this extraordinary art. Running late in the morning, or prefer a portable version of Dean Crouser art? We offer travel mugs with many variations of his paintings as well! These gorgeous mugs are some of our favorites, and several workers at the warehouse arrive in the morning sporting their custom mug full of brewed perfection! Maybe get one of both, that way Dean Crouser can be a part of every part of your morning! 


     However you choose to show off your favorite Dean Crouser paintings, the Montana Gift Corral has got you covered. From gift bags to mugs, to plates and bowls, show off your Dean Crouser watercolor painting in a way that is as unique as you! 


By: Issa Rabideaux

Photos Credited to the Montana Gift Corral and Dean Crouser


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