(Ike*) is a nickname I received at 14 while working at a full-service Texaco gas
station as the "Chore Girl." The Guys razed me
about my real name, Eileen, which was tongue tying sometimes. So one day, they
Christened me "Ike". The Owner reached down into a bright silver
aluminum bucket of baby blue colored water, crossed my forehead with a soft
moist touch, & gave me a shiny yellow, rubber ducky that was floating in the
water. When I asked why...I was told, "So we can yell at you!" Then
sent back to work with a new name. At age 16, I added the asterisk * to create
my sovereignty for uniqueness, originality and its been with me ever
Oooh... those innocent years...
Finally! Graduation from High
2 sons later
Years flow by.....
Lane & Ike* 1979.
Welders' Helper 1980.
Driller's Helper 1981
Time Shimmers forward 5
Time away from The Navy and Navy
was born in Oregon & moved to
Wyoming at the age of 3 months where her 4 brothers were born. The
family moved to Montana when she was 11 years old. At that young age, she
was raised by a single parent & is the eldest of 6 kids. While
growing up, the talented child was footloose and carefree. Played
baseball, basketball, tied flies, camped out, hiked, fished, hunted,
explored, climbed trees or mountains, dug up rocks and bones. Joined the
"boys" 4-H club because they had more fun and was accepted.
Then had summer jobs to help raise her family starting at age 14 and
started paying taxes at that age. She
also rode & trained horses, raised & showed Malamute huskies,
cats, sheep, rabbits, goats, chickens, cattle, and cared for anything
else that may have been found or brought home, including wild animals.
At the same time, the enterprising girl was always drawing or creating
something in school or at home.
Ike's Mom taught her how to draw before she started grade school. Her
"Mom" was a good Western Artist in her own right and turned
the eager child loose to create her own unique style and technique. When
the kid was 13 years-old, she sold her first oil painting for $150 bucks
which was a lot for a child at that time! Then she went on to win
several art contests in school, local fairs, and earned a full Art
scholarship to the University of Montana for which she declined.
Instead, Ike* traveled throughout the United States & raised a
family. Worked as Bartender/barmaid and she painted a wall in the
Golden Wheel Casino. Worked as welder's helper on 100 % sour gas pipe
lines and 1st girl ever hired by Matador Pipelines. Worked in the oil fields & worked with
explosives & Drills. Joined
the Navy & jumped out an airplane & taught aviators how to stay
alive. Worked for the Department of
Corrections & witnessed a riot and learned the truth of it, and went to college & graduated
with honors and started her own company. She conceived & Trademarked "Montana's Best
Kept Secrets," in 1994, and uses her inventiveness to create
"things" or to frame art or to display her distinctive
My desk & computer being used.
Ike* also writes stories and articles.
Frames artwork and personal items. Gardens and experiments in the kitchen.
Landscapes and remodels homes. Manages someone else's home office, and oversees
her own business. Is the CPA during Tax time and does the books. Carves ceramics and chalks them. Doctors the
humans and animals and gives shots when necessary. Experiments with her
artwork all the time which surprises her family and friends. Plays on computer
and wastes time with certain games. The works on computer to create graphic designs. Cherishes
her true friends and loves modern technology when it works. Uses power tools and builds
things or tears down walls.
Writes and publishes Poetry for fun. Makes up "Jingles" for radio
stations just for fun. Loves to curl up to a good book when she can,
and is a die hard Sci-fi fan, and a High Saturation "Trekkie".
My Office door
Today, Ike* works out of
her home in the United States. She is still the imaginative Enchanter who
draws for the love of it! Sharing life with Tim, Kids, Grand Kids, Good
Science Fiction or action Movies,
True Friends, Computers programs & games, P2 games, and High Definition
TV and the History, Discover or Science channels. The Australian Red Merle Shepard's,
Feral Kitten Kat, Rare Orchids & Scented Geraniums that her Mom gave her. Makes
her own incense and potpourri using essential oils. Lastly,
living in the mountains among the multitude of wild critters
that stop by occasionally to visit or to eat the wild flowers such as Grizzly
Bears, Red Foxes and Deer. She is still going forward like the "Energizer
Bunny" which happens to be a charging moose
Artistic& Hard Work Accomplishments, she:
Donated Artwork to the 2009 Masonic Home Ex-Student Association Homecoming in Fort Worth, Texas.
Donated (1) hand-painted
oil paintings on Christmas bulb to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
in 2008 who put it on his residential tree.
One of Ike* 's Christmas bulbs was
seen by one of Governor Schweitzer's staff on a tree in Senator Jon Tester's Office in 2008.
Donated (3) hand-painted
oil paintings on Christmas bulbs to the White House for the Capital
Christmas Tree in 2008. Montana trees where used at the White
House that year.
Best-In Show ribbons at State and local fairs throughout Montana
& Wyoming for over 30 years.
Selected as one of the
Rocky Mountain Elk
Foundation's yearly Banquet in Casper Wyoming. Nov 1998, 1999, 2000
Selected as one of the
"Fine Artists" for Rocky Mountain Elk
Foundation's yearly Banquet in Casper Wyoming. Nov 2000 & 2001.
Organized and Implemented the 2nd
" Art in a Lot" on Sept.3, 2000 in Edgerton, Wyoming.
That was fun!
and Published Poem "Words" @ InterNational
Library of Poetry & on-Line. 2000. Fun!
Chosen and Published Poem
"Burned" @ InterNational Library of Poetry &
on-Line. 1999. Fun!
Nominated & Selected for Who's Who
of American Women in 1999. Who cares.
of Prairie League Institute of the Arts. Gillette, Wyoming. 1999.
the only current "Wyoming Made" logo in 1999
until 2001 when she moved from that state.
Organized and Implemented the 1st "
Art in a Lot" Sept 4, 1999 in Midwest, Wyoming. Fun! Fun!
to Display Artwork at "Elk Camp Exposition" Feb 11-14,
1999. Reno Hilton, Reno, Nevada.
for IBC 's 2000 Outstanding Artists & Designers of the 20th Century
Earned a place in "Wyoming
Works' for three months with the Nicolaysen Art
Museum in Casper in 1998. A Great honor! And I did it the first
time I entered! Whoa!
Then found herself the 1st recipient
of the Liberal Studies club, "Award for Excellence"
from Montana Tech of the University of Montana for her Generous spirit of
service in 1998. A surprise! Whoa!
Opened Business, "Montana's
Best Kept Secrets" in Midwest, Wyoming, in April 1998.
Nominated & Selected
for Who's Who in the World in 1998. Who cares.
in Show" & Voted "Artist's Choice Award"
in "Fine Arts" at Wyoming State Fair.1998-2001.
in Show & Judges Choice" in "Fine Arts" at Wyoming
Central Fair 1998-2001.
to Display Artwork at "Elk Camp Exposition" Feb 19-22,
1998. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.
Won Editor's Choice
in a US National Poetry contest For "Ebb" in 1997.
of Montana Institute of the Arts. Butte Branch. 1996 & 1997.
Contributed art to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations
in the states of Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado & Wyoming.
1995,1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001. Contributed art to Anaconda High
School, Libby High School, Butte Literacy Program, Friends of the Ice
Rink, United Way organizations, local Medical Facilities in Montana, &
various Wildlife Foundations or Institutes throughout North America,
and Generously donate to our Children and to our Elderly.
Best Kept Secrets in Montana in 1995 and again in 2005.
to participate in Copper Village Art Museum's Annual Art Auction
held at Fairmont, Mt.1995, 1996, 1997.
in Virginia City Artist's Festival. Virginia City, Mt. 1996, 1997.
Selected to participate in Lewistown
Art Center's Annual Art Auction. Lewistown, Mt. 1997.
Juried & Selected to participate in Art in the Park. Anaconda,
Montana. 1995, 1996, 1997.
Selected to Participate in Art in the Park. Greatfalls, Mt.
Bachelor of Science Degree from Montana Tech of the
University of Montana. Butte, MT. Major, Society and Technology\technical
and professional communications. 1995.
Certified in Public Speaking from Montana Tech. 1995
Minor in Occupational
Health & Safety.1995.
Creator & Owner of
Business, Montana's Best Kept Secrets" in State of Montana
in "Anaconda Smelter men's Heritage Days" in Anaconda.
Mt. August 4 & 5, 1995.
"Judge" for the Southwestern Regional Science and Engineering
Fair held in Butte, Mt. 1994 & 1995. FUN!
time and services to Copper Village Art Museum in Anaconda. Mt. 1994 &
Member of Society of Safety Engineers. 1994-1996.
Nominated & Selected
member of the Who's Who Among College Students in American Colleges
& Universities. Montana Tech of the University of Montana. 1994.
Whoa! an honor!
"Judge" at the Butte High Speech Debates in 1992 & 1994.
Lots of fun!
Scholarship. Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.
F. Bossard Memorial
Scholarship. Montana College of
Mineral Science & Technology. 1994.
Honor Roll. Montana
College of Mineral Science and Technology. 1992-1995.
Good Standing. Montana
College of Mineral Science and Technology. 1991-1992.
Published Writer for "The
Technocrat" Newspaper . College Newspaper. Roaming Reporter.1991-1995.
Designed the Liberal
Studies Club degree logos/emblems for Montana School of Mines in
Butte, MT. And designed the Occupational Safety & Health Club Degree
and the Society & Technology Club Degree logo for the
Designed USN Squadron
Logo for VAW 120 and it lasted between 85-93, a long time by
today's standards. Commanding officers bring their own designs now and are
Relations Officer from the Paraloft shop for the squadron, VAW 120
NAS. Virginia. 1984-1987.
letterhead emblems for US Navy's "Hawkeye Ball"
1986 and 1987.
Selected East Coast
Representative for 19th Integrated Logistics Support/Acquisition
Management Panel for Aviation Life Support Systems. 1988.
Selected East Coast Carrier Airborne
Early Warning Squadron Representative for Maintenance Training
Readiness Review Conference. 1987.
Nominated the "Sailor of the
Month" at VAW 120. May 1984 for her Outstanding work &
Military bearing which is a hard award to win.
Top of the Class
in Aircrew Survival Equipment man School in Lakehurst, NJ. 1983. Hard work!
member of "US Navy Inter-service Color Guard"
for Military and Civilian functions. Lakehurst, NJ. 1983.
Drew emblems/logos for Drilling and
Survey companies in Montana, Colorado, and Texas. 1979-1983.
Ike* holds the only female
Drill Helper drilling record in Hondo Texas. She beat the boys on a
Failing 1000 conventional drilling rig. The boys had three
"Buggies" and each buggy had ( 3) helpers each. Drilling record
still stands today and will never be broken. 1982.
Published Artist for
the "Horse Trader" Magazine in Irving, Texas. 1982-1983.
Earned Full Art
Scholarship For University of Montana in 1975 upon graduation from High
Won "First Place"
in Fairmont Hot Springs Design Contest for the Grand
Opening of Resort in Deer lodge County in 1973. But design was too
complicated, so it went to the "Parent" Fairmont in Canada and 2nd place
was chosen for local area's design.
Place" in Keep Montana Green, Forest & Range
Fire Prevention Poster Contest. The hand drawing & painted
picture was sent to Japan
to tour the country in 1971 for a whole year. Then The Forest Service got
Certified in Civil
Defense Education in Personal & Family Survival. Bozeman Extension
Office. Cert. No. 14102. March 31, 1971."Requirement" in that
time of history.
Visual Story of the beginning
First, there were two
different ( Texas & Montana ) people with 2 kids each.
They get together
Oldest to Youngest
& Younger to
My.. My... Grand
Josh & Paula's (3) girls
Shawna's (2) Boys
Our 4 footed babies...
Styx of Mush-Qua-Tahs