HAVRE – Far more than posed, yellowing photos in an old album, Don Greytak’s drawings bring to life a century in rural Montana. One of Montana’s best-known artists, he’s rendered ranches and rodeos, homesteads and harvests, country schools and cattle drives. Greytak can’t remember a time he didn’t draw, and at age 80 he’s not ready to set aside his pencil. “If I had good sense, I’d be in a motorhome somewhere, but I can’t image not doing what I’m doing,” he said. “All I need is one idea for a piece at a time, and it’s always there. I know when I am ready, I’ll have an idea. Greytak’s grandparents were homesteaders in 1914. His parents married in 1930 and bought a relinquished homestead to finish proving up, moving into a one-room shack northwest of Havre near the Canadian border. “That’s the house I was in as a kid,” he said. Homesteading drawings don’t sell like they used to. The generation whose memories they reflected is mostly gone now. “I don’t stray far from my background,” he said. Greytak worked on a ranch after high school. His dad farmed and had cattle, and it was the cattle that most interested him.
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