I love the scenery on the outskirts of Billings. I've found that I sometimes feel almost claustrophobic in Washington (despite the state's incredible beauty), since I'm so used to the plains of eastern Montana. I can really breathe out here. I also love these Montana storms: they roll in with big beautiful clouds and thunder and lightening, and the rain smells so refreshing. I really miss my Montana storms when I'm in western Washington where the rain is more like a fine mist.
I mostly used palette knives on this painting. The sides are all painted as well (illustrated in the second photo above), so the painting comes ready to hang unframed. You can click on the first photo to see a larger version of the photo that better reveals the textures and the colors.