JERRY LOCATI sees in shapes and shadow. Whether it is the intricate architectural detail in a home he designs or the way he captures the subtle shading in his figurative drawings, the edge between architecture and art is a fine line. A Montana native, Jerry was raised in a family of artists. His passion for drawing led him to Montana State University’s architectural program where he completed his master’s degree in Architecture and quickly applied his artistic ability and drafting skills to the business of designing buildings. In 1989 he went on to establish Locati Architects in Bozeman, Montana, growing an internationally recognized architectural firm over three decades. Ultimately, that experience as a successful architect, has fostered a unique artistic perspective that influences his work today. Returning to his drawing roots, Locati has put pencil to paper to create works that celebrate composition, light and texture in a new form. Focusing his eye on figurative subjects and wildlife, he renders large-scale images to depict the beauty of the human form or the inspiring intricacy of nature. Utilizing blocks to focus the viewer’s eye on a central point, he lets an intricate puzzle unfold subtly within the frame of each block. Art must speak to you, just like architecture. “Whether it is fine art or fine architecture, the process of creating is part of the same story for Jerry Locati.