Craig Edwards was born and raised on a family farm in the Lonesome Prairie region of North Central Montana near Big Sandy.
In 1980 he graduated from Montana State University’s College of Art with emphasis on film and television production. He spent five years as a sharecropper before he began buying into the family farm. In the meantime, Edwards also began working as a commercial photographer, shooting weddings, portraits and other projects for hire. Involvement at the Big Sandy Historical Museum spurred Edwards to move away from commercial photography and instead focus on creating fine art images depicting the local area.
The beauty North Central Montana has long been ignored in favor of Western Montana with its rivers, trees and mountains. While the “other Montana” is certainly beautiful, the east side has a unique beauty all its own. Craig works primarily within a 50-mile radius of Big Sandy, so his images are definitely local. Influenced by the prairie landscape and the people, creatures, and objects that inhabit it, his passion is to showcase the region through his opinionated fine art photography.
He shows his work at his gallery in downtown Big Sandy, and is a regular exhibitor at the Western Heritage Art Show during Russell Art week in Great Falls MT.