Ed Jenne says some people have accused him of overdoing it.
The rich layers in the longtime Missoula illustrator's work, however, reward the viewer's attention.
His most recent project is a map of Yellowstone National Park as it was 100 years ago, a personal project he'll be sharing this First Friday.
The poster-sized illustration features a map of the park, surrounded by finely detailed vignettes.
He included its flora and fauna and icons like Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs, interspersed with the human presence: tourists arriving via railroad; the old White Motor Company touring buses; and the now-gone Canyon Hotel.
Jenne started working in technical illustration almost out of high school, and has worked with a variety of local businesses, from Adventure Cycling to Bayern Brewing.
He's made his fair share of maps. Jenne was commissioned to draw maps of Chicago, Missoula and Long Beach that would require several days of researching, walking the streets and taking pictures of every street.
Jenne is experienced with historical research, too. The Bureau of Land Management commissioned an illustrated map of Garnet Ghost Town 100 years in the past, for which he worked with their historians. He's also working on a Fort Harrison project.
He rendered a circa-1940s railroad round house, similar to the one that used to fill the Missoula railyard.
He recently completed a black-and-white line drawing of modern-day Missoula, capturing it just as the Garlington, Lohn and Robinson building began rising on West Broadway.
Jenne will be showing the print at his downtown Missoula office on First Friday, Jan. 6, at 210 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 216, from 4-8 p.m. You can also take a look on his website, edjenne.com.
At E3 Convergence Gallery, two artists from the Von Common collective are collaborating on an exhibition titled "Memory Breaks Us, Memory Makes Us" that confronts childhood abuse.
Artist Adelaide Gale Every has developed lightboxes and found objects as a personal medium, contributing pieces that references women's struggles in the past and the present. Harteis, a ceramic sculptor, crafts children in a warm palette and clothing, but often disturbed expressions that convey unseen wounds.
"Through this body of work, the two artists acknowledge a yearning to gain strength after their experiences while adding perspectives on themes of the human condition," they say in their artist statement.
The opening is First Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 229 W. Main St. For more information, go to e3gallerymissoula.com or call 830-3168.
The Dana Gallery is extending a holiday show, "Three Wise Men," centered around its flagship painter, Robert Moore.
The Idaho artist has mentored numerous artists throughout his career, including two of the Dana's younger landscape painters, Silas Thompson and Caleb Meyer.
While the two seem to have absorbed Moore's reverent view of nature and his unique color system, they have their own distinct approaches to subjects and brush work.
The Dana, 246 N. Higgins Ave., will be open on First Friday from 5-8 p.m. For more information, go to danagallery.com or call 406-721-3154.