Ladd Bjorneby was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana. His mother, a teacher, was a portrait artist and weaver and his father was a jeweler. A neighbor, June Isaacs, taught oil painting in her home and gave Ladd some early lessons. He cannot remember when he was not drawing, painting, or taking photos.
Ladd studied watercolor under Karen Leigh at Flathead Valley Community College in 1976-77. At Pacific Lutheran University, he studied drawing under Dennis Cox, Walt Tomsic and Ernst Schwidder; and landscape painting under Jens Knudsen, graduating with a B.A. in biology in 1980. After two quarters of graduate work at the University of Washington College of Forest Resources, he withdrew to enter seminary. In 1983, Ladd's design was chosen in competition to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. He designed subsequent logos for the fiftieth anniversary of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and for Glacier's seventy-fifth anniversary. His work has been shown in several galleries in Montana, the Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition in Yakima and the Spokane Watercolor Society show.
After thirty years of service in Lutheran congregations, he entered semi-retirement and now has much more time to paint. Having painted in watercolor, oil and acrylic, he is currently focusing on acrylic. Ladd finds peace and joy on his hikes, and hopes his paintings carry some of that to those who find a place for them in their homes and offices.