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I am a former accounting professional who now spends time exploring the creative side I spent most of my life denying even existed. For the past couple of years, I have been combining the technology of CAD software and a CNC laser with wood to create pieces that I have finally developed enough self-confidence to be able to describe as art. I am a member of the Parker Artists Guild and am excited to join a group of creatives even closer to my home in Larkspur!
Native Texan and resident of Castle Rock since 1998, George’s first passion is traveling with his wife of 46 years, with an emphasis on Europe’s small beautiful villages. Retired since 2013 after 40 years in Corporate sales, marketing, and business development, George & Karen have tried to take two major trips per year outside of the U.S. Along the way, George developed a real passion for DSLR photography, but for sure is still learning the craft, and thus has yet to commercialize his work to any great extent. He also continues his love of woodworking, acquired beginning at a very young age from his father who was a Master Craftsman. George and his wife are proud parents of two happily married children, and 3 grandsons and 1 beautiful 3 year old granddaughter.
Megan George is an artist passionate about portraying life in the agriculture industry in her work. Megan was born and raised in Western New York on her family's dairy farm. From an early age, drawing was a constant occupation. She received instruction for several years under the artist Mary Wertz, and was very involved with her local 4-H program; which contributed an endless amount of inspiration for drawing subjects.Her most recent projects are reflecting the western atmosphere and the beautiful animals that accompany it. With a wide range of mediums- from scratchboard to colored pencil to watercolor, she definitely explores the contemporary western scene with boldness.
Evette Goldstein was twelve years old before anyone, including her, became aware of her artistic talent. Her first experience was in drawing characters featured in the Sunday newspaper comic section, but she drew them ten times larger than the originals. She pursued art only as a hobby until much later.
Evette’s education and career were in Aerospace Engineering and she experimented with her artwork to combine her engineering background with her artistic talent and her love of abstract. By incorporating the elements of engineering (math, precision, and geometry) into her artwork, she has created a series of unique abstract watercolors. She adds additional, free-form elements to soften the precision and create motion in her paintings. The experimentation continues and her artwork continues to evolve.
Evette’s current series – Folie à Deux, Let’s Dance, and Imagination – are abstract expressionism and incorporate multi-color layers of acrylic and heavy textures on canvas that invite the viewers to immerse themselves in the depth, motion, and emotion of each unique piece. For her, the true joy of abstract impressionism is the changing perception of each painting depending on the emotional status of the viewer, thus seeing new scenes or shapes as well as interpreting them in new ways.
Evette has had multiple solo shows and has participated in numerous juried shows including two juried by Gwen F. Chanzit, Ph.D., Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum.
Nick Lucey began a career in photojournalism at the age of 18 when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and trained to become a combat correspondent. He was deployed throughout the western Pacific and Asia, attached to infantry and artillery units, and armed with a film camera and notepad. He spent five years in the Public Affairs field, and finished his tour in the Corps as a sergeant at Parris Island, South Carolina.
He then moved to nearby Savannah, Georgia, and worked as a copy editor for the Savannah Morning News, and later as an editor for Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine. In his 15 years at the magazine, he became one of the world’s foremost scuba diving travel photojournalists and industry experts, and his assignments took him to all corners of the globe. In 2008, he co-founded a video production company called LiquidAssets.tv, which traveled the world for three years filming episodes of the travel television show, “Into the Drink,” and his credits included producer, writer, and host. Since then, the show has aired in several countries in every continent except Antarctica, as well as on National Geographic International, Mark Cuban’s HDNet, RetroTV and Outside TV. You can still find the show today on Amazon Prime.
He moved to Castle Rock, Colorado, in 2014, where he set up a photography, design and marketing business called NickLucey.com. He has been very active in the community, ran for town council, was named Citizen of the Year in 2017, and currently serves on the boards of the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation, Help & Hope Center, Downtown Merchants Association, and Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. He founded the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative in 2019 as a way of promoting and growing the Town’s art community.
I love the way a bright flower can bring a smile, or the way a silly colorful bird reminds us of summer or a special trip we took. I can't stop collecting beautiful images of the flowers in my own garden, my mother's garden, along the roadside, or next to the restaurant where I just had lunch. Beauty is EVERYWHERE! My paintings are my way of keeping the flowers from ever fading away.
Driven by an insatiable curiosity (OK. Some call it nosiness) and a sense of wonder about the world around her, Jeanne has loved capturing "moments" since picking up her first camera decades ago. She grew up on the Texas coast with two brothers who shared a love for adventure and exploration. Saltwater and the rhythms of nature are in her blood; so is a passion for travel and exploration, which often leads her in new creative directions in her photography and mixed media art. Living or a few years in Sicily transformed how she looks at the world. Now her work often focuses on destinations from around the world as well as her adopted state of Colorado and the fascinating people who are part of this wonderful world. When she makes a photograph or creates a painting, it’s part of her story. But she hopes that something resonates with you as you look at her work and reminds you of your story, too.
I am an 18 year old artist who is inspired by personalities. I love creating portraits of all different styles. Instead of using body positions or facial expressions, I use colors and different shapes to capture the essence of the person pictured. I am heading to University of Colorado Boulder in the fall, minoring in art! I am so excited to expand my knowledge of art and learn more skills.
Traditionally trained artist that takes a fantastical view of the world. Whether painting, sculpting, or photographing, I enjoy adding the "not so obvious" into my work. Life is too short not to have fun.
Hi! I'm Zoey Holdaway, an 18-year-old "cartoon portrait artist", a mural artist, and a sketch artist. I mostly draw and paint faces that are a bit distorted, but I also paint jackets, design song cover art, carve wood, design clothes, and more. My drawings show the variety of what my art abilities are!
Christine Rose Curry’s acrylic PAINTINGS and MURALS are created with vibrant colors, funky designs, and representational imagery. These elements interact with the viewer through visual narration, and storytelling. Her PAINTINGS typically incorporate dark humor, social, political ideas, and/or environmental extremes. Her most recent body of work, RuiNation, was exhibited at EDGE Gallery. RuiNation, features artworks made from plastic trash, and visual commentary, to display the hazards of single-use plastics, and their impact on the environment. While her paintings take a darker-side, she realizes that gas masks, skulls, politics, and dark humor aren’t for everyone’s living room. The majority of her MURALS are for the public to enjoy. This interaction inspires her to introduce a more light-hearted narration, along with blasts of color, to hopefully add some happiness to the world.
Public Murals and Art in Castle Rock:
Alleyway Mural, at Castle Rock Bike & Ski
Lobby Area & Restroom, at Crowfoot Valley Coffee
Colorado Flag & Music Stage, at Maddie’s Biergarten
Featured Artist, at Crowfoot Valley Coffee
Featured Artist, at Castle Rock Music
Artist in the Private Collection of Raising Cane’s, Caste Rock, exhibited in the Dining Area
All of Christine’s public murals have been mapped out, and their locations can be found on this link: wescover.com/creator/christine-rose-curry
Christine Rose Curry has a BFA with painting emphasis from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Currently, she's an Associate Member at EDGE Gallery, in the 40 West Arts District, and in the past, a Full Member at Zip37 Gallery, in the Navajo Arts District.
She grew up in Castle Rock. Today, her art studio is located in Louviers, where she resides with her husband and cats. Christine actively participates in gallery art shows, and art events. Please visit her social media sites to see current exhibitions.
Art Exhibitions (upcoming and past):
- July-August 2020: Featured Artist, at EDGE Gallery
- February 2020: Viva Casa Bonita, juried exhibition, at NEXT Gallery
- January 2020: EDGE 2020, member’s exhibition at, EDGE Gallery
- December 2019: Small Wonders, holiday art show at, EDGE Gallery
- July 2019: RuiNation, solo art show at, EDGE Gallery
- March 2019: Street Circus, 40west arts district exhibition, at EDGE Gallery
- January 2019: Retrospective, member’s exhibition, at EDGE Gallery
- December 2018: Small Wonders, Holiday Art Show, at EDGE Gallery
- October 2018: Closing Wake, member’s exhibition, at Zip37 Gallery
- April 2018: Denver 5280, member’s exhibition, at Zip37 Gallery
John loves being an artist in Colorado. “Living in this state allows me to really enjoy all the aspects of Western landscape painting and being able to be outside in all seasons as inspiration for my work”. John loves to paint on location as he values the sights, sounds and smells of nature. This allows him the opportunity to experience first hand what his clients enjoy, enables his creativity, and helps him incorporate those feelings into a painting or drawing.
John was born, and raised in Nebraska; however, he now lives in the beautiful state of Colorado. The Colorado landscape allows him to enjoy the outdoors and gives him opportunities to paint many great aspects of the Western Landscape such as: mountains, wildlife, roaring rivers, streams, and all that nature provides. He was gifted with the ability to paint and draw and is self-taught; however, he has had the opportunity and privilege to have mentored with a few other artists. Recently, John mentored with Professional Artist Jay Moore (Parker, Colorado) through his mentorship program. “This priceless experience was amazing ~ learning from a master artist like Jay was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. This has certainly provided a jump start for me in becoming a better professional artist”. John also recalls a great story when he was very young. He would always get in trouble from the teachers in school for sketching in class. “When I was in fifth grade a teacher finally told my mother that everyone should allow me to pursue what I liked to do and that I had talent”. To this day, John remembers this teacher (Mrs. Jennings) as a very positive influence in his pursuit of drawing and painting professionally.
John has a college degree in architecture and worked in this field for a few years before moving into sales and marketing opportunities. His work experiences have allowed him to be successful and to develop many personal relationships; however, he never lost the passion for drawing and painting.
He continues to learn new concepts, refine his skills, and build on what he has learned from others as an artist. All of his works are original paintings and drawings completed specifically for each client based on their personal story, surroundings, emotions, and what’s important to them and their families.
“The best part of being an artist for me is listening carefully to each client’s story as they describe their experiences of what they would like me to capture within their personal piece of art. This may be a story of their parent’s ranch, cabin, favorite lake or fishing spot, scenery from a hiking trail, or other places they would like to capture on canvas.”
Raised on a ranch north of Ordway, Andy has deep roots on the Eastern Plains and the Lower Arkansas Valley of Colorado; his family has been ranching or farming in the region since the beginning of the Twentieth Century. A self-taught artist, Andy's formal education was in Technical Drafting. Currently living near Parker, Colorado, he has spent the last twenty-five years in the engineering industry, designing and drawing plans for bridges and other structures. During that time, his attention to his art was limited, but he returned to drawing with a renewed interest at the beginning of 2019. Andy’s ability to visualize 3-dimensionally plays an integral role in his work in both structural design and fine art.
Focusing on Western Art in dry media including graphite and charcoal, his work primarily depicts contemporary ranch scenes, and his subjects are friends, family, and neighbors who continue to live and work in rural Southeastern Colorado. Working in dry media allows Andy to have the control necessary to achieve fine detail. He strives for realism, not only through meticulous rendering, but also in authentically depicting the true working ranch lifestyle, rather than a romanticized or fantastical version.
Jennifer is a free lance make-up artist and a Colorado licensed esthetician-specializing in make-up, skincare, and eyelash extensions. She graduated from the Aveda Institute Denver in July of 2011 . This artist is a Colorado native , growing up in the Boulder area, and moved to Castle Rock with her family 5 years ago.
In 2009, Jess Sorel launched his creative practice, sorelstudio, enabling him to focus his energy on his core passion of furniture design for the office while also broadening his experience into other realms of interest; including healthcare, outdoor, hospitality and higher education markets. sorelstudio’s work has been recognized both domestically and internationally with multiple industry awards.
sorelstudio’s list of clients include: Davis, Tuohy, Nucraft, Decca, Coalesse, Geiger, Nemschoff/Herman Miller, Leland, West Coast Industries, Eko Contract, InMovement and Landscape Forms.
Jess holds numerous design and utility patents and his work has been featured in Abitare, Azure, Blueprint, Contract, Domus, Dwell, Fast Company, I.D. Magazine, Interior Design and Metropolis as well as many design blogs and online publications.
I am a CPA by profession. I spent most of my career in financial services in NYC. I moved to Colorado in 2011. Once my youngest was off to college, I watched some you tube videos, took some online classes and explored several mediums and styles of painting. I have settled into acrylic painting, usually adding in mediums such as gels and pastes giving me the ability to “sculpt” on the canvas, a technique known as impasto.
I reside in Castle Rock, Colorado and Westerly, Rhode Island with my husband Sal.
For the past 20 years, I've done watercolor painting intermittently, while I worked as an education consultant. I don't have an art education background--I'm mostly self-taught, especially in the beginning. For several years, I painted the buildings in Fairplay, Colorado in whimsical styles and sold several of those works. Twice, I participated in the Fairplay Plein Air Art Festival and sold all of those works. In the past year, I've taken some classes again — a Steve Griggs workshop and classes by Kristine Orr and Cindy Welch — to get my painting "juices" going again.
In December 2019, I was invited to put two small paintings in the Show "Small Wonders" at the Edge Gallery in Lakewood. This month, January 24-February 9, I'm placing two more paintings in the Edge Gallery Open Show, "Beyond Botanic."My husband, John (who also paints), and I have lived in Castle Rock 2 years now and are finally retired!
I’m a 26 year old Castle Rock native. I love to paint and draw just as much as I love being outside.
I am a local artist working primarily with resin. I also use alcohol inks and a bit of mixed media as well. While I have always been interested in art, I am fairly new to the art world and looking to expand in growth and opportunities.
I am a Castle Rock resident since 1993. I work full time, enjoy my children and grandchildren and have a passion for creating beautiful pieces of art.
Eric Echeverria is a Colorado native who has been working to develop and refine his artistic skills for most of his life.
Growing up on the eastern side of Denver, he took an interest in the power and beauty of nature's storms from an early age. His love for these natural events has only strengthened over the years becoming his focus for his most recent works.
Beginning with pencil and ink drawings he quickly reached out to oil and watercolor painting to expand his experience. Through the years Eric has dabbled in many nontraditional mediums including paper and wire sculpture but feels as though he has found his niche working with pastels.
Eric has recently opened Echeverria Fine Arts with the hope to share his experiences and emotions through his work with the world, with the ultimate goal of helping people to see the beauty within everyday locations and experiences that are far too often overlooked.
I studied art at Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in art education. I have work experience: as a pre-k through 5th-grade art teacher, graphic artist, free-lance artist, faux painter, muralist, potter and pottery teacher.
Currently, I am focused on both painting and ceramics. In my impressionist painting in acrylics, I like to experiment with a variety of techniques and subject matters. In ceramics, I'm always trying to improve my forms and surface decoration.
While teaching pottery at the Castle Rock Rec. Center, I try to instill in my students to enjoy the process of creating art. It's important to be patient and kind with ourselves when learning a new medium and appreciate our efforts ... as we learn from both our failures and our successes.
My name is Jay Norris and I'm from Castle Rock, Colorado. I've always been artistic and in high school began studying photography. Education, family, and adulthood took up most of my time until 2004 when I attended the Valorie Snyder Art studio in Littleton and later began taking acrylic painting lessons from professional artist Michael Carroll in Littleton. It was then that painting became my passion! I love the people and beauty of Colorado and often combine them in my paintings. I have exhibited in juried art festivals and statewide, national, and international exhibits and am an award winning artist. My work has been purchased by customers worldwide, and I have done commissioned worked throughout the nation.
Tom Delaney started painting at the age of 10, receiving an art scholarship to college. However, he decided to go the business route earning his MBA and a long career in Corporate America. After a 30 year hiatus, Tom returned to his first love, art. His mission is to inspire and motivate other to overcome their personal obstacles. His art style is Malerisch (or Painterliness) which is a German term meaning "Celebration of Paint."
Kassandra Van Ghle has been expressing herself creatively through painting for over thirty years. Primarily self-taught, art has been a passion of hers through many domestic and international moves. Inspired by the greats and a flair for pushing creative boundaries with color, Kassandra's work is more heavily noted as dreamy impressionist with an ultimate goal of making the viewer feel an emotional tug. One of her favorite things about art and what continues to bring her back to the easel again and again is that creativity has no rules, doesn't care who you are, and has the ability to inspire that freedom in another either by sharing a piece of work, or introducing the experience to someone else.
In 1940, my family was resettled from a small German farming community in Besserabia, Romania/Ukraine, Russia to “New Germany,” which is now Poland. That is where I was born. After 5 years of working a farm, the family fled west to avoid advancing Russian troops. In 1948, we finally ended up in a refugee camp in Weisau Germany, in the American sector. Four years, went by before we were finally sponsored to immigrate to the United States. In 1952 we settled in, as sugar beet laborers, as repayment for our passage to America, in Sterling Colorado! I started painting after a long career as a hair stylist/color educator and beauty salon owner. My daughters took me to a “Sip and Paint” party and I was hooked. I’m semi-retired now, living in Castle Rock. My main pleasures in life are playing golf, acrylic painting and enjoying my 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Life long maker. Creator of inspired spaces, both physical and fanciful. Striving to capture the fragile, temporary moments between bloom and fade. Mediums: oil, open acrylic, photography, clay, fibers, plant, soil, object, food, drink, people, places.
I couldn't make art. And I wouldn't sew.
I was known in my family for these things (among others.)
But my lack of artistic training didn't stop me from creating.
For several years, I "published" a weekly newsletter called
"The deGruy Family News." It was funny and newsy and full
of amazing stick figure drawings that were some of my best
I didn't go to professional art school but I went to
Ger's School for the Artistically Impaired.
I read everything I could get my hands on about art technique and started making.
Reading, making, classes, making, looking, making.
For years. And still.
It adds up and works together, all that learning and making.
From cards, to jewelry to polymer clay to art quilts/fiber art to collage and mixed media to painting (AND BEYOND!)
I am an artist.
Kaylie was born in South Korea and has lived in Castle Rock since 2018. She finished her BFA degree in painting at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is the first Korean/American generation in her family and has an extensive background in dual culturalism between South Korea and the United States. Kaylie expressed this technique through overlays of multiple subjects with exquisite layering and meticulous details in her paintings as her signature style.
Currently she travels with her husband to explore other countries and to revisit South Korea to capture various moments of life to inspire her art work
have been creative and artistic my entire life but only now taking it to the next level. I have always been a part of the art world in some way including being a tour guide (aka Docent) for 18 years at major museums and other venues. I am currently spending my creative time on "MIXED MEDIA" projects both on wood panel and 3D box sculptures. I like to tell a story in my work and I am building my portfolio with that in mind. I am in process of setting up my website. I want to expand my capabilities and visibility but also support other artists and expand the arts in my community.
3-D Design has always fascinated me. I attended Philadelphia College of Art & went back to school at age 50 and acquired an Interior Design Degree
I was born and raised on a farm in northern Colorado. After farming, I traded my corral poles for paintbrushes, my shover for a pallet knife, and here I am. Me and my paintings. Together with my beautiful wife Debbie, we have settled in a quaint little town called Castle Rock.
Colin Shreffler has a passion for learning and he has leveraged that skill to fully experience and immerse himself in various areas of interest throughout his life. Colin began his career with a short stint at NASA after completing his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Maryland. He is a self-taught Computer Scientist and has been working as a Software Engineer for over 24 years. Colin’s other areas of interest include playing the guitar, performing in musicals, adventure motorcycling, creating computer automated control devices for the Internet of Things, Ham Radio (Technician Class), coaching girl’s volleyball, and serving the community as a Scout Master and Army Veteran. He also has a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a certified shooting instructor.
Colin’s most recent passion, Photography, has enabled him to explore the world with new eyes. It provides the perfect balance of technical acumen and artistic wonder. He enjoys photographing anything beautiful and shares this passion with his wife, Stacie, as they set out to explore their beautiful home state of Colorado.
Holley VanBenthuysen is a local artist who loves to paint in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. As she reflects, "beauty comes from the diversity of life's experiences." Holley seeks to capture that beauty and inspiration through her work. She infuses her colorful paintings with vibrant energy and a love of nature that deeply connects with her audience, so they may find beauty in the ordinary.
The attached artwork is shown in a feature article from Authority Magazine about my art journey during the Pandemic. See link below:
Personal Instagram Art Account: https://www.instagram.com/holleyvart/
Michelle is a transplanted Marylander loving life in Castle Rock. She works with clay to make jewelry and home decor and can usually be found chasing a toddler or drinking too much Arnold Palmer.
Dan Levinson is a Highlands Ranch, Colorado-based artist who recently completed the mural of Philip S. Miller on the side of the SmarterChaos building in downtown Castle Rock. He was born in Durango and was educated in art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and the University of Colorado in Boulder.
I was born and raised in Russia and I currently live in Castle Rock. Since I was a child I wanted to be an artist, however, for some reason I chose a different path. I received a degree in mathematics and computer science and have worked as a math teacher and an early childhood educator. Even though the artist calling was quiet, it was still there. After almost a decade battle between sense and feelings, I have decided to pursue my childhood dream to become an artist. As I am making baby steps on the artist path, I am discovering new techniques in drawing as well as painting.
Born in the South, Parke traveled the country with her father who was in the Air Force, and eventually wound up in Colorado Springs. She attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her mother was an artist, so she was always playing around with paints growing up. When she got married, she followed her Air Force husband around the world, including a three-year tour in Venezuela, where she learned Spanish. She then moved back stateside, went back to school for her masters, and taught high school for 25 years. She retired in Castle Rock in 2010, and has been painting ever since.
A native of Colorado and retired English professor and academic administrator, I'm a (mostly) self-taught artist, working in oil, acrylic, and pastel mediums. I tend to alternate between representational and abstract subjects, finding that switching representational to abstract painting forces me to free up my mind and loosen up my painting. Similarly, switching from oil to acrylic to pastels allows me to appreciated the benefits and challenges of each medium. While I don't aspire to be a professional artist, I do enjoy the opportunities CRAC provides to show my work to fellow artists and the public.
Teressa Mahoney is a singer/songwriter, photographer, graphic designer and soap maker in Colorado. On most summer Sunday evenings, you’ll find her on her front porch, singing to a gaggle of family, neighbors and friends while they merrily throw corn hole bags and eat and drink interesting things. Her albums Beyond (2019) and Made New (2017) can be found on all major music platforms as well as her website, teressamahoney.com. You’ll find her #gratuitiousbeautyphotography on Instagram
I am a nurse who gets bored and needed a hobby.
I am a Colorado native contemporary artist whose love for the sensual elements of color and light fuels the poetic balance of her intuitive abstracts and detailed portraits.
Little things, big hearts, and wide open spaces.
Robert Quimby grew up in rural Western Nebraska, immersed in a ranching, farming, and small-town culture. He attended Midland College in Fremont, Neb., where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in Fine Art.
Quimby is known for his pencil but is branching out with watercolor and plein air painting. “Pencil is bold, graphic, and I can make a pencil do much more than a paint brush. It’s very pleasing to me that I can get such a variety of tones and depth from it. However I’m enjoying the challenges of watercolors and plein air painting.”
Though he worked in a variety of corporate situations--both as a creative director and a creator—pencil drawing has always been a way for him to express himself and relieve stress. Despite only working part-time on his art, he garnered local and national attention including the likes of Western Horseman magazine, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Phippen Art Show, Spirit of Cheyenne, and many other solo and juried exhibitions and residencies.
“This is what I know and it is my way of staying involved in this life,” Quimby says. “I only draw what I get excited about. For me, there’s no greater icon than the American cowboy.”
Critics have said Quimby’s works “evoke a well-worn, easy comfort, while others reach out and grab the viewer with their strong contrasts and detail.” Others note his “skill in the layering of tones and shades” and his “finely detailed drawings.”
Now, Quimby has transitioned to full-time artistry, enrolling in workshops and spending more time on ranches and with cowboys.
“I feel a little like I’m starting over,” he says. “I don’t know that at 25 years ago I would have the same passion or commitment that I have now.”
I think there’s sawdust in my blood. My Dad was a master carpenter and I’ve been doing woodworking most of my life. When I had a regular job I did it for stress relief. Now, in retirement, I do it for sheer pleasure.
I spent 35 years in different phases of construction, mostly in purchasing and construction management. But eventually I got over it!
Western Log Creations started when we built a new house and had to take down 2 trees, then cleared 2 more that died of the Ips Beetle. I split some 4’ logs with a chain saw and made half-log benches. Later I had some logs sawed into rough lumber so I could make more stuff. Finally I made a business out of it and got my own sawmill and set up a real woodworking shop.
I’ve been at this since 2003 and continue to improve the shop and develop new ideas for product. My standard products can be viewed on my website at WesternLogCreations.com but I really enjoy the custom requests. I plan on doing this as long as the Good Lord and my health allows. I love it and get great satisfaction of people enjoying my creations!
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Picasso
I would say that some form of art has always occupied my life. My mother was a talented watercolorist & I have many fond memories going to art classes with her or hanging out in her studio space on our covered patio as a child. Over the years, I would dabble in sketching & other mediums in school, & later, in college, I studied photography. But upon entering the corporate world in my 20’s, that became just a hobby. In the 90’s, my sister introduced me to the world of scrapbooking & from there I began following several mixed media artists & expressing my creativity through art journaling, assemblage & collage.
I don’t think I truly discovered my passion for painting until a series of life events took place in my 40’s. Art became my escape, my therapy in navigating the twists & turns life has thrown at me. I began devouring online classes & attending a few art retreats, learning how to paint abstractly, intuitively. Over the past 12+ years, I have entered a few local art shows & festivals, as well as ran a small “paint & sip” business from my home while raising my family in the beautiful state of Colorado.
I tend to work on several canvases at a time, placing layers of markings with different mediums & paint on the canvas until it’s either “done”, or a vision begins to form. I love to add personal writings, patterned papers & doodles to the backgrounds – anything that adds more texture to play with as I layer the paint on! I love it when there are hidden gems in the layers that either I know are there or are discoverable as you gaze at a piece.
Inspiration can come from many different things - an image, a color palette, a feeling or an experience & then the canvas becomes a little more structured, such as a flowers in a vase, a little house on a hill or a bit of whimsy, such as a colorful animal. However inspiration comes, it is always a fantastic journey!
Finn’s work glitches and harmonizes Basquiat’s lines and Miro’s colors with goofball Warner Brothers animation and the steady, passionate geometry of kid art. His trademarks include deep-rooted primary colors (particularly green and black), rock-solid craftsmanship, sculptural elements, and found or floating frames. Many of Finn’s works start as sketches on coasters or in corners of other paintings, then stretch and zoom along until their final form. In this way, all his work is in constant, vibrant conversation. A lifelong painter, Finn exhibits in group and solo shows across the U.S., and he places work in private collections of all kinds.
In his naturally-lit apartment, which is also his studio, Finn keeps busy on four or five paintings at once. He never uses an easel, preferring instead to lay works-in-progress directly on the floor, then building and carving thick layers of paint with brushes, cardboard, and wooden skewers in a ritualistic, full-body practice. Works and conversations build as the light changes and layers dry. Then an eye, ear, or arm locks into place, and finally, the composition pops in an a-ha moment Finn usually describes as a greeting: a sudden, satisfying familiarity. This moment is often also funny, sharp, or tender: an easy understanding belying the humble hours and decades he dedicates to each piece.
“Too much of a good thing is wonderful”, says May West, a 1930’s Hollywood star. I’m inspired by her marvelous attitude and gall to say it out loud. I’m a former Makeup and Hair Artist from Hollywood. I learned there and then, to act it out loud with hair art and theatrical face contouring. My creative past is allowing me now to get creative on canvas. Southwest contemporary art is my first love, runner up being pop. Both have inspired me to be bold with color, unique with dark faces, and an over all random style. My personal quote: “Too much of a good thing, like art, can be Fabulous!”. And now, I’m staring in my own new life as an Artist.
Event and urban landscape photography and writing
Terry studied painting and illustration under Dale Amburn when he attended Wawasee College Preparatory. Because of the relationship they formed while Terry studied under him, Dale turned into a second father figure and lifelong friend. Beginning in Terry’s senior year in high school, he was enrolled as a college freshman at Indiana University - Fort Wayne in architectural studies. This included studies at the Fort Wayne Institute of Art.
Terry is retired from tenant finish architecture. He was the founder and CEO of McDermott Planning & Design in Denver for nearly 35 years. Currently, Terry resides with his wife among the hills of Castle Rock, Colorado. Now is free to pursue fine art to express his creativity.
Tadashi Hayakawa, an internationally recognized artist is also an inspiration to Terry, displaying abstract works of art with energy and color. In 2017 Tadashi presented Terry with a Cal Turner award. Terry’s art reflects Dale’s southwestern influence as well as Tadashi’s abstract and zen style, but Terry’s largest inspiration and influence is drawn from the southwestern landscape of his surroundings. Using oil paints as his favorite medium, Terry captures the peaceful essence of Colorado and New Mexico’s beautifully spanning landscapes and ever-changing skies. He uses bright colors to translate awe, inspiring and breathtaking sunsets, and dually uses a neutral palette to demonstrate the diversity that these landscapes evoke.
Cindy Welch - Beautiful color and water! What could be more exciting! I enjoyed painting with watercolor in art school in my early years. However, I majored in graphic design and didn’t paint again until I re-discovered my love of it in 2007. Having worked with a number of different mediums, I found watercolor to be the most exciting and challenging. The transparency sets it apart from all other mediums. Mingling colors, mixing of water and paint, pouring and masking. There’s always something new to discover. It’s hard to control which is part of the fun . . . the outcome can be a total surprise! I paint from my own photographs of nature and local scenes. My passion is color and creating an image more exciting to the viewer with beautiful hues, while maintaining realism. The image must be something that stirs an emotion or a memory for me, and hopefully, for my viewers.
Recent exhibitions and honors include:
• Douglas County Fair & Rodeo 100th Year Art Contest, 2018 - 1st Place
• Lone Tree Art Expo, 2018 - 2nd Place, 2019 1st and 2nd Place in Watercolor
• This Is Colorado Art Exhibit, 2018 - 2nd Place
• PAG Romancing the Arts, 2019 - 1st Place
• Pikes Peak International Watermedia, 2018, 2019
• Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show, 2018, 2019 - Gallery sponsored award
• Colorado Watercolor Society State Show, 2018, 2019
• Southern Colorado Watercolor Society 2020 - Honorable Mention
• Featured in the book Splash, showcasing the best of watercolor from around the world in 2017 and 2019
• Featured in several issues of Southwest Art Magazine
Rose Legge loves drawing in her sketchbook, hand-dyeing fabric, and stitch. She writes, teaches, and is always open to trying a new surface design technique. Her work has been shown regionally, nationally, and internationally.
For the love of art! There's so much beauty in this world and we, being made in the image of our Creator, are compelled to create as well. Love and light!
Artist, educator, designer and maker, Amanda Kerr is a wife and mother of 3. A long time resident of Castle Rock Colorado, Amanda has an BFA from UW-Milwaukee in theater production and a Masters of Education from Regis University in Denver. Currently, she teaches ceramics and jewelry at Castle View High School.
Her work ranges from traditional to very expressive and modern depending on what moves her in the moment. After viewing an exhibit at Denver Art Museum on Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, her love of using cardboard and other materials as her "canvas" was revived and the juxtaposition of fine art and frames with the torn edges of the cardboard appeal to her love of texture and contradiction. Her paintings are often layered with textures from either acrylic mediums or from fabric, tissue or lace, is thick with paint and gilded with gold, silver and copper leaf.
With her mural and commission work, Amanda strives to create an avenue for the values of an organization to be communicated visually through pleasing works of art. Amanda works closely with the goals and vision of the home or business owner to create serenity or excitement.
Angela Martinez is a local Castle Rock photographer specializing in Fine Art Photography, as well as Portrait and Commercial Photography. Angela is a Colorado native who grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. She began pursuing an interest in photography in 6th grade during a class trip to the mountains and has been taking photos ever since. She has a BS in Business Administration with a Minor in Vocal Performance and enjoys anything creative, such as cake decorating, art, marketing, and singing. With a passion for the outdoors, Angela loves using her perspective in photography to bring out and capture life's unique beauty.
Her prints are available for sale and you can check out her work on her Facebook and Instagram platforms.
I was born and raised in Larkspur, Colorado. Art and the outdoors have always been my greatest passions.
Jo Frary’s passion for Art, Architecture, and Design can be traced back to her childhood where she loved taking rides with her family through her city’s old neighborhoods. The grand old Victorian and Craftsman houses were her favorites. She pursued art classes in both high school, and at Colorado State University where she majored in Interior Design. In all of her work, she chooses to work with pure, saturated color mostly, rather than neutrals, as is reflected in her own home. This passion for color is also influenced by time spent in her gardens; and florals often find a place in her alcohol ink paintings. Having followed her husband around the world in his military career, living in England and Germany also has had an impact on her work. These days, Jo tries to practice living by this quote attributed to Dale Carnegie, “the essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”
The woman behind the creations - I am Muencharts with a cape to prove it! Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lived life: on the wild, sunny side mostly in Tucson, Az but now all over Colorado, too Trained: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, formal studies in Guadalajara, Jalisco and Florence, Italy. Still kicking: Kristen has been working in the arts for over 30 years.
Creative Cork Paint & Wine aims to bring a fun interactive way for people in Castle Rock to reconnect with their creativity. Group classes are scheduled online. We also have walls available for monthly rental, giving local artists a place to show their work and have openings. The space is also available for private event rental.
Natalie Raffield was born in South Africa and now lives in Castle Rock, Colorado. She obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Digital Arts from Red Rocks Community College. The artist divides her work between photography, painting, and videography with the subject matter between wildlife and people.
Preserving our natural heritage on Earth is to her, becoming one of our fundamental issues for survival. She feels honored to be able to help organizations with her art to promote understanding and love for nature. In northern Ontario, Canada, in 2006 she managed a community banner art project with fifty artists.
In 2004 she was one of nineteen Ducks Unlimited artists to have their work printed and sold in aid of Canadian wetland conservation. She has donated works to Southern Tanzania Elephant Project, Opportunity Canada, Bogoso Women's Breast Cancer Prevention, AfricAid, Nature Artists and David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
I am an award-winning fine art railroad photographer based in Centennial, Colorado. I combine both the incredible Colorado landscapes and the rich history of mountain railroading. As one looks at my work, they experience the sounds, smells, and the beauty of our treasured West. I photograph all over the state of Colorado where steam engines on the narrow gauge are still king.
My favorite place to photograph is still the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge RR. I especially prefer the autumn season when snow blankets the high mountain peaks. My choices to photograph have spectacular environs and compliment the power of the trains. A thundering steam engine is a joy to photograph and the viewer is transformed to a time long gone.
I am the sole artist in the Caboose Gallery, a gallery in Littleton, housed in an authentic 1880s Chicago/Burlington/Quincy wooden caboose. The atmosphere is a perfect locale for my color and black and white images, many created on infused aluminum. My Denver's Union Station photographic portfolio is an ongoing project receiving much public acclaim.
John Hames stars, directs and writes American Car Prospector, which is a Reality Run and Gun Docudrama. American Car Prospector follows eclectic Colorado Cowboy and Car enthusiast John Hames as he scours distant sites, out of the way locations, back lots and back yards to find what is left of the vehicles that have been instrumental in creating our Car Culture. Unlike the average car show on the air today, The American Car Prospector does not seek to fully restore and sell to the highest bidder, or put away these vehicles for 'posterity' or 'investment'. Some of our favorite guests are still driving '55 Savoys or '69 Camaros. They aren't winning any restoration awards, they won't be on the line at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance or be featured at Amelia Island, but they hold the highest regard in the hearts and minds of their owners.
These are the stories The American Car Prospector seeks to tell their viewers, many of whom will have their own stories and cars to share.
I have a BFA and enjoy drawing and painting. I am currently recovering from a shoulder injury and I am not producing much work at this time. So happy to have CRAC in Castle Rock! Would like to support at the artist level, but will probably not have enough work to show this year.
Hello, I'm Jana! I'm an expressive watercolor artist. Watercolor is my treasure trove of discovery and alchemy. Watercolor is an alluring medium; I love the transparency, luminosity, portability, and foremost, the fluidity of watercolor. Painting with watercolor is like a partner dance, we are in sync dancing to the same rhythm and beat, but also allow each other our own personal space to move. It's magical and captivating how colors merge with one another, and a blank page comes alive.
I unapologetically paint the feminine: awe-inspiring beauty — flowers, foliage, seasonality, adornment, a theater of dreams with flourishes of fantasy. Observing nature is a continual source of solace, vitality and gratitude. And on the flip side of loveliness, I don't shy away from painting the ugly, dark, undercurrents of loss and pain. I paint the full chromatic spectrum; from the glorious, featherlight, palace of wonder to the heavy, hidden depths of despair from our wounds. The journey between duality, the Yin & Yang, the Beauty & the Beast, the universal complexity of life. Exploring a world of emotions that connect us.
I believe in the power of transformation and I'm fascinated with metamorphosis. May a kaleidoscope of butterflies always surround you.
Retired teacher, life-long artist. I work in lots of different media. Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, encaustic, photo image, and mixed media. My playground is art journaling. I welcome people to my studio for "open studio" time, and I am always happy to share what I know about technique, and to learn from others.
I believe the most important part of any work is message, story, and focus. Oddly enough, I am often challenged by message, story and focus in my work.
After 20 successful years in Interior Design and Decorative & Faux Wall Art, my real passion is in taking the mediums that worked for me on walls and furniture and using those to express myself on canvas. I’m exploring new and exciting applications that I feel are unique and exciting.
I am a Colorado native, calling Castle Rock my home since 1999. After earning a BA in Studio Art from Colorado Women's College, I worked as a graphic artist/illustrator for various ad agencies and printing companies. I took time off to raise 3 wonderful children, and am now able to create artwork again with renewed enthusiasm.
I have my artwork on display at several coffee shops, galleries, and venues in Castle Rock, Parker, Denver, Golden & Colorado Springs. Please check out my website for locations.
I volunteer with the Parker Artists Guild & the Philip S Miller Library, putting together community art shows. I also teach a couple of aerobics classes at the Castle Rock Recreation Center.
I started making jewelry in the mid 1970’s after working for a jewelry company in Tucson Arizona.
After the birth of my son, I put away my jewelry supplies so that I could take care of home and return to college. It was almost 20 years later that I took up jewelry making again in Boise Idaho. I was part of a group of artists that opened up a storefront in downtown Boise called Idaho Made.
After moving to Colorado , I continued making jewelry selling at Boho Marketplace in Castle Rock, Farmers Markets, Art Fest and other venues.
People always wonder what the meaning of the name Homegrown Jewelry is - and I tell them that the jewelry is an organic product made at my home. My inspiration for my work comes from nature, it’s colors and simplicity. I’ve had a life long interest in geology and gemstones, and their meanings are the theme of what I design. I continue to learn new techniques and create new designs and often put a twist on what’s trending.
I am an artist and art educator living in Castle Rock, Colorado. I share a home with my husband, Brian, and two dogs, Jack and Zero. I graduated from Cleveland State University in Ohio in 1995 with a degree in art education. I received a Masters in Arts Education from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts in 2004. I currently teach art at Lewis-Palmer Middle School in Monument, Colorado, and I am the Jury Chair for the Castle Rock Artfest. I believe that art is the purest expression of human beings. Whether through the visual arts, music, literature, craft, dance, architecture, or design. Art is purely human. The art I create is from my thoughts, feelings, and the life around me. Whether it is pencil or paint, mixed media or nature. I create art to make a mark on this life.
I’ve always found myself drawn to art, and while I’ve enjoyed many different mediums since I was a child, I’ve recently learned my true passion lies in ceramics. I am passionate about learning, pushing myself to study as many techniques as possible and found wheel throwing and carving to be my favorite. I make everything from mugs and yarn bowls to lanterns and fruit bowls, but especially enjoy custom work, pulling inspiration from my customers and their special requests.
Adrienne Sommers started out as a self taught artist her last year in the Army and has continued to paint ever since. She currently lives in Castle Rock, Co and grew up in Hawaii and Tennessee for the most part before joining the Army. She has furthered her artistic classes at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Denver Students Art League, among various artist led workshops. Her favorite artist led workshop she participated in was of the late Nancy Condit, of Sand Dollar Gallery in Denver off of Pearl Street. Art is a premiere passion in her life and it is her way to feel more like herself when she is immersed in art and her connection to the beauty of life.
Adrienne’s chosen medium is oil, however she creates in watercolor and other mediums such a pastels. She is also a photographer and has participated in a Veterans Photography Workshop through the Colorado Photography Arts Center, CPAC, in Denver, which showcased a photography exhibition in January 2020. Her photography project is of American war veterans. She draws inspiration from a variety of sources such as movies and music as well as daily doses of visual art from other artists. Her favorite artists are Edgar Degas and Gustav Klimt. She prefers to paint in an abstract and expressionistic style.
She has showed work in several galleries on the Santa Fe art district in Denver to include Kanon art gallery, Kashi Kari art gallery, Grace gallery, and the VFW Post #1. She has participated in several art auctions for good causes at both the Center for the Arts Evergreen in 100 for $100 and Artwork Network on Santa Fe. She has shown work at Edge Gallery and also has work up at the Denver VA medical center. She took 1st place in watercolors at the Denver Veterans Creative Arts Festival in 2017.
Jacqueline Shuler is a seasoned painter, graphic designer, calligrapher, author and teacher, living a creative life for the past fifty years. So much fun! Breaking barriers of style and artistic rules keep her working daily, manipulating colors and shapes. Inspired by nature and her inner vision, Jacqueline creates images that can best be described as “Energy in Color." She is currently creating digital paintings, which can be seen on her Pixels.com site.
With fifty years of experience in design, color theory, composition, calligraphy, drawing and painting, I can now create intuitively with a solid foundation of composition skills and color sensitivity. As a person focused on the spiritual aspects of life, I am most comfortable in simple awareness. It is in this state that I lose all track of time, focused on the image evolving before me. We have a dialogue, my images and I. When we have exhausted all the possibilities, the painting is finished. When designing courses in Creative Thinking, I have insisted that all my students, no matter what the media, learn the creation process. I now easily tune into the vast energy sea of consciousness and wait in the silence for the flow to start. I intuitively know what to do, and I do it without hesitation. I am daily working on my digital paintings, created on a Microsoft Surface Studio, using visual software. These allow me to create complex compositions, often with over sixty layers of images, which I can edit and rearrange multiple times to enhance the image. Successful digital art encompasses composition skills, color theory, drawing ability, and creativity, all of which I have spent years teaching others. I have also had to master the complex techniques of digital rendering.
Some of my custom commissioned work includes paintings and murals in homes and corporations, the largest of which was commissioned by Lakeside Lodge, Chelan, Washington, depicting a Native American Encampment, 630 square feet. Various major donor commissions include murals for Hospice and Cancer Care Centers, sizes averaging six feet by eight feet, incorporating painting and calligraphy: Melbourne, Florida, Greeley, Colorado. I enjoyed composing in color 1600 square feet of contemporary stained glass for St. Luke Church, Erie, Pennsylvania.
As a published author, I’ve written Edit, an art textbook for high school or college, Living Love, a hand-lettered inspirational book, and Understanding Preschool Art: from Scribbling to Self-esteem.I created Lilu the Lizard, a children’s book, illustrated by my nine-year-old grandchild. My instructional video DVD, Learn Italic Calligraphy is the culmination of many years of teaching calligraphy. Combining critical thinking with creative thinking, along with integrating technology into the process of art has been a theme in my years of teaching.
My educational experience includes a B.A. and M.A. in Art Education. I am the first woman in the U.S. to be awarded the John D. Rockefeller III Fellowship for doctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Now that my teaching career is over, I can spend all day creating — what a luxury!
I have had a long career in the field of Developmental Disabilities as well as teaching college courses in Psychology and Anthropology. I have always found time to pursue my art and now that I am retired I can dedicate myself to this life-long creative outlet. I have always been an artist that has explored different mediums ranging from pen and ink and scratch board, to photo silk screening and printmaking, stained glass, and watercolor and oil painting! I sometimes like tight realistic drawings and more recently I have enjoyed a looser style of more abstract palette knife oil painting. My subjects are varied and if you ask anyone who knows me, I love vivid and vibrant colors!
Dylan Scott Pierce
Born 1986 in Marietta, Ga
Upon realizing at an early age his enjoyment of drawing and painting, Dylan was encouraged to pursue his passion in art. Homeschooling allowed Dylan plenty of time to paint and gain inspiration from his travels. From the age of twelve he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the country.
While living in Atlanta, Ga Dylan studied with artist, Chris diDomizio, for ten years. What he acquired from his teacher's insights of works by various masters of art through history became a strong influence in Dylan's work.
Dylan's paintings have been featured in International Artist, Watercolor, Wildlife Art, L'Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications.
Dylan’s oeuvre depicting the people of Africa is inspired by his visits to Swaziland, Botswana, and South Africa. Experiencing the extraordinary beauty of Africa and its astonishing variety of wildlife has been something Dylan dreamed of as a boy; yet meeting the people of Africa deeply affected him. The beauty of God’s varied wonders continues to inspire him – as he paints the beauty and breadth of wildlife and people with an ability to “capture the soul.”
Dylan currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado, where he finds new inspiration from the natural beauty of Colorado.
Over the last 30 years I've lived in, worked in, and visited more than 50 countries (and counting). In doing so I've developed a visual appreciation for the world we live in- the people, places, things, and culture that define the collective who and what we are. My take is that humans are observers by nature, and that is why we are drawn to photographs- they invoke memories and emotions in a way other media cannot. As a photographer, I'm continually fascinated by the thought that everything I capture with a camera has never been exactly that way before, and never will be again. For those who might be curious... myself, and my amazing wife and daughter live in Castle Rock, Colorado. Our other amazing daughter has flown the coop and lives in Los Angeles.
My name is Liz Rector and I am an "every-medium" artist. I want to do it all, and I do...digital art, logo design, oil painting, wood carving/burning, acrylic painting, watercolor, sculpture...the list goes on. I was born here in CO but was moved away at age 3 and moved back in 2016. During those years, I lived in PA and in three different regions of TX. I graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS in Advertising and PR and a minor in art. In addition to being an artist, I am a published author currently finishing illustrating the children's book that I've written. I have worked as a cartoonist, a journalist, a commissioned artist, an educator (K-12 English & Art) and in advertising. Nothing makes me happier than writing and art - my two greatest passions.
Slantbrush Studio's creator Matt Rinn has always been inspired by his love of the outdoors. When looking at his work one can see the influence of the four elements: earth, water, wind, and fire. Matt's unique approach also uses flow and movement from his favorite sports: soccer, board sports, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking. Some favorite techniques he incorporates in his pieces are long lines, free fluid strokes, unique structural foundations, and upward ramp-like curves. His intention and end goal are to bring to life the sometimes overlooked natural beauty in everything and everyone in this life. Remember to take an extra few minutes to look a little deeper and a little closer into Matt's creations. Most likely, an unexplained surprise within his art await your discovery!
Larry moved to Castle Rock in 2019 and lives downtown with his wife Debbi. They have a young bernedoodle named Lola. He is a writer and active in the Castle Rock Writers and Coast Writers. When not writing Larry paints in acrylics and water-based pigments along with pastels. He has taken watercolor classes with Ruth Loucks, Ken Hosmer, and Cletus Smith; pottery classes with Bill Bauer; and soft pastel classes with Dale Martin and Albert Handell. Larry likes to paint in a loose style with realism, expressionism, or abstraction.
My paintings and sculpture are very personal and pure expressions of the way that I perceive the experiences of life around me. The world is referenced indirectly through the filter of my emotions -an intuitive response that explores the relationship between the emotional and the intertextual. My intention is to communicate to the viewer an identifiable and familiar sensation. By working impulsively, my inspiration flows through the openness in my work allowing the viewer to connect to the piece emotionally.
Janice says of her unique style, "My inspiration is the elegance found in the ordinary. Beauty is everywhere one might hope to find it. And all is inspiration to the heart of the artist."
It's often a year-long process of cultivating, curing, and cleaning a gourd before I match its shape and natural patterns with my chosen design. My choice of patterns often comes from a deep respect and appreciation for other cultures, countries, and art forms. I am inspired by African mud-cloth patterns, Peruvian story gourds, Native American patterns, and botanicals. I love and often use the current Zentangle method and appreciate the joy of "freestyle " that this recent craze allows. After burning the pattern into the gourd (pyrography), I paint it with translucent ink dyes or more opaque acrylics. I often carve elements and use products such as Inlace to enhance my designs. The finishing touches are an eclectic mix of found objects and what nature provides (pine needles, antlers, pine cones, pods, etc). I completed a degree in Fine Art in 1980 and life quickly distracted me from the continued growth of my creative side. 15 or so years ago, I grew several hundred (Gourds Gone Wild!) gourds on our farm, as a bit of an experiment. They dried and I found them fascinating but didn't know what to do with them. I bought a book on gourd art, and "the rest is history!" I've since taken multiple technique classes in California and Arizona and continue to learn from tutorials and FB groups and personal trial and error. Art satisfies the creative side of me and provides that balance to work and responsibility I think we all need and seek.
For me, the gourd "is not merely the medium that I use, but a genuine co-creator of the finished product. Working with organic material such as gourds is a relational experience that is extremely important to what I do and how I create."
New artist with a passion for oil painting
Since I was a child I have loved everything related to art, therefore painting is one of them. I had dedicated myself to something else almost all my life, but approximately 5 months after the Pandemic started I started painting. It is something that I carry fervently in my veins by inheritance. The paintings that you will see are worked always looking for perfection, I am always observing what else I can do in each of the works.
I am a mix-media artist but mostly make mosaics.
Jeanne Oliver grew up in rural Illinois and now resides in Castle Rock, CO. She is inspired by our personal stories, travel, and nature. Jeanne uses art to tell her current stories and also those of growing up among gravel roads, cornfields and early life surrounded by open spaces. Through mark-making, layers and mixed media, she hopes to convey that we all have a story to tell.
Jeanne is married to her dream maker, Kelly, and the mother of three funny and creative children. She homeschools her children even though she has tried to get out of it a few times. You can often find her hiking, creating in her studio and finding an excuse to have another cup of coffee. She speaks and teaches all around the country and sometimes she even gets to cross the pond. She was told that she needed to find that one thing but she doesn’t like listening to directions so she embraces many loves and that has given her a sweet mash-up of family, art, and travel. Connecting with women and sharing that each of us has been creatively made is one of her passions.
Troy Seurer grew in Huntington Beach, California. He has always been fascinated with the human form and through his love of art, began drawing images of people at an early age. He opted to take painting classes while attending the University of Kansas on a football scholarship, although his talent is mostly self-taught.
His work is inspired by people. He is focused on creating bold & colorful works & portraiture representing the people of the West.
Troy mainly works on private commissions, but also displays his work locally.
He lives with his wife & dog in Southern Colorado.
I use all types of fabric, trash, really anything I can sew onto a quilt, to create original pieces. I combine free motion stitching, homemade stamps, painting, hand stitching, etc. to express myself.
I am a full time orthodontist in Castle Rock, and oil painting is one of my passions! Our office walls are covered with my own oil paintings, along with hundreds of paintings from local children that have been our patients. We encourage kids to be creative and provide canvases, brushes and paints when they become a patient in our practice.I studied art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Parsons School of Design. I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for my D.D.S., and did my orthodontic residency at Marquette University.
My art has been influenced by Norman Rockwell, Philip Goodwin, Carl Rungius and Robert Kuhn, all great illustrators and artists of their time. Paul Calle's pencil art as well. I've been a stay at home mom for 25 years, and recently gave my small work from home business so I have time to pick up the brushes and pencils and revive my passion.
Brenda Gaughan began painting after arriving in Colorado in 1984, inspired by the region's intensity of color and light. Music is a primary source of inspiration for Brenda, who draws on the improvisational nature of jazz to express herself in texture, palette, and movement.
Brenda established Studio 306 in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado along with jeweler and metals artist Mary Murphy of Fiona Rose. The workspace provides a welcoming environment for creativity and collaboration with artists and clients. Brenda lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband and two children.
J. M. Jensen is a native Colorado gallery artist, illustrator and instructor. He received a Bachelor’s in illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a Master’s in Painting at Colorado State University. J. M. Jensen’s currently gallery work combines a wide variety of stylistic approaches including abstraction and trompe l’oeil. His current work is exploring a new technique of aggressive scratching and scraping and building layers in combination with highly detailed trompe l’oeil elements. The work is meant to be an exploration of the different natures of matter and spirit as well as the contrasts that can be found throughout nature such as in the idea of Yin and Yang, masculine and feminine, grace and nature. J.M. Jensen is inspired by all things that remind him of the strangeness, mystery and beauty of the world. He shows regularly in Colorado and has exhibited throughout the west. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Foundations art at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
William LaFleur is a wood sculptor, mainly using a chainsaw to create wooden figures of all kinds. He was born and raised in upstate New York’s Hudson River valley. William has made Castle Rock, Colorado home since 1999, where he and his wife Desiree are raising a son, and are passionate about being involved in the community.
I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. Whenever my grandfather visited he would bring a big box of crayons and we would draw for hours. The love of color propels my art to this day and I am continually delighted by the variety of colors in nature.
In 2011 I left the corporate world and started painting in earnest, emerging myself in classes at the Art Student's League of Denver and traveling to the Lyme Art Institute to study with impressionists from the Lyme art colony and visiting instructors from the Scottsdale School of Art.
In 2014 I began a year-long instructional course with Kevin Weckbach and am fortunate enough to have been accepted into his continuing masters course of study. Kevin is an exceptional teacher, always willing and eager to share his vast knowledge and experience.
Although I enjoy painting almost anything I find myself drawn to old barns. They are disappearing from the landscape quickly and preserving their memory makes painting them very special.
Living and working in spectacular Colorado is a bonus. The weather is exceptional, allowing me to be outside most days sketching, painting field studies and taking photo references before heading back to the studio.
Carrie is an entrepreneurial illustrator/designer/educator who is passionate about building meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. She is a subject matter expert in the Adobe Creative Suite, specializing in print, equally adept at digital design, including animation. Employed as a Community Relations Specialist for the Town of Castle Rock since early 2015, she is constantly inspired by the community character and charm that consistently keeps the Town of Castle Rock in the top of most lists of the “Best Places to Live” in the nation. A fine artist and patron of the arts, Carrie is honored to serve as Secretary of the first board of directors of the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative, and is whole-heartedly dedicated to its long-term success.
Dark Horse Photography specializes in portraits, product, action sports as well as nature & wildlife photography.
More than 45 years ago, Ginger moved from the Chicago suburbs to western Montana where she lived and worked on a remote cattle ranch. She immediately fell in love with the western culture of self-reliance and the expansive beauty of the landscape. Since1981 she has lived in Colorado.
Ginger’s art career began when, at 9 years old, she received her first set of oil paints. Later, as a young mother, she taught oil painting on weekends. She pursued watercolor, pen and ink and graphite while on the ranch and supplied a local gallery with her work. After moving to Colorado, she worked in pastel briefly and then returned to oil paint as her medium of choice. She has had representation in many galleries from Santa Fe and Taos to Bozeman and Denver.
Though Ginger is mostly self-taught in art, she is a natural teacher and pursues this by offering a few classes every year. Ginger presents classical oil painting methods to her students ensuring that they are well versed and accomplished in drawing, composition, color theory, values, and perspective. She also hosts a group of aspiring artists twice a month as they develop along their individual artistic directions. Sharing her knowledge, watching others grow into artists and painting for other’s enjoyment give her extreme pleasure.
In her words, “We see because of light. The light, the dark, and the mid-tones reveal a collection of shapes that form a composition. If you add fine drawing skills the result brings detail and reality to those shapes. Applying impressionistic color and brush strokes keep the effort from being static and photographic. Adding personal emotion through color, value, and composition completes the process. These simple factors are my objectives in painting; a style I refer to as "casual realism."
Ginger has earned Master Signature Membership of Women Artists of the West, Signature Membership of Plein Air Artists Colorado, Pastel Society of Colorado and PaintAmerica Society. Southwest Art Magazine’s 2019 "Ones to Collect", 2016 “Ones to Watch” and 2015 “Artists of Note” featured Ginger and her work.
She has won many awards over the past 20 years and has been juried into or invited to participate in many national shows such as Oil Painters of America National, Western Region, and Salon Shows, Western Masters Heart of the West, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Artists Colorado, Women Artists of the West, Colorado Governor’s Show, American Women Artists, National Oil, and Acrylic Painters Society, Art for the Sangres, Mt Oyster Club Show, Salon International, Representing the West, PaintAmerica, Art for the Parks, Douglas Land Conservancy Plein Air Event and Continental Divide Land Trust Plein Air Festival. Her latest award was earned at the 2018 Colorado Governor’s Show where she won an “Award of Merit” given to the juried 10 best paintings in the show.
Ginger is currently represented by Arts at Denver Online Gallery and Mary Williams Fine Arts of Boulder. You will also find her work in many important shows across the U.S., on her website, on Facebook and Instagram.
I am a Colorado artisan who has worked in several mediums. I attended CSU as an art major and also CCU Denver taking classes in multi-media. As of 2005, I have focused my interests in fused glass art and acrylic painting.
Growing up in Boulder, Colorado and having the beauty of the snow-topped mountains meet the blue sky, add the color of the land around you, the changes of the trees in the spring, summer and fall, the beautiful flowers, one cannot help but be inspired by all the colors. Maybe that is why I love working with glass. The prisms of color and the way it interplays with light. From the transparent to the opaque to the iridescent and dichroic glass, the brilliance is spectacular.
The color changes that take place when transparent glass is layered on top of another and when texture is added to the pieces, one never knows what surprises are in store when you open up the kiln to see a fired project.
Glass can be a very versatile medium to work with but it does have its constraints as well. It is very challenging and mystifying.
Throughout my childhood, I was always drawing. However, other than a few private lessons with a watercolor artist during high school, I am self-taught. Nature has always fascinated me and my love for landscapes was strengthened in Cody, Wyoming, where I was surrounded by beautiful scenery. With considerable support from my family, I moved from drawing to pen and ink paintings and then on to watercolors. Painting brings me great joy and is something I am compelled to do.
There are many wonderful artists that inspire me but I especially love the works of: John Stuart Ingle with his details and reflections; Robert Bateman's ability to capture the essence of the animals he paints; and Thomas Moran's and Albert Bierstadt's fantastic landscapes. With these incredible artists for motivation, I continue to strive to create watercolor paintings that show the beauty we see all around us.
As a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society (CWS), I have participated in a number of member shows including the CWS Botanic Gardens, New Trends and State Watermedia Exhibitions. I have also exhibited at the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibit, the Castle Rock Artfest; the Littleton History Museum’s Arts and Crafts Show; the Parade of Homes; local galleries; and the Denver Orchid Society shows, where I won “best art collectible” of the show. My art can be found in private collections locally and around the country, as I especially enjoy working closely with clients to bring their ideas to life through commissioned pieces.
Losing and finding myself through Plein Air painting. A mobile studio is a favorite place to interpret nature. I have retrofitted and older model van to service paint Studio / camper. Running solo most of the time exploring the Rocky Mountains.
I am an oil painter and like to bring importance to overlooked, somewhat forgotten items. I'm currently working on a series of paintings of glass, which include glass marbles, insulators, knobs and vintage dishes. I like to paint large-scale pieces that showcase these objects in a modern way. I'm also inspired by the way light bends and distorts through glass and and give extra attention to the colors and reflections at play.
I have been in Castle Rock for 12 years with my husband and two boys. I graduated with the Senior Art Award from Gonzaga University in 2000 with a BA in Art. I am exhibiting at La Posada Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at The Depot Gallery in Littleton, Colorado. I am excited to promote the arts in Castle Rock and be part of this creative group!
I began to notice various cityscapes in my travels as an executive, and wondered how best to capture them in oils. The style had to be loose, what I called "controlled chaos." Trying to use a realistic approach would be time-consuming and less impactful. I decided on a less subtle approach, and the results are how I originally imagined them.
Jon Paul Price is originally from Matador, Texas, and currently resides in Colorado. His background includes work as a surgical practitioner and educator, and nonprofit healthcare executive director. His earlier works are paintings created in the 16th-century Flemish style and sculptures inspired by "retro-futuristic" Victorian-era fictional steam-powered machines operated by a common post-apocalyptic figure. Currently, he creates cityscapes and the people occupying them in a "controlled chaos" style.
• Born in Buffalo New York; educated at the State University College at Buffalo in Art Education, BS and MS
• Taught public school Art k-12 in New York, Florida, and Colorado
• Worked in HR for my family company Jenkins Communication Inc
• Ran a mural and faux finish business for 10 years
• Currently Co-Manager of ROX Art Gallery at Aspen Grove, VP of the Roxborough Arts Council and Jury Chair
I took my first ceramics class in 1973 at the University of Northern Colorado and I have been hooked on clay ever since. I was raised in a military family that moved every couple of years. My biggest influence has been living in Norway during the Mid-century Modern period. I am drawn to the simple, yet stylized designs from the era. I took a break from my art work to have a twenty-three year career in the U.S. Navy. After retirement I went back to what I love to do, ceramics. I make both functional and decorative pottery.
Artist & Tie Dye Enthusiast Zack Boulter
Zack uses classic liquid tie dye processes and impressions while continuing to push artist borders and the art form itself through design and progressive pattern work. Using fabric and dye mediums with traditional artificial sinew string methods to create one of a kind wearable and hanging artwork. His unique custom tie-dyed products are handmade in Castle Rock Colorado.
Zack is a long-time resident of Castle Rock where he lives with his family, eclectic pets and many things geek and sci-fi.
I am a Freelance Photographer, based in Parker. I specialize in high quality Wedding, High School Senior Portraits, Family Portraits, Business and Professional Portraits, and Commercial Photography. Please allow me to capture your life memories. I will work closely with you to find the look you want. My career began when I was eight, after seeing all the photographs that my dad had taken in his life. I realized how important photography is to keep the memories of family and events. I have always been behind the camera at any event making sure that memories are preserved. I am dedicated to capturing the beauty and energy of people and helping you to remember your dreams. I would love the opportunity to document your special occasion and memories.
I have always had a creative bug. Doodling, drawing, painting and designing one thing or another. I followed that passion and study art in college receiving my BFA in Illustration. Soon after I had my 3 beautiful children and found myself immersed in family life. Now that my children are older my need to be creative has come to the forefront. When the pandemic hit and I found myself in quarantine, along with the rest of the world, I started painting. My main focus being things that make me smile. I accumulated a number of paintings and thought I should try and sell these. I entered my first Art Fair the summer of 2021 and did very well! I then decide to make prints of the original paintings and opened my Etsy site in the fall of 21. It has been a journey for sure, but one I am happy to take. I hope you enjoy these paintings as much as I have enjoyed creating them!
I recieved my MFA in Live Action Film in 1986
I worked in the film business as a gaffer for 35 years. You can find my IMDB page with full credits under Lon Thompson (the name I used as a gaffer).
I have painted all my life but now that I am retired I can work full time.
I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Colorado a few years ago with my wife and two children. I have always worked with my hands and coupled with my degree in culinary arts I have gravitated towards making everything wooden related to serving food, wine, cheeses, desserts and more! I try to create unique pieces that are both functional and beautiful!