Just last year, in 2018, I went to my first Open Studios Tour in Boulder. As certain pieces sparked my appreciation and love for art, I found myself envying these talented painters. Seeing an easel spattered with paint truly drew my attention, it was like having a past life experience. I had never really dreamed of what it would feel like to put paint on a canvas until that moment. While my husband and I visited some of the different artists, I mentioned wanting my own easel. He thought it was a great idea. When I got home, I dropped the thought, but the feeling I had during Open Studios continued to pop up for me in the following weeks. I finally decided to put aside money and bought an easel! It looked amazing in the spare bedroom.
Since then, I have done a lot of experimenting with style and genres, trying to find my place in the painting world. I am still in that phase, visiting galleries and taking classes. I am currently painting with acrylic paint, creating abstracts, painting representational, and I’m also enjoying landscapes.
Through my paintings, I hope to connect the viewer with their own resonations and emotions that come up for them. With wanting the paintings to belong to each individual, or viewer, I have found it hard to title each piece. The work is going to mean something different to everyone, so it feels a little selfish to place that bias on it right from the start. However, that is the name of the game, and I am eager to share, and thrilled for these opportunities!
My Art is an expression of my gratitude I have for my life.
I am a painter. I paint in oils on paper and canvas.
I am in love with Contemporary Abstract Expressionism and the exploration of color in relation to feelings and emotions, power, resistance and allowance.
My inspiration draws from nature, dreams and the everyday nuggets that I notice in my world; my everyday existence, which could be everyone else’s everyday existence. Many of my titles reflect my repetitive thoughts, chatter, and epiphanies that consume many people today. The beauty of this mind narrative expresses itself through my brush and ultimately speaks to the vulnerabilities, strengths and courage of our everyday and how it influences Nature and vice-versa. I paint abstract color scapes as a way to express the quiet of what can be conceived as a complex environment. I have expressed this in a series I have been adding to relating to Ancient Peoples Ruins, mainly in the Southwest.
I strive to incorporate my audience to look beneath the surface of my works and in their life experience in general. Look at the borders, above, below and inward. Notice the bleeds of the negative space, see the layers of color from one perspective then change the perspective. Jump in and roll around, touch, feel, sense the experience in its whole. Let this shared moment of viewing art take you away and bring you back to the present moment with a little bit more… I hope to help facilitate a level of connection through color, depth, line and context.
As an artist my hope is to bring joy and inspiration into the lives of others with my paintings. I started painting with acrylics a few years ago and fell in love with the process and journey of each painting – playing with color, shapes, textures, tools and subject matter. Whether painting in a representational, abstract or whimsical style, I have found the creative painting process to be exciting, humbling and challenging. Facilitating exploratory & playful painting workshops, photography, and mixed-media art are also part of my creative journey.
Having grown up and residing in Boulder, Colorado, I deeply appreciate & delight in the beauty that surrounds me daily whether hiking with my dogs, mountain biking, skiing, or rafting & camping with my family and friends. I am incredibly proud to be called “mom” by my daughter, Callie. My husband, Greg, and I co-own/operate several RE/MAX Alliance offices in Boulder County, and we love to travel, enjoy the outdoors, eat ice cream, and snuggle with our two dogs, Sampson & Tundra.
David Spohn is a photographer and digital artist working in a diverse range of subject matter. He has been a Featured Artist at the Longmont ArtWalk (2014).
I am a self-taught photographer/ painter born in Indianapolis, Indiana and now currently living in Boulder, Colorado. I would consider my unique creative style to be a contemporary form of expressionism.
The art I create whether it be paintings or edited photographs comes from the unconscious.
It is created from a flow of energy that comes out and through my being. I incorporate the emotions I am feeling during the time of creation and try to provoke a sense of bliss/meditation for the viewer. A theme that surrounds my art and has intrigued my imagination since I started creating was the idea of “enlightenment”. What that term represents and how humanity is in a constant struggle to try and achieve this transcendental state. The pieces I have created are truly one with my being. My thoughts and feelings are exposed for the audience to interpret.
My art started with simple photo editing at Indiana University and has blossomed into much more. My goal was to combine the emotional aspect of color with photography. Combining painting with photos.
As an artist, I feel it is important to be able to accurately illustrate your emotions onto a visual surface. Just like with music it is how the viewer/listener is connected with the artist.
I just started painting with oils a month ago so I am relatively new to this medium. I would consider my style to be a contemporary form of abstract expressionism.
My paintings incorporate symbolism to represent my emotions and feelings about the world in its current form.
I have a peculiar relationship with art.
I began painting when I was 15 years old, but my art had no recognizable style until I turned 17. I did mostly acrylic work, but also a select few oils, pastels and wall collages that no longer exist. A lot of my art is scattered around the country because I gave so much away; I am not sure if some of it still exists.
For a long time, I let my imagination dictate the work. But eventually, I started to wonder if I had the ability to portray things in a naturalistic way. It was sort of a challenge to myself and a form of practice. It has made my work slightly more mature, possibly more commercial. Some of the themes of my imaginative and abstract work are a little grotesque, and it seems there’s a limited audience for that. Some of it examines inner struggle, anger, emotional suppression and purge.
Like some other artists, I have grown a little bored with 2D, so over the last few years I’ve began creating sculpture. I also plan to do more collage work, as I feel it is a solid medium for delivering a message or illustrating social commentary. My big hope is to move into public art and eventually commissioned and custom work.
I’ve dabbled in various art forms for many years but I started creating fused glass pieces in 2014, shortly after I retired and moved to Boulder, CO. Prior to that, I lived in northern California, Louisville, KY, Atlanta and New York City. I worked in high tech and advertising for most of my career but spent the last 10 years teaching ESL in Silicon Valley.
I love traveling, meeting people from all over the world, ESL volunteering and sharing my love of art.
I experiment with all sorts of designs and ideas for my work. It’s usually free flowing and unusual, not restricted by an urge for perfectly straight lines or totally balanced designs. I love working with pieces of glass that might be considered scrap, odd shaped or just plain weird. Squiggles are one of my current favorites.
My Granite Series consists of extreme close-ups to capture the hidden colors, textures and shapes that a broader view might pass over. The figures joined with the landscape in my Granite Series demonstrate our union with nature. The shapes appear and disappear depending on the viewer’s perspective.
Every time we take a step in the woods, on a trail or through a meadow, we are leaving our imprint. Our time spent outdoors should be refreshing, nurturing and instructive – not destructive. This goes beyond the “leave no trace” philosophy, as I believe people should pass through nature invisibly.
Memories are abstract visions and emotions. Light, reflection, shadow, color, movement and shape are all parts of the puzzle, but it is our emotions that cause us to remember. These images are often quite different from the actual time or place we experienced.
My memories are filled with mountains, granite, trees, bark, dried grass, sand, water, shells, driftwood, living creatures and wild weather – all inspirations for my art. My Pacific Northwest upbringing and my current Colorado mountain living fuel my fires of creation.
I am currently working in three mediums: Acrylic Painting, Wood Carving and Wood Sculpture.
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My style of photography is best summed up in a fortune cookie I once received that reads, “You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability.” I’ve been lucky to catch sight of accidental impressionist landscapes in the rust of old car doors, modernist figures in twisted rebar under a bridge, and a transcendent crystal palace in the ice crust of a puddle. Unexpected works of art surround us, be they left by man or nature, to be discovered and shared. So I carry that old fortune cookie aphorism in my wallet as a reminder to keep my eyes open. I carry my camera with me in back alleys, salvage yards, hidden places, or otherwise mundane settings where magic can be found. As a local resident, I am hopeful that viewers will be inspired to open their eyes to the beauty that is all around us.
I am a painter who creates abstract works and expressive landscapes. I work mainly in acrylic and mixed media. I am an intuitive and gestural painter. I love all colors and enjoy creating layers of interesting textures.
Throughout my life I have created in many media, including fiber, collage, and assemblage but find that painting allows me to express myself most fully.
I moved from the D.C. area to Boulder in 2017. In D.C. I showed my work and won several curators’ awards. I am now getting established in Boulder. The beautiful Boulder landscape has been a huge inspiration for me.
Thank you for looking at my work, and feel free to get in touch.
“A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.”—Mark Rothko