Hiking the Trails in Colorado and Western National Parks. Spending time outdoors in nature gives me inspiration and energy to explore and discover the beauty all around and everywhere.
I have been painting landscapes all of my life. There is something about the shape of the land, how it is adorned with vegetation, and how it reflects and responds to the sky, that continues to intrigue and speak to me. I took a 15-year hiatus from painting, and have recently returned. During that time away, I focused all my energy on composing music. Most of my musical works seem to have a landscape quality, so I never really abandoned my deep love of, expression of, and reverence for the land.
I love using the brilliant and vibrant colors of pastel; I like to do smaller paintings in gouache and ink as well.
My approach to the making of art takes as its point of origin the awareness that I am about to do something which is unexpected and undiscovered until it reveals itself to me. This is my way of being reminded that my creative voice is unique and no one else can speak for me.
My perspective as an artist is grounded in my ethnic heritage (Finnish), my religious vocation, and a whimsical view of the world. Sisu, the Finnish expression which loosely translates as “tenacity with purpose,” helps me to keep approaching art with a determined gaze. My religious vocation has opened my awareness of and participation in the wider world. Given the serious side of my background and occupation it is important for me to apply a feeling of joy to my work. Sisu, religion, and whimsy – this is who I am and why I am able to make art as I do.
My body of work employs a variety of application techniques which involves a multitude of small steps before the final result is achieved. In this approach to the making of art, I try to allow the paint to express its own voice by adjusting the manner in which the paint is applied. By varying the rate the paint is released, the paint’s viscosity, the angle of the surface, and other factors, the paint yields surprising forms and in so doing allows me to participate in the creation of a unique work of art.
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.