With my early painting inspiration coming from illustrators and muralists such as, Maxfield Parrish, a painter of fantastical landscapes, cloud formations and vibrant colors (Parrish Blue), and NC Wyeth, a painter of bigger than life imagery and gloriously colored depictions of history, I was committed to painting engaging, vibrant and painterly murals since I was in my twenties. Realizing that Fine Art takes many forms, and has been commissioned from artists for centuries, even those famous artworks such as the Sistine Chapel and The Last Supper, painting by commission afforded me a wealth of experience with a paintbrush and a livelihood. With a BFA in Painting, I am very grateful to have had many commissioned illustrations and large-scale murals.
My current portfolio of work shows interior and exterior paintings, painterly and trompe l’oeil in style. I offer interior murals by commission. However, after seventeen years of presenting creative art projects to elementary-aged children in schools, I am ready to concentrate on painterly mixed-media expression, with or without commission. Please visit my mural website and also stay tuned for updates with photo representation of this year’s new artwork on this Boulder Art Association Member Page.
Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1960 Lorelei Stumbo grew up in the Midwest. Her art training started early as the daughter of an art professor. As a teenager Lorelei helped her father, Hugh Stumbo, in creating a cylindrical cabin in Cedar Bluff, Iowa. Still unfinished after 30 years, Lorelei is hoping to convert the cabin into an “Earth Ship” type residence.
Lorelei studied art at the University of Iowa as an undergraduate. There she worked mainly in sculpture and “found object” art. Later, experimenting with a technique learned from an art teacher from Normal, Illinois, she began burning wood as raw material for her art.
Now living in Nederland, Colorado she believes her fire sculpted art is a celebration of everyone’s innate power of imagination. Even though she may “see” a scene in the wood and try to develop it, it is her desire that each observer view the piece without prejudice of knowing her design intent. In this way, as with most human interaction, individuals create their own reality. So, please, enjoy the pieces before looking at the titles.
Gail re-entered the world of painting a few years ago. She spent her childhood coloring in any coloring book she could find, along with free-handing her favorite themes of dogs, clouds, trees and flowers.
In high school, she received an art scholarship and completed her first year of college as an art major. She put her pursuit of art aside and went on to obtain a degree in Business and a Graduate Degree in Environmental Studies.
While a Park Ranger in California, she visited Colorado and fell in love with the mountains, aspens and specifically Boulder. She moved into the world of Athletics working in Major League Baseball and the Orange County Sports Association. But, in 1994 her dream to move to Colorado came true and she and her husband moved to Boulder where she enjoyed a 20+ year career in the Athletic Department at the University of Colorado.
Now, with The Nature Conservancy in Boulder, she has been called back to her desire to create and has begun to explore new mediums in the field of abstract art and zen painting. She has taken on-line and in-person courses from Jodi Ohl, Tracey Verdugo and Boulder’s Lael Har.
Her love of aspens are the main feature of her recent work.
She shows her art at Boulder’s RGallery, Art at the Center in Nederland and currently has a piece at the Boulder Museum.
She is a member of the Boulder Art Association and the Boulder County Arts Alliance. She is on the Board of the Boulder Humane Society and hopes to sell her work to benefit the organization for animal rescue efforts.
The undercurrent of my work is an attempt to transcend the inevitable fate that awaits us all. To produce expressions of being alive. This sentiment is reflected in my work through the juxtaposition of elements and techniques that create movement, tension, and contrast that often dissipate towards the edges of the canvas. This provides a sense of expansiveness.
My work is often described by others as bold, playful, and sensual regardless of the subject and I think that’s because, no matter what I am painting, I’m inserting myself into the composition like some kind of fluid detective who must uncover the mystery of the blank canvas. Like John Cage’s silent symphony, the deliberate absence of sound – or color and texture – is an irresistible invitation. One is compelled to react. And in that process, to learn, discover, share, grow, and inspire.
Going back to the beginning – I was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1986, and have lived in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. I was 14 years old when I sold my first painting.
Later, I studied art at the University of Colorado under contemporary realist painter Chuck Forsman along with psychology.
Initially, I pursued psychology and was fortunate to co-author a couple of books with past APA President, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. His decades of research on how external variables can influence human behavior greatly impacted the lens through which I see the world. Thus, the pursuit of both truth and balance has driven my writing and research as much as it has influenced my artwork.
In 2019, I started an art studio in Boulder, Colorado, where I create large modern paintings and mixed media pieces. My paintings have been featured in several publications and have been shown both in the US and abroad.
Evan Cantor is a long-time Colorado wilderness artist. Conservationists will recall his scratchboard drawings in Wild Earth and Wildflower magazines as well as High Country News. His images appeared in several of Colorado photographer John Fielder’s books, as well as a number of University presses, the Rocky Mountain Land Library, Southern Rockies Wildlands Network and the Northwest Earth Institute. Most recently, his work appeared on the covers of ReWilding Earth’s Best of 2019 book, Nederland’s Autumn 2018 “Mountain Pages” magazine and the Boulder Daily Camera’s Friday Magazine (February 2019). He was the guest artist (Jan/Feb 2019) at pARTiculars Gallery in Lafayette, Colorado. Other exhibitions have included the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, various juried shows, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and “The Lure of The Local”, curated by Lucy Lippard. He is a member of the Temagami 22, an international collection of invited North-American artists concerned with environmental preservation, and was the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s 2005 artist-in-residence. In 2006 he was honored with an award from the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance for his “outstanding contribution” of both art and music to the wilderness preservation effort in Colorado. He took up oil painting at Ghost Ranch in October 2016 and has been going strong ever since. Evan is also the lead singer of the classic-rock outfit The CBDs, playing the guitar and blues harp.
I love to draw, it is the foundation of my art. I’ve explored a variety of drawing mediums; but nothing excites me more than working with my dry and wet tusche washes. I want to give my viewers a new experience when they see my drawings; and this medium helps me to create the images I see in my mind with the emotional impact I feel when I draw.
I also build my own canvases by stretching repurposed coffee bags over wooden frames. I love drawing on the knobbly surfaces with oil pastels – an arduously time-consuming adventure. I enjoy working with these materials because it gives my art unique textures, colors and expression of my visions.
Megan Morgan is a mixed media artist and graphic designer who was born in Illinois, and moved to Colorado in 1986. Megan graduated from Colorado State University in 1995 with a B.F.A. in Fine Art. Megan was hired as a junior designer at Monigle Associates in Denver, CO for 2-1/2 years, then moved to Steamboat Springs, CO for twelve years with her husband Jamie. There she started Strange Bird Designs in 1999, her self-owned graphic design business. In 2012, Jamie and Megan moved back down to the front range and now own/operate Strange Bird Designs together in Louisville, CO.
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!