WHO I AM
If I were a Game of Thrones character, my prior titles would include: Server of Ice Cream, Fabricator of Advertising Fictions, Corrector of Misspelled Words, Counselor of Handi-capable Youth, Purveyor of Books, Seller of Toys and Queen of Office Dwellers, plus my current titles: Lady of House Rubey, Mother of an Untamed Ginger, Mother of Danes, Collector of Crap, Connoisseur of Expletives, and finally, Blogger at Xanaru, Artist, and Fuckabout. (i.e. one who just sort of … fucks about. For a living).
WHERE I’M GOING (PLEASE TAG ALONG)
The plan is to use my blog and my artwork to build a vibrant community of weirdos, loons and witty misfits. I want Xanaru to be a launching point for friendships and creative collaborations and if I’m being honest, some snarky debates because I enjoy those too.
I will create whimsical hand-painted purses, pet portraits and sculptures. I will write diverting and delightful stories like That Time I Nearly Killed 12 Girls at a Birthday Party and How to Electrocute Your Sister in Law. Readers will comment, share opinions and banter back and forth; eventually our society catches the eye of a book publisher which leads to a massively best-selling humorous memoir and grows our community exponentially until we take over the world. In a good way, not a sinister way with maniacal finger-tenting or weird, hairless cats.
And that is how my blog/artwork brings about world peace — by sharing my quest for happiness through connection, Great Danes and indiscriminate swearing.
I was born in Montmartre in the late 1940s. At that time, painters were setting their easels at many street corners in the neighborhood. These were Sunday painters or « peintres du dimanche ». I am a spare time artist with inconsistent style, subjects matters or media. I tend to favor oil on board or walnut ink on paper. With the exception of basic formation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, I am self taught. I prefer Degas to Monet, Rothko to Pollock and Toulouse Lautrec to Renoir. I have been a member of local artist groups for the last 18 years and have learned a lot from my fellow members.
I am a professional artist painting original art and specializing in impressionistic work. I work from photographs, real life and my imagination with the goal of recreating the emotions I experience for my viewers. My success comes not when my art catches someone’s attention, but when it opens gateways from their eyes to their head and hearts.
I struggle with depression, and for me art is medicine. Art is also a powerful communicator and connector. It bridges barriers and brings out our commonalities. My ultimate goal as an artist is for my viewers to experience the euphoria I do when painting. I paint to keep my soul nurtured and nurture the souls of others.
What a gift I’ve given myself to indulge in the joy of creating, and I want to share that gift with you.
Growing up I wanted to be an Artist, and I completed the Studio Arts program at Iowa State University in 2010 with a BFA. I am classically trained in still life drawing, watercolor painting, photography, & fiber; but cannot resist the allure of digital art and design. I practice in graphic design, basic website design, social media content creation, & print media. I am a life-long learner with a passion for new skills and experiences. Art has always had a role in my personal life, and now it is a part of my professional life.
Archie’s black and white pen and ink work comes together as a multi-faceted mirror reflecting their own questions and anxieties about the evolution of life, the inevitability of death, and the purpose of either in the vast unknowns of our universe. The elements that repeat in this continuing illustrative series are symbolic of existentialism, spiritualism, nature, and the physical laws of space and time. Archie encourages viewers to consider the repeating elements in these works while contemplating their own questions and anxieties.
My art is a means of expression for me, whether I am writing, painting, cutting glass, or creating scarfs. I become absorbed in the process and even obsessed by it. Each piece takes me somewhere else, away from this world. My greatest gift is that of childlike imagination—no thinking, plotting, planning—just doing. Whatever happens, happens. I love experimenting with color and shape. I overcame hard times in my life by immersing myself in art. Art allows me to make space for intuition and linger there for a while.
Lynn LiCalsi grew up in New York and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Her studio reflects her energy, as there are several projects in progress at a time: painting, glass, or textiles. Shows include Naropa: Faces, where she interviewed and painted a portrait of a homeless man. The purpose of that show was to put a face on people who live differently. She is a member of the Boulder Arts Association, and both her glass and paintings have been shown at several Colorado Juried Art Shows. Lynn was the album artist for the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble’s albums/CDs Live in Gouvvy, (for which she painted portraits of all the musicians, capturing their energy and spontaneity) and Break Thru, where her glass was featured.
Lynn loves teaching Latin during the day and gets great joy and inspiration from her students. Her energy is matchless. Lynn’s favorite Latin author is Vergil because of his ability to paint a scene, and her favorite artists are Modigliani, Chagall, and Monet.
Lynn’s work includes Glass, Painting, and Textiles. Lynn often works on commission, creating special glass pieces or paintings for individuals who want something unique—something that expresses their ideas and reflects their passions.
Ars Gratia Artis – Art for the sake of Art is her mantra. Her work is whimsical and happy.
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.
What drives me to paint is a sense of impermanence and a belief that there is no better way to be in the present moment than through art, either by creating it or experiencing it.
When we are alive, we have options – we can choose what we think, what we feel, and how we behave. When we lack options, walls start to close in around us, the lights seem to dim and we feel less alive. The undercurrent of my work is an attempt to demonstrate the concept of being alive through the expression of possibilities.
This sentiment is reflected in my work through the juxtaposition of elements and techniques that create movement, tension, and contrast that dissipate towards the edges of the canvas to provide a sense of expansiveness.
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 began painting full-time with a focus on modern and wildlife paintings. Regardless of subject, my style is often described by others as bold, playful, and sensual.