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
For far too many years, while working full-time as an elementary school teacher, I allowed art to become a low priority in my life. I still felt like an artist – until I didn’t
I started questioning myself: How am I an artist if I’m not really doing any art? (And cool art projects done with the kids doesn’t count.)
Coming to the conclusion that Artist is a verb, I started adding in more opportunities for creating art. Retiring from teaching certainly helped – but even then, it took me a while to dive in.
Currently I’ve been working with chalk pastels and enjoying the challenges of drawing with live models. I’ve painted primarily with acrylics but have an oil painting in the works. I’ve explored with watercolors, collage, silverpoint and more. I have a thing for color pencils and love sculpting with clay.
Thank you for checking in with me. For more art, please visit my website!
Ben Foster has been a photography enthusiast since the early 70’s. His work has focused on landscape and wildlife, cultural travels, and family adventures. Ben and his wife Susie live in Boulder Heights. Their two daughters live in Arvada.
Starting painting Christmas 2011 with my cat Sylvia. At first I draw on canvas: then I paint with acrylic and oil: bringing ideas to life on the canvas. An artist’s work is never done!: it is just when it gets to the point that you do not need to approach the canvas to re-touch up that you can say your done with the piece of art.
Art is colors and shapes. Sometimes you know what the piece is going to be and then sometimes the piece evolves into something that you never thought of or planned. You just keep turning that way. Art is a never ending task that is done at some future point. All of a sudden you’re done and it seems magical what has transformed on the canvas.
Colorado Kinetic Arts was born (is the brainchild) of the ingenuity and creativity of artist Michael Deragisch. His unique structural designs appear to float effortlessly, inviting the viewer to follow its movement while simultaneously being moved by the clean, artistic form. Each piece is an original and is the result of artful design and perfect balance. This combination is what makes the mobiles so captivating.
Mobiles are most often associated with the renowned artist, Alexander Calder, or alternatively, with infant mobiles which hang over a crib to stimulate thought patterns of babies. Mr. Calder has been credited with inventing the form, but as a prolific artist in many mediums, his work has been appreciated by millions worldwide. Most of Calder’s works are massive and intended for outdoor installations. These beautiful pieces are out of reach for most of us—in both cost and scale.
Michael was first introduced to the art and craft of building mobiles in an art class in 1970. He entertained aspirations of becoming an artist at that time, and his professor suggested he pursue sculpture. Though his designs then were much simpler, the basic theory of balance and construction holds true today. Life happens, and Michael found a career home at CU Boulder where he fed his passion for music by implementing a radio station. He simultaneously dabbled with structural art, and he now has the time to commit to the creation of new works. At present, all mobiles are designed for indoors, but each month he seeks to work with innovative ideas and pursue greater challenges. This pursuit helps keep the creative process fresh and leads to new concepts.
His recent work has progressed from sketches to hand cutting to laser cutting for the most precise, clean edge. His first commissioned work, “Floating Notes,” hangs proudly over the piano of its owner. Feel free to discuss your ideas with him! He can create a unique piece for you should you so desire.
Parisa was born in Tehran, Iran, where she studied graphic design. She has collaborated as designer and art director for several international advertising agencies and cultural institutions. Now, Parisa works as graphic designer in her own studio in Colorado, Boulder, focusing primarily on social and cultural communication.
Her work has been exhibited over than 80 national and international exhibitions in various countries and has received numerous international awards including, COW! festival In Ukraine, Ekoplagat in Slovakia, Tehran poster biennial, Ukraine Eco Poster triennial 4thBlock, among others.
Also she has been member of the jury for some significant national and international competition and festivals like Bolivia Poster Biennial in La Paz, Lahti Poster Triennial in Finland, MUT ZUR WUT competition in Germany, Poster Biennial in Mexico, PosterforTomorrow in Paris, Anti-AIDS in Kharkov, Ukraine, and Silver Cypress in Tehran.
I have been painting in watercolor for about 18 years. I have been in numerous juried shows, received several awards, and am a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society. I teach a variety of beginner through advanced watercolor classes.
I respond to impressions of the world around me through my figurative and landscape watercolor painting. Capturing a moment in time, I strive to transform an ordinary scene into something striking and often almost magical. Lighting, color, and atmosphere are the elements I manipulate to achieve this effect. I use a combination of glazing and direct painting to achieve fresh but realistic images.