Eye on Artists
City/Town: Glenwood SpringsArtist Background: I was born Jan. 10, 1981, in Glenwood Springs. I began painting seriously around the age of 15, but before then I had always loved to create. Art was one of the few things that could hold my attention for a long period of time. Sketching was my frequent pastime. It is hard to remember exactly when painting became such a huge driving force in my life. It crept up on me in such a gradual way which makes it hard to remember the exact beginning. What I do know is that after meeting a few local artists, who were professionals locally and nationally, my love for painting and drawing became more of a reality.I took art classes at Glenwood Springs High School, Colorado Mountain College, and in other places of interest. After beginning a figure drawing class at CMC, I became acquainted with three serious artists who helped guide me in the direction that jump-started my journey as an artist.After high school, I attended the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn. My experience there was rich in the classical principles of art. I believe it was a very solid beginning to my adventure as a serious artist. I spent two years in Old Lyme studying and painting before I made the decision to return to the west and finish my degree at the University of Utah, which is where I received my bachelor’s of fine arts before returning to Glenwood. Since then my education has continued, through my own exploration as a professional artist. I am constantly learning every day through my own trials and errors, and through other artists whose help I am so grateful.
Artist Education: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts (1999-2001) and University of Utah (2001-03) Shows and gallery exhibitions: Currently represented by the Keating Fine Art Gallery, Basalt; Thunder River Theatre Company grand opening, Carbondale, 2006; Main Street Gallery monthly featured artist, 2004; Bank Street solo exhibition, New London, Conn., 2001; Student Art Show, Old Lyme, Conn., 2000; National Alliance for the Excellence, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2000; National Foundation for the Arts, Miami, Fla., 1999; and Marie Walsh Sharp Foundation, Colorado Springs, 1998Family Information: I was born and raised in Glenwood Springs. My father is John Kemp – he has lived here for more than 30 years and practices law. My mother is Johanna Kemp. She has also been in the area for quite some time now and helps my dad with his practice and also teaches piano. I have two older brothers who live in Boulder and Fort Collins.How did you get started as an artist: After taking a figure drawing class at CMC when I was 15, I met a few local artists – Daniel Sprick, Dean Bowlby and Doug Arneson. Soon I started working with Dan in his studio. This is what jump-started my education. These three local artists became mentors to me and encouraged me to pursue a career in art. My support didn’t stop there. Annie Brooks and Jack Niswanger were my high school art teachers. They always encouraged me through school, and still do to this day.
What do you do in your free time: I love the mountains and enjoy a range of outdoor activities. I am a year-round soccer player. Soccer is my second love. When I am feeling more mellow I enjoy reading, knitting and hanging out with my friends and family.What is your favorite medium: My medium of choice is oil. I have worked with it from the very beginning, but have since experimented with other materials as well. I have a deep respect for other mediums, especially watercolor, but I feel the versatility, color intensity and aesthetic qualities of oil suit me best.Favorite Artist: Antonio Lopez Garcia is my favorite artist – not a shock to those who know me. He is a contemporary realist living in a small town outside of Madrid, Spain.What or who is your biggest influence: Without question, Daniel Sprick has been my biggest influence. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him. I also count myself lucky to have met other artists along the way, whether they were teachers, peers or my students. There is so much happening around us, and that is what inspires me the most.
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