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Eye on Artists

"Untitled" (oil on canvas) by Rachael Windh

Editor’s note: Rachael Windh’s paintings will be on display throughout February at The Artist’s Mercantile, 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. A reception, free and open to the public, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the store. Information: 947-0947

City/town: Glenwood SpringsArtist statement: We all need an escape from daily struggles – painting is one of mine. I do it for me. It’s such a great feeling to finish a painting and say “that was fun.” Artist background: I grew up in a very large family in southern California surrounded by bright colors and beaches. I think that played a big part in making me who I am and influencing how I paint. Artist education: I’ve taken art classes off and on over the years. I had the opportunity to take a drawing class when Dan Sprick and Dean Bowlby were teaching.

Shows and gallery exhibitions: I’ve entered work at the Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival and shown at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts “Wild Women” art show. How did you get started as an artist? Art has always been something I love. I love studying art, practicing, learning, buying or discovering a new artist. What do you do in your free time? When I have the time and funds, I love to travel. When I don’t have the funds, I hunt for old treasures or play with my two dogs.

What’s your favorite medium? After trying watercolors for a couple years, I tried oils and found it so much easier. It’s so fun to mix colors. Who’s your favorite artist? That’s hard to say because I admire so many – Cortez, Pino, Sprick, Van Gogh, and so many more. What or who is your biggest influence? Being out in nature is a big influence. Antoni Gaudi made a profound impact on me when I saw his work in Barcelona. Everyone should see “Sagrada Familia” before they die.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at aclark@postindependent.com, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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