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"Poppies" by Caroline Metzler

Glenwood Springs

Why do I have to make art? Because nature’s visual richness and surprise please me, and art is a way of remembering and reliving that experience. I also enjoy the challenge, which is unending. It’s great puzzle solving, making a good work of art. Often, when looking at my paintings, I have no idea how I managed to do what’s before me: It’s magical! This creativity and imagination feed my soul in ways unique to any other experience. And the fact that others are engaged and entertained by it as well is a real win-win!

Born and raised in rural New Mexico, my contact with its sparse landscape and Native American culture spurred my own attempts to capture essence in art. After an 18-year career in the healing arts (acupuncture, herbology, and massage therapy), I returned seven years ago to the pursuit of my first love: visual art. Self-taught in the art of Sumi-e or Oriental brush painting, I derive inspiration from ancient and modern Oriental masters as well as artists from the West. My style is the result of continual research and innovation with papers, inks, brushes, other water media and techniques. These modern brush paintings often incorporate contemporary materials with traditional ones. I currently work as a graphic designer/illustrator in the Glenwood Springs area where I live.

Master’s degree in Oriental medicine; associate’s degree in graphic design; and additional studies in fine art

Shows and gallery exhibitions: Blue Sage Center in Paonia, Culture Clash in Salida; Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte; Evergreen Gallery; and Glenwood Springs Art Guild Fall Arts Festival.

Although artistically inclined throughout life, working with the book “The Artist’s Way” finally gave me the insight to pursue it as a primary focus.

Hike, cross-country ski, listen to jazz and enjoy friends.

I enjoy mixing media in new ways.

Who’s your favorite artist? That’s way too narrow a question!

Eastern and Native American philosophy and art.

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