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"Barndance" by Mary Noone
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Artist statement: Joy in my life equals color. I derive inspiration and strength from it. I seek to translate the vibrancy of nature in my own way. I feel privileged to live in such an amazingly beautiful spot. As an artist I am trying to preserve the grandeur of the West even as it is vanishing. Through color, I pay tribute.

Artist background: I was born in St. Louis, No. 6 of seven kids, and grew up in a rural environment, going to school in town. I spent all my waking hours as a child outside.

Artist education: Bachelor’s of arts in American studies and fine arts from Georgetown University. Otherwise, self-taught.

Shows and gallery exhibitions: Most recently, Wulfshon Show at Main Street Gallery in January and Aspen Valley Land Trust Show in April. Through July, I am exhibiting at the Main Street Gallery in Carbondale and Glenwood; Aspen Artists Co-op in Aspen Highlands; and Art Divas in Taos, N.M.

Family information: Bob Noone, husband of 25 years, and three children: Charlie, 21, Vallee, 19, and Claire, 16.

How did you get started as an artist? I’ve always painted since I was 18.

What do you do in your free time? Run up mountains with my friend Sarah and dog, Charlotte; ride my horse, Virginia; and hang with my family.

What’s your favorite medium? Acrylics! They’re plastic!

Who’s your favorite artist? Kandinsky, Winslow Homer, Mattise and Van Gogh.

What or who is your biggest influence? My children ” their use of color was and is inspiring. Also, one of my big influences has been my mom, Lucie. She is such a positive force.

The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on 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, or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.


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