Eye on Artists
Artist statement: The title for this body of work, “A Better Life!” focuses on the changes within our community caused by the Glenwood Meadows shopping center. Consumerism and its effects have been a major influence on my artwork in the past. Watching this new development’s construction has been an ongoing opportunity to witness these effects as they take place. The collages for this show are made by combining digital photography, Photoshop and heat transfer techniques. This is a relatively new medium for me, and for the most part, it is self-taught. I have applied the heat transfers so that contrasting images of the untouched mountainside, the construction site and product advertisements blend together in a way that is at once chaotic and balanced, in order to express my mixed feelings about the way in which our community is growing. The original inspiration for this body of work came from my involvement with the show “Vanishing Point,” organized by Martha Cochran, Mary Noone and Annette Roberts-Gray, at the Main Street Gallery in January. The show featured a whole slew of local artists expressing their feelings about Wulfsohn Ranch.
Artist background: I have worked as a freelance graphic designer in Glenwood Springs for 10 years. In the last four years, I have devoted more and more time to making art.
Education: Associate’s degree in graphic design from Aims Community College.
Shows and gallery exhibitions:
– 2004: “Enough Is As Good As A Feast” (placement/displacement), Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo.
– 2003: Roaring Fork Open, Aspen Art Museum
– 2003: 38th Juried Exhibition, the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, N.Y.
– 2003: The Show: Southwest Juried Exhibition, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
– 2002: Aspen Valley Biennial, Aspen Art Museum
– 2002: Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts
– 2001: Roaring Fork Open, Aspen Art Museum
– 2005: All Rivers Exhibit, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
– 2005: “Vanishing Point: An Artists’ Tribute to Wulfsohn Ranch,” Main Street Gallery, Glenwood Springs
– 2004: “Natural/Unnatural,” Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora
– 2004: Group Show Two, Studio Aiello, Denver
– 2004: Director’s Choice, Zeile/Judish, Denver
– 2004: Roberts-Gray Studios, Glenwood Springs
– 2003: CCS Studio Tour, Roaring Fork Valley
– 2002: “Enough Is As Good As A Feast,” Pushdot Studio, Portland, Ore.
– 2002: Roberts-Gray Studios, Glenwood Springs
– 2002: Affordable Art Fair with DMOMA Fine Art, New York, N.Y.
Family information: I am single, I live with a dog and a cat. Most of my family (mother, stepfather and one sister) live in Greeley. I have another sister who lives in Cheyenne, Wyo.
How did you get started as an artist? I developed a few friendships with other artists and eventually gave in to peer pressure.
What do you do in your free time? Watch movies, play games and walk my dog.
What’s your favorite medium? Whatever I’m working in at any given time, or maybe whatever I’m planning on working with next, which usually involves photography and Photoshop.
Who’s your favorite artist? Tom Friedman
What or who is your biggest influence? Paul Jacobsen Sr. and Andrew Roberts-Gray, two local artists, and also pop culture.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 945-4487 (fax) or 2014 Grand Ave.,
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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