Eye on Artists …
Editor’s note: Welcome to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s newest feature, “Eye on Artists.” Fridays in the Options section, the GSPI features background on various artists in the valley.The GSPI is asking accomplished artists to participate in this feature by completing the following form with 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, or 2014 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Julia Coffman is Main Street Gallery’s May Artist of the Month. Her oil paintings are on display throughout May at Main Street Gallery, 817 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, 945-4817.Artist statement: My passion for nature and love of oil paint are what influence my art. I create my paintings that allow me to express how I feel at the moment and let my soul speak about the subject. My aim is to convey my internal and external exploration through color, design and texture. Each painting takes a part of me and creates something that expresses my feelings for the subject at the time.Artist background: I grew up in the Midwest and have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past 20 years. I live rurally outside of Carbondale along with my husband, Doug Coffman.Artist education:– Fiber artist, Torrey Pine Needle Basketry– Colorado Mountain College, 1996, associate’s degree in veterinary technology, and classes in oil painting and drawing– Redstone Art Foundation, Liz Todd and Dan Young oil painting workshops– Watercolor classes, Dottie Fox workshops– Kahhak Fine Arts and School, oil painting classes for five yearsShows and gallery exhibitions:– Kahhak Fine Arts and School, group shows in Aspen and Carbondale– Aspen Art Museum, 2001 and 2003, Roaring Fork Open– Glenwood Springs Art Guild fall art festivals:2001, amateur category, third place; honorable mention2002, advanced category, Sandra Gardner Award2003, advanced, second place; honorable mention2004, professional class– Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities, Valley Visual Arts Show, 2002, 2003, 2005– MOCA, Rocky Mountain Biennial 2002, juried exhibition, Fort Collins– Aspen Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, Aspen Highlands, 2003-05– Main Street Gallery’s May Artist of the Month, Glenwood Springs, 2005Family Information: My husband, Doug, is an equine veterinarian. My two sons are 27 and 29. My older son has a Ph.D. in math and my second son is a chef in Boulder. Both my sons are very artistic themselves. They love that I’m an artist and their apartments have my paintings in them.How did you get started as an artist? I was a veterinary technician working with my husband and after I quite working with him I started painting. I was flipping through a CMC catalog and saw some oil painting classes. I took a class at Carbondale then went back to CMC and took Fred Haberlein’s drawing class. I feel very lucky that as small as this valley is, we have really great art teachers. And I’ve always had the support of my friends. Art takes a lot of support.What do you do in your free time? We have a cabin that we caretake where we like to spend time with our three dogs. We also have two horses, Cutter and Headlight, that I like to ride. It’s the animal lover’s demise.What’s your favorite medium and why? Oil. I love the texture of oil. I’ve done that and stuck with it.Who is your favorite artist and why? Chagall, Diebenkorn, DeKoonig, Kandinsky, Joan Mitchell, John Nieto, Henri Isaacs and Louisa McElwain. It’s a combination. My house is Southwestern decor but I love abstracts. Kandinsky has probably been one of my biggest influences.What or who is your biggest influence and why? My husband, Doug, and fellow artists Terri Fontaine and Linda Edwards. Doug has gotten really involved and makes most of my frames. Without Linda’s support and my husband, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.
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