In my artwork I strive for a combination of uncanny realism, and whimsy, enhancing the limits a bit on the color scheme. Like looking through rose colored glasses, true to life but with a bit more sparkle. My subject matter is varied, and I enjoy a diversity of subjects painting something for almost everyone. My animal portraits capture the very essence of the animal. Showing character, warmth and the light in the animal’s eyes. In my floral paintings I give you a close up view of flowers with great attention to detail, exploring the lights and shadows of outdoor blooms. In still life renditions, I strive to capture the beauty and wonder of common items around the house. In my landscape paintings I hope to make you want to spend time in that special place, and maybe have a picnic there.
BFA in Art with an emphasis in Illustration from Colorado State University, 1977 – 1982. Upon completely college I became a freelance illustrator for several companies in the Denver area. Along with full time positions in the Corporate world, including the DOE. My work can be categorized as Contemporary Western. Traditional western subject matter with a more modern, expressive interpretation. Drawing is the skeleton of all my work. Without quality drawing the piece will fall apart. Then the color, shapes and lines take the subject beyond the usual while at the same time keeping brush strokes to a minimum.
I was introduced to photography in 1970 by my Father who was a portrait photographer and I have been photographing ever since. Photography is my passion… It fills my soul with a feeling of fulfillment like nothing else.
A photograph can just be a two dimensional image absent of emotion, but photography when it truly engages the viewer can convey so much more. When I capture a photograph, I try to go beyond stimulating the visual senses. I try to stay “present in the moment” so I am aware of everything that is going on around me. This awareness allows me to better create a final print that is all encompassing and represents faithfully the experience of the “moment of capture”.
I began painting seriously in 1970, two years after
graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in
My work has been represented by galleries throughout
Colorado since the mid-1970's.
Since childhood, I have been drawing and painting. It is an
integral part of who I am, and one way I express my
passion for the beauty in nature.
Not only do I love exploring the many ways I can use
watercolors or pastels, I am constantly inspired and
motivated by the natural world and all of it's moods.
There are many dramas in nature and I find it fascinating
I immerse myself in the process of painting and find great
self-satisfaction when I like a finished piece. Sometimes
the final painting is a surprise, as watercolor often has a
personality of it's own. I like to let the paint "do it's own
thing" and just go along for the ride.
My goal is to please myself, but the greatest honor is when
someone else is drawn into my painting and it touches
In 1999 Brenda came to Colorado from Georgia to visit a
friend. She never left. She fell in love with the mountains,
the colors, the weather and the people and found
inspiration everywhere she looked. She took a job as an
Interior Designer Consultant, but after 3 years she gave
into her heart and bacame a full time Fine Artist.
Brenda’s work has been shown in many types of venues from learning centers, restaurants and hotels to museums and galleries. Her exhibits have included the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Four Seasons Resorts, Element, Independence Gallery and The Bruell.
The subject matter of my paintings is driven by my interest in American history, and my eclectic taste in music. The predominately jazz themed paintings are inspired by the Harlem jazz culture of the 1930-40's, and the blues music that originated in Memphis and the deep south. New Orleans carries on these traditions and influences my work as well. I use acrylics in all of my work and I use no reference to paint from. My wish is that my paintings will be interpreted as fun and joyous, but sweetened with a little pain as well. I believe that true art must be original, inspiring and/or beautiful to look at, and display a level of talent beyond the ordinary. If you have any comments, I would love to hear them.
Watercolor is my favorite medium. Landscape is the subject
that most captivates me, especially the magic of light playing on
trees, water and mountains. Birds and animals, ocean, golf and
desert scenes also find their way into my artwork. I also
love teaching art workshops, which fulfills a deep passion of
giving back and sharing the excitement of art with others.
My formal art training began in the early 70’s. After working in
several mediums, I focused on watercolor because of the
excitement, challenge and transparency it offers. I'm drawn
to capturing that feeling of when the beauty of nature touches
your soul. My work has been purchased and taken to points all
over the globe, including China, Australia, Germany, Italy, France,
Denmark, Canada, England and beyond. I laugh and wish I could
travel as much as my paintings have!
I am a naturalistic painter and painting the great outdoors is my first love. Living in
Colorado all of my life, I have developed a keen understanding of color, light and depth of
perception. I am both a plein--‐aire painter and a studio painter. I have become proficient in oils, watercolors and pastels. I enjoy painting a large range of subject matter but my primary passion is the Rocky Mountain Region from Alaska to Arizona, and the wildlife living there. As a teach of art for 32 years, I have learned as much from my students and I have taught them. I am a a co-op owner in the Georgetown Gallery and have enjoyed working with my fellow members for 24 years.
Donna Sena Keirns
Donna Sena Keirns
Donna carries her parent’s Hispanic heritage, as well as the family name. It holds generations of blacksmiths and Ralph Sena's gift to design and fabricate tangible beauty. Metalwork is in Donna's blood, as much a part of her as DNA. She carries on her family traditions in silver and stone, imbuing each piece of jewelry she creates with the rich Santa Fe culture that nurtured her childhood.
The childhood of Eli Hopkins was one of adventure, imagination and struggle. While young, his creativity developed and his art career really began. Growing up throughout the southeastern United States, Eli had the chance to experience art first hand by watching and learning from his father, artist Mark Hopkins.
As a child, Eli loved to draw and from time to time tried his hand at sculpting. One of his first sculptures, still a prized possession, is the profile of an African elephant, which his father cast into resin material. The satisfaction of designing, creating and producing this piece was a blossom of Eli's sculpting career.
Elly is a Colorado native, born and raised in Larimer County. At a young age, Elly discovered the beauty of water-coloring. In middle school, she began drawing pictures of her friend’s names with decorations of their favorite things. While in high school, Elly’s creative mind ventured into photography which lead into her college years. During Elly’s art pursuit in college she discovered the freedom of painting and the technical ways of design in land-scaping.
Glenda studied art at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She learned all the basic rules that applied to painting, drawing, and sculpture in the sixties. Later she found that she liked breaking those rules but feels as though she will always be a student when it comes to art. She has won numerous awards throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. She has judged art competitions for the Oklahoma Chickasaw Nation the last four years. She and her husband were active members of the Ada Artist Association and enjoyed being part owners of the Old Bank Gallery in Ada, Oklahoma.
Ildanach Studios is nestled in the foothills just west of
Loveland Colorado. Artists, Sheron and Curtis
Rowland co-create beautiful wearable art out of
recycled metals in their timber and straw bale art
studio. Ildanach, becomes apropos. From the Gaelic language
group, Ildanach, pronounced ill-DA-nock, on a secular level means "all craftsman" and represents our dedication to this philosophy as well as
our striving for the highest craftsmanship in all that we do.
I am a retired physician selling photographic prints of beautiful scenes taken over about 10 years, mostly from hikes in Colorado with my wife, Mary Jo. The beauty of the fall canopy of aspen in the Rocky Mountains is beyond description. I present a large set of photographs from fall hikes in Larimer County and particularly on West White Pine Mountain near Box Prairie. This area, unfortunately, was burned in the 2012 High Park Fire and has been closed since, but I captured many scenes in the fall of 2011. We hiked frequently in Rocky Mountain National Park and my inventory includes many photographs showing the beauty of this special area.
My paintings start with a sense of fascination and inquiry- what is unique and beautiful about a scene or subject? My challenge is to capture and communicate that special beauty with paint. Sometimes the idea for a painting spontaneously presents itself as in plein air painting. I am inspired by the quiet meandering of a river, the vastness of a desert gorge or the way afternoon sun highlights the curve of an arch or the angle of a roof top. Sometimes my paintings are inspired by many impressions and feelings of a place. These paintings are all about using technique to express relationships, to create a sense of distance, time and space.
As a graduate of the University of Missouri with an archaeology/anthropology major I have always felt a close connection history and the Earth and I collected rocks from the time I could walk. When I had the opportunity to take classes from the Gemological Institute of America I was in heaven and I completed my Graduate Gemologist certification in 1988. I worked in several retail jewelry stores over the next few years but it wasn't until 1999 that I was able to take a bench jewelry class. That class opened up a whole new world of creativity. I am fascinated by the endless beauty of colored stones and I never seem to run out of ideas for ways to mount them to set off their colors. I love working with various metals, creating textures, finshes and patinas, sometimes to enhance stones and sometimes just mixing the metals different ways. I'm always looking for new techniques to try and master. Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind. I make my home now in Loveland, Colorado and I market my jewelry under Jewel Lyn Designs. I am currently represented in several galleries in Colorado and Wyoming.
I am a self taught artist, blessed with many natural gifts, of which painting is my favorite. Not having traditional training, but having a good sense for composition, is one of the attributes that allowed me to develop my own unique style. All my paintings are reflections of places in my mind. Every painting is an exciting adventure into the unknown, inspired from within.I never know what the end result will be. Music is a very important part in the creation of my paintings. Infusing my studio with dynamic music connects me with my Visionary. World, the source of all my creativity. I encourage you to listen to the music that the paintings were created with. It will enhance their mystical quality and intensify your experience to the fullest.
A mosaic is a work consisting of fragments. These fragments (tesserae) can consist of anything you can conceive of from 14k gold smalti to pebbles, glass to fine gems, any object that can be attached to a surface. Creating interesting and endless combinations with color, pattern and texture, the addition of texture—beads, embellishments, jewels—add to the excitement of a piece. The shape of the tile as well as the flow (andamenti) of the tesserae and grout lines and thickness of the grout line contribute as much to each piece as the color. I also like to add vintage items to my work or rejuvenate an old item to use as a substrate for my tesserae. I enjoy the search for these items as much as I enjoy the inspiration they provide.
Born and lived most of her life in Ada, Oklahoma. As a graduate of East Central University, she taught school for 24 years; most of those years as a junior high art teacher. Her livelihood was teaching but her passion has always been art. Since retiring from her career in education she has devoted her time and energy to becoming the best artist possible. Storm has always been drawn to portrait painting but has expanded her interests to other subject matters. Her goal is to capture the mood of her subjects through the use of light, color and composition. She has studied with Gay Faulkenberry, Ann Templeton, Timothy C. Tyler, Ron Riddick, Kim English and Dan Gerhartz.
I enjoy making functional pottery, such as; bowls, plates, mugs, serving and baking dishes that are usable works of art. When I sit down at the wheel to throw, I put a lot of thought in to the intended use of the piece and the ergonomics of the design. I’ll ask myself “What will this bowl be used for? Will this mug fit a woman or a man’s hand? Will the pitcher
pour correctly?” I learned this through years of trials, drips, and handles too small to grip. My pottery is oven, microwave, dishwasher and food safe. Fused Glass is kiln formed glass. I love the eye catching sparkle of Dichoric glass and the smooth shiny surface of Fused Glass. I started making jewelry, dishes and plates with glass about 8 years ago with a small glass kiln. Didn’t take long for me to outgrow it and “NEED” a bigger kiln. Now I can make larger plates and artsy stuff as well. I’ve made
glass panels for cabinets and globes for light fixtures. My challenge is to combine the rough earthy surface of the clay with the smooth bright surface of the glass.
Blair's love of sculpting began many years ago when he started carving neckerchief slides for his Boy Scout troop. As his wooden sculptures grew in size, and his collectors grew in age, a change of mediums became necessary. Sculpting in clay gives Blair artistic freedoms that wood never could, and casting in bronze adds elegance and timelessness to his works of art. As Blair's "hobby" matured, his career with Hewlett Packard allowed him the financial freedom to develop his love of sculpting in ways that many artists only dream of.
Valorie is originally from Modesto, California, but has traveled and lived in and out of the country, currently residing in Berthoud, Colorado. A self-taught artist, she began drawing at the age of seven. She enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1979, with assignments in Turkey, Germany, Texas, and she retired from the Air Force in 1995 following 3 years at the Pentagon. The opportunity to travel and live in a variety of places has greatly influenced her work. From subject matter, style and medium, her work encompasses florals, wildlife, still life, abstract and human form – using watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media. She currently is a member of the Independence Gallery and Thompson Valley Art League, both in Loveland, Colorado.
Walter Scott Fenton
Walter Scott Fenton
Scott Fenton, a Denver native, has spent more than 50 years enjoying Colorado's backcountry. As son, husband, and father, he has indulged and shared his love for camping, hiking, skiing and dirt biking across the West. Scott's appreciation for God's creation challenges him to interpret and portray the unending variety of Nature each time he picks up his brush. Initially Scott turned to painting as stress relief from his first career in healthcare. His artistic studies drew him deeper into this avocation. Ultimately, Scott realized his soul's true calling - applying paint to canvas.