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firstname.lastname@example.org. I am represented by these fine galleries and you can contact them to purchase paintings: Marigold Arts in Santa Fe, NM; Mary Williams Fine Art in Boulder, CO; the Majestic Gallery in Idaho Springs, CO.
Cliffs of Shining Stone 12 x 16 pastel won 3rd place in the Pastel Society of Colorado 2016 Members' Show at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
Hillside Farm 16 x 12 pastel was selected for the Plein Air Artists of Colorado exhibit July 30, 2015 at Mary Williams Fine Art in Boulder, CO.
Sprague Lake Sonata, 12 x 16 pastelwaspart of the Celebrate the Rockies exhibit in Estes Park.
Meadow Tapestry, 16 x 20 pastel was selected for the Mile High International Pastel Exhibit 2015.
Alaska Blues, 12 x 16 pastel This painting has been accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies biennial show in Albuquerque in June, 2015.
Bedazzled was selected by Southwest Art Magazine for their Snow Scenes portfolio in the December, 2013 issue. It also won first place in the Pastel Society of Colorado 2013 members' show.
The Road Less Traveled was featured in Southwest Art Magazine Sweepstakes.
painting demo at Gilpin Arts Association Gallery. Photo by Sandy Early
I have been painting western landscapes for over 30 years. My style has been described as contemporary impressionism. My challenge as a painter is to capture what I sense and love about a place. I am attracted to the patterns and rhythms of the landscape and try to interpret what I see and feel in a personal style. I am not beholden to the view in front of me and manipulate design elements to emphasize my visual statement.
I have been painting with soft pastels for over 20 years. I love working en plein air. Setting up my easel in a meadow or next to a stream and working quickly to capture the ever-changing light is an enjoyable challenge. In the winter my car becomes a traveling studio. I like painting winter scenes but standing in snow to paint is not my idea of fun. I also shoot photographs of those moments of magical fleeting light and from my hikes into the Colorado wilderness where I can't carry heavy art supplies. Then I translate those photographs into sketches and then into final paintings in the studio.
I built a small studio on my property in 2009. Please call to visit when you are in the area.
Aspen Shadows 16 x 20 pastel won Best of Show in the Gilpin Arts Show. SOLD
2016 1st Place Pastels Greeley National Art Show 2016 1st Place Quickdraw Aspen Plein Air 2016 3rd Place Pastel Society of Colorado Members' Show 2015 2nd Place Colorado Pastel Society Member Show 2015 1st Place Pastels National Greely Art Show 2015 3rd Place Plein Air Rockies Quickdraw 2014 1st Place Plein Air Rockies Quickdraw 2014 3rd Place Gilpin Arts Mountain States exhibit 2013 Best of Show Colorful Colorado, Evergreen, CO 2013 1st Place Pastel Society of Colorado members' show 2013 2nd Place Gilpin Artists Ass'n Mountain States exhibit 2012 3rd Place Colorado Pastel Society members' show 2010 Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence, Denver Plein Air Exhibit 2010 Best of Show Gilpin Artists Ass'n Mountain States Exhibit 2010 Best of Show Evergreen Pastel Show 2010 First Place Evergreen Artists Association Show 2009 Art selected for Evergreen Arts Center 2010 Calendar 2009 Art selected for cover of Serenity Magazine 2009 Art selected for cover of Mountain Pages Magazine 2008 Best of Show, Evergreen Artists' Ass'n Members Show 2009 artist-in-residence, Gilpin County Public Library 2008 1st Place Evergreen Plein Air Competition & Exhibit 2008 3rd Place Mixed Media Evergreen Fine Arts Fair 2007 Artist-In-Residence, Mancos State Park, CO 2006 Cover Art Alamosa County Calendar 2006 Best of Show Colorado Art Educators Exhibit 2006 1st Place Evergreen Plein Air Invitational 2006 3rd Place Colorado Pastel Society Annual Show 2004 3rd Place Colorado Pastel Society Annual Show 2004 People's Choice Award CO Pastel Society Annual Show 2004 Honorable Mention CO Pastel Society Annual Show 2003 Juror's Award Colorado Art Open, Golden CO 2002 Honorable Mention War and Peace, Core Gallery, Denver 1999 3rd Place Celebrate the Rio, Alamosa, CO 1997 Poster Award for 50th Annual Gilpin Artsists' Assoc Show 1996 Colorado High School Art Educator of the Year
SELECT JURIED EXHIBITS
2017,16,15 Greeley National Art Exhibit, Greeley, CO 2017,16,15,14 Gilpin Arts Association 2015 International Association of Pastel Societies, Albuquerque 2014 New Mexico Pastel Society, Albuquerque, NM 2014 Plein Air Colorado, Denver, CO 2014 Plein Air Rockies, Estes park, CO 2013 Plein Air Colorado 2013 Plein Air Painters of CO Show, Crested Butte, CO 2012 Plein Air Painters of CO Nat'l Show Taos, NM 2011 Plein Air Painters of CO Nat'l Show Denver, CO 2010,09 Denver CO Plein Air Exhibit, 2010 Evergreen CO Pastel Open 2012,11,09 Mile Hi National Pastel Exhibit 2008 Evergreen Artists Association members Show 2007,06 Evergreen Plein Air Invitational-Evergreen CO 2006 Word As Image Denver Art Students League 2006 Colorado Art Education Association Show 2006 Colorado Pastel Society Annual Show 2006,97,96,94,92 Gilpin Arts Association Show 2005 Evergreen Arts Center Invitational Show 2004,02,00, 99 Colorado Watermedia Exhibit, Denver, CO 2003,01 Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO 2003 Colorado Pastel Society, Lakewood CO 2001 Colorado Pastel Society, Grand Junction, CO 1994 The Great Frame-up, Littleton,CO
Virginia painting en plein air in Evergreen, CO.
photo by Marta Rodeheffer
I earned a BS in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MAE from Rhode Island School of Design. I have studied pastels with Doug Dawson, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Desmond O'Hagan, Terry Ludwig, Jan Myers and thank them for sharing their expertise.