Welcome to my website.  All artwork copyrights belong to the artist and images may not be used for any purpose without written permission from the artist.  To contact me about classes, demonstrations, galleries, or events, write to me at vjunseld@aol.com.   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 pastel was part 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

                                 SELECT AWARDS

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.

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