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 or call 303-582-5724.   I am represented by these fine galleries: Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder, CO; the Majestic Gallery, Idaho Springs, CO;  and  Vertu Fine Art, Socorro, NM. http://www.vertuarts.com



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.

 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 first place in the Gilpin Arts Show and is available at the Majestic Gallery in Idaho Springs.


                                 SELECT AWARDS

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

2014 New mexico Pastel Society, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Plein Air Colorado, Denver, CO
2014 Plein Air Rockies, Estes park, CO
2014 68th annual Gilpin Arts
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


 painting demo at Gilpin Arts   photo by Sandy Early











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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