At the opening of artist Xochi Solis’ workshop at the Art Students League on Denver on June 17th, my fellow attendees and I were asked to describe the last place we had traveled to that was completely new to us. Many of the women present mentioned exotic trips to Europe, but I talked about the … More Exploring Memory and Place with Xochi Solis
Talking with Denver-based abstract artist Tonia Bonnell about clouds, one can begin to look at them differently. Clouds have long fascinated Bonnell, who noticed during her undergrad years studying printmaking at Illinois State University that from the ground a cloud looks solid, but from an airplane, its makeup of millions of tiny water droplets is … More Artists I Know: Tonia Bonnell
It dawned on me recently: I know a lot of artists. And many are pretty awesome, talented people. Their work needs to be out there in the world, especially now. In order to illuminate the world of art for those not in it, I am going to regularly post interviews and conversations with these amazing … More Artists I Know: Elise Morris
While working on a recent commission, I was given a challenge: don’t use the color blue. Or purple. OR PINK. Let me tell you, it was not easy! My first 15 paintings were absolute failures. On the first go around, I created paintings with purple in them, and on the second, the red paint I … More New Endeavors
Whenever I think of line- in the design sense- I think of the word mark-making. Mark-making is one of those art terms that you hear in art school as an artist, but it doesn’t really mean much to anyone outside the arts. (Frankly, it doesn’t always mean much to artists!) However, it is a term … More Elemental Beauty: Line and Texture
I will not weigh in on gun control, or the need for better screening and treatment for mental illness. I will not tell you to “hug your kids a little tighter” (even if you do) or to write your congressman. Urgings are not my intention. I may or may not agree with any of them, … More For today.
Skyler McGee: Balancing Nature and Space I have followed Skyler McGee’s work since she was a student of mine at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Since then, her work has evolved into careful, poetic considerations of nature, space, and color. Inspired by the natural world, Skyler works in fresh, delicate layers. She plays with combinations … More Art & Beauty: Skyler McGee