She studied visual arts in college and after working in marketing for a couple of years, she decided to go full force into creating pieces of her own. Inspired by other artists, she found the value of art and how it can positively connect people from all around the world. Amy specializes in large scale acrylic paintings that incorporate gold leaf. Combining realism with abstract ideas, she hopes that her work makes the viewer feel something and want to take action based off that feeling. She believes that art captures things you cannot say with words. Although sometimes this can be painful, there is a positive effect since other people can relate to it.
I create art that is light, bright, and playful to counteract negativity and sadness in the world. I draw and paint women, (probably inspired from the many strong women in my life) and plants and animals too. I have my degree in art education and am passionate about letting students have messy creative experiences. Favorite mediums of mine include ceramics, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Currently my days are spent playing with my best creation of all, my baby Mia. Being an artist to me is not a hat I wear during nap times or when I find a free moment, my life and motherhood are a form of artistic expression. Some of my art is documented on paper, and some is not. How wonderful it is to live at the intersection of life and creativity.
tattooer and illustrator
Denver, Colorado-based tattooer and visual artist from Atlanta, Georgia. I use drawing as a stream of consciousness and/or journaling practice to process my experiences, my identities, and my relationships. Sometimes I know what my images are about, sometimes I don't. The shapes, lines, and beings that spawn are my trauma, hurt, and joy incarnate. Seeing the original marks I make simultaneously makes my identities and trauma more visible to me, and more abstract. And that feels good. I am also lucky enough to facilitate the never ending process of understanding ourselves for others through my tattooing practice. We archive, we process, we record, we reclaim. And it is truly an honor.
acrylic on resin
We go about our days, stuck in constant stress without taking a moment of reflection. But life is not only the passing of time. It is the collection of decisions and experiences we have along the way. I think of my linework as a visual representation of the passing of time. Each line is a moment that has been influenced by past decisions building up and growing into something unexpected. I achieve this during the individual creation of each line. The first line is the calmest, uninfluenced, and pure. From there, each line is formed by the slight deviations of the lines that came before it, slowly morphing into something more complex. The excitement lies in the unknown, each line takes its own unexpected shape. I want my paintings to give off a sense of calm to those who experience it. To gift a moment to pause and reflect. To help visualize each journey is a collection of experiences that transform as each day goes by
Jessie Bélisle is a young self-taught contemporary artist, from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada now living and working from Denver, Colorado in the United States.
Using brushes, rollers, spray paint and pastel, she works with layers applying different techniques to create depth and texture. The relationship between the different mediums is her motivation. Modern colors act also as tools, so that her paintings emulate the rhythm of nature and life.Translating her knowledge as a reiki master is absolutely fundamental for her. She's passionate about the power of colors, fascinated by the impact a piece will have after leaving the studio. Intention behind the creation, respects the principles of reiki, influencing the energy that the canvas will carry. The focal points determined according to a sacred geometry, applied subtly, allow the works to respect natural laws.
Acrylic and Resin
Javier Badell’s work oscillates between randomness and control. By mixing different paint colors and pouring them onto the canvas, Badell gives way to liquid densities and gravity. He retakes control with meticulous color selection and controlled brush strokes to blend and stretch. He aims to create chromatic discoveries that stimulate the senses. Badell’s use of bold colors was inherited from his equatorial hometown (Maracaibo, Venezuela) affectionately named "La Tierra del Sol Amada" (The Beloved Land of the Sun).
From a very young age, you could find me crushing wheels and tires at my family’s iron recycling business that has been established since 1964. I was taught to work hard and save my money…for handbags. Fast forward to interning for a couture designer in NYC, I knew I wanted to pursue my art individually. From there, Jay Davis Bags developed in Denver, Colorado. My Art to Wear handbag line continues to grow annually and while that has been fueling my soul, something bigger was calling. I’m a storyteller through and through. My intention is to share those moments through my large scale leather art. I have a passion for color and texture. This is my love letter to homes and spaces nationwide.
Kristen Abbott is an intuitive, mixed media painter living in Boulder, CO. She is known for her use of texture and layering to create history and a sense of story in her work. She enjoys making marks with unconventional tools such as brooms, scrapers, and kitchen utensils. Her process is visceral, guided by emotion as well as a naturally perceptive eye for composition and design. Because our lives are loud, Kristen wants her work to feel like a small pause. A deep breath. Not one more thing adding to the noise, but a reminder to slow and notice the depth and interest in quiet moments. Beauty may very well be dazzling. But it also can be still and small—just a hint at what is to come. Kristen’s work can be found in both private and corporate collections across the US (as well as private collections in Italy and England). She was recently awarded a Denis Diderot Grant and will be traveling to France as an Artist-in-Residence in the coming year.
painter and muralist
Laura’s work is monochrome; she allows the lack of color to represent a world beyond our vision. Within Laura's work a common masculine theme can be discovered but more notable is the story behind the man in hat the story she shares 2 dimensionally through layers of loss and the power of resilience. Her life and her art is driven by the power of love and the creative liberation it has provided her.
watercolor and mixed media
Lori Ruiz explores the icons of the American west and the diminishing presence of wild spaces. Through watercolor and mixed media painting she tells a story of the past, present, and future. Juxtaposing realistic portraiture and minimalistic geometric background she hints at the tension between man and nature. She is also an advocate for women supporting women within the art community.
I have a passion for vintage and “worn” surfaces and work the canvas with layers before applying images. My paintings has a reference of colonial and self thought portraits. The figures are stylized and abstract. I have a love for color and also symbolism. I guess you can call my work naive surrealism Often my work has a message of love and taking care of our planet.
I am a painter and software engineer living in Longmont, Colorado with my husband, Patrick and one very spoiled cat named Lois. I’m originally from West Virginia. I’ve lived in the mountains my whole life- they’re in my blood. I spend a lot of time outdoors when I’m not working, and most of my creative inspiration comes from the landscape, both natural and built environments. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed making things and working with my hands, but I didn’t consider myself an artist until I created my first authentic body of work in college. Now I always paint in series, and whether it’s landscapes, abstracts, or another idea I want to pursue, my fresh approach to color is the common thread. My paintings are bold, modern instances of nature, in full color.
mixed media and muralist
Taylor Herzog is a Colorado based painter, muralist, and lover of dance. Her work resembles and plays off the structure and foundation of the Colorado landscape she boldly portrays and loves. Each of her paintings are a visual diary, a representation of her playfulness, energy, vitality, and willingness to love and explore. It’s simple to get lost in the vibrant colors, textures, and topographical elements that her work exudes.
mixed media and muralist
Courtney Griffin's work is an exploration of the duality of our human experience. Her use of vibrant colors with contrasting black and white exhibits the "both and" relationship of our emotions and cycles.
As a self-identified introvert, Courtney's authentic voice and power has awakened through her creative expression.
Her collectors turn to her work in transitional times as an access to their inner power, wisdom and courage.
GIANNA is an abstract painter with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University and based in Denver, CO. Her bold, unstructured and gestural work explores modalities of the human condition and power of the cognitive creative process.. Her work stresses the importance of the harmonization of these components to bring insight to truth, purpose and identity. The push and pull, opposition and juxtaposition seen in the coupling of the raw, bold colors and distorted gestures and imagery with negative space, fluid and organic forms speak of the internal and external conflict each individual faces in a world flooded with confusion and misinformation.