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PLAN Jeffco is excited to announce a series of events in September & October 2016 to celebrate the beauty of Jefferson County Open Space parks—
Meet the Artists
In Plein Sight™ was a free, public exhibition for all ages to enjoy. The event featured 27 professional artists, chosen through a national search, painting from dawn to dusk at one Jeffco Open Space location each day from Oct. 4 - Oct. 8, 2016. They visited South Valley Park (Oct. 4), Mount Falcon Park (Oct. 5), Crown Hill Park (Oct. 6), White Ranch Park (Oct. 7) & along the Clear Creek Trail in Golden (Oct. 8). The public was invited to take a hike or stroll to observe the painters as they worked during the height of Colorado’s fall colors.
Cliff Austin, Aurora, Colorado
Cliff Austin is a graduate of Denver Institute of Technology and The Rocky Mountain School of Art. An award-winning Colorado artist, Cliff has been painting and illustrating since 1980 and is affiliated with several Colorado art organizations including the Pastel Society of Colorado, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Oil Painters of America and American Impressionists Society. His work can be seen at Arts At Denver Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO, Cornflower Boutique and Gallery, Frisco, CO and Grand Lake art gallery, Grand Lake, CO.
The core of Cliff’s art is the relationship of light on shape using line and tone and color as it wraps and flows around the landscape, cityscape and figures. His work can be described as colorful, impressionistic and abstract.
See examples: Cliff Austin or at www.cliffaustin.com
Gina Blickenstaff, Fort Collins, Colorado
An award-winning professional artist for four decades, Gina Blickenstaff specializes in portraiture, with a particular fondness for the Mother and Child theme, still life and landscapes. She welcomes any excuse to pick a bouquet of flowers or go for a hike in search of a riveting landscape, and her artistic approach is based upon her reverence for all forms of life and the loving and creative relationships which they form, recognition of the light that pervades all, and a love of color.
Gina has participated in the Boulder Open Studios Tours nearly every year since its inception and will also participate regularly in the Fort Collins Open Studios Tour. She has recently exhibited her work at exhibitions in Tampa, FL and Denver, CO.
See examples: Gina Blickenstaff or at www.ginablickenstaff.com
Patty Dwyer, Littleton, Colorado
Whether working “en plein air” or in her studio, a sublime connection with nature permeates Patty Dwyer’s paintings, which have been described as expressive, joyful, textural, colorful and ebullient. A self-taught, life-long artist who works primarily in oils and soft pastels, Patty only recently began showing and selling her work.
Patty is a member of Plein Air Painters of Colorado, Pastel Artists of Colorado, Greater Castle Rock Art Guild and the Denver Art Students League. As the founding member and chairperson of the Arts Committee at Cherokee Ranch & Castle in Sedalia, she is very involved in building long-term arts and programs at this historic castle and ranch.
See examples: Patty Dwyer or at www.pattydwyerartist.com
Blair Hamill, Littleton, Colorado
Blair Hamill is a professional landscape painter whose work can be found in juried shows around Colorado, in The Old Gallery in Allenspark, the Studio Gallery in Estes Park, Ft. Collins Museum of Art and numerous small shows in non-traditional spaces around the Denver metro area.
His pieces all begin as plein air studies, as Blair uses a method of sketching and plein air painting a scene, then bringing that reference material back to the studio and painting a larger piece from his studies. Blair has placed in the top 15% in the Bold Brush competition, been featured in the Foothills Art Center National Watermedia exhibit, placed in the top three at the Lone Tree Cultural Center juried show and his paintings are featured in collections worldwide.
See examples: Blair Hamill or at www.blairhamill.com
Don Hamilton, Castle Rock, Colorado
A Colorado native, Don Hamilton’s paintings evoke a strong emotion, the sense of 'being there.' Don’s desire to work from life and to vary his subject matter led him to branch out into other areas and most importantly, to begin painting outside, 'en plein air.' The exhilaration of standing face to face with the subject, challenged by the changing light, unpredictable weather and the need to distill the scene down to its essence continue to be the motivation that drives him to venture out in all types of weather.
An award winning artist, Don has exhibited in a variety of galleries and art shows throughout the country including: The Small Works Great Wonders Show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum-Oklahoma; American Miniatures Show, Settlers West Gallery-Tucson, Arizona; Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, Trailside Gallery-Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Western Masters Show- Great Falls, Montana and Couer d’Alene Idaho; Salon International-San Antonio, Texas; The Russell Auction at the CM Russell Museum-Great Falls, Montana; Mountain Oyster Club-Tucson, Arizona; The National Exhibition of The Oil Painters of America and The Colorado Governor’s Invitational Show at the Loveland Museum-Loveland, Colorado.
See examples: Don Hamilton or at www.donhamiltonart.com
Linda Hamilton, Castle Rock, Colorado
Linda Hamilton is a Colorado native. She has been inspired by the landscape colors, textures and layers of granite, shale and rusted iron between the layers of rock created by heat and moisture over time.
Linda especially loves old mining fields that reveal layers of colored minerals and textures streaking down the side of a mountain. She creates one of a kind paintings and jewelry for people who are not afraid to express themselves.
See examples: Linda Hamilton or at www.lindahamiltoncreations.com
Shelley Howard, Denver, Colorado
Originally from Ohio, Shelley received a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University, and later an MA in visual arts education from The University of Northern Colorado while teaching art in the public schools in Colorado. From the beginning, her work has been inspired by the architectural landscape in Colorado and New Mexico. The interplay of edges with expressive brushstrokes, or in Shelley’s case, mark making in pastel, helps unify the works while creating a feeling of rhythm throughout each piece.
Shelley regularly exhibits her work as an active member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Her studio and gallery is at Artists on Santa Fe, Denver, CO. In June Shelley participated as a juried artist in the 2016 Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, Santa Fe, NM.
See examples: Shelley Howard or at www.artistshelleyhoward.com
Debra Jeffry, Paola, Kansas
Debra Jeffry’s art reflects the beauty of the world in real or imaginary places. Using soft pastel or oil paints, Debra employs bold color and texture to develop paintings that are contemporary, yet timeless, and offer a sense of “quietude.”
An award-winning artist, Debra has participated in shows at the Art Student League of Denver, Breckenridge, Frisco, Littleton, Arapahoe Community College, the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, Miniature Show in Arvada and others. Her work has also been shown at Artwork Network and Artists on Santa Fe in Denver, CO, and Frisco Fine Art Gallery, Frisco, CO.
See examples: Debra Jeffry or at www.jeffryfinearts.com
Janeice Linden, Littleton, Colorado
Painting landscape and wildlife has been Janeice Linden’s passion for more than 20 years.
She has participated in the Southeastern Wildlife Art Show, Natureworks Art Show and Out West Art Show, and her work has been featured at OPA Salon Show of Traditional Oils, OPA Western Regional Show, Society of Animal Artists Exhibition, American Miniatures and Small Works Great Wonders. Additionally, Janeice’s paintings have been exhibited at Horizon Art Gallery, Settlers West, Wildhorse Gallery and the Beverly McNeil Gallery.
See examples: Janeice Linden or at www.wildlifeinpastel.com
Scott Lines, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Scott is an award winning plein air and studio landscape painter who paints nearly every day. He works primarily in oils, with a limited palette, to capture the beauty of the areas he paints, and has done so for over 20 years. He is known for his realistic and powerful scenes, which show a stunning sense of distance and light. Scott will paint anywhere, but often finds himself drawn to water and expansive vistas, including streams, rivers, and rural roads. Most of Scott’s work is from Colorado and the American west.
Scott’s likes to find common outdoor scenes and bring out their natural beauty. Viewing his paintings often creates a satisfying sense of familiarity from his viewers. “So much of our modern lives is spent indoors” says Lines. “It can be uplifting to be surrounded by art we enjoy”.
See examples: Scott Lines or at www.scottlines.com
Deborah McAllister, Lakewood, Colorado
Deborah McAllister lives and paints in Colorado, and loves all aspects of the environment. She encourages others to nurture and protect our special surroundings, and she has been privileged to support organizations such as Summit County’s Continental Divide Land Trust with her art.
Originally from Wisconsin, Deborah attended Colorado Institute of Art and returned to Colorado in 1998 to reside full-time. She is a board member of Plein Air Artists Colorado and shows her work at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery in Denver and Rijks Family Gallery in Crested Butte.
See examples: Deborah McAllister or at www.DeborahMcAllister.com
David Montgomery, Alamosa, Colorado
A native Coloradan and avid artist since childhood, David Montgomery spent his formative years beneath the looming presence of Pike’s Peak, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and later the remote environs of the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. He strives to commemorate the amazing vistas that Colorado provides, and he is dedicated to environmental activism to preserve Colorado’s open and wild spaces.
David has been living and painting in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado for over thirty-five years, and his work has been shaped by the monumental vistas and pristine environs of the rural area at the headwaters of the Rio Grande along the Continental Divide.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Colorado State University. Additionally, David has received national recognition by American Artist magazine and he has exhibited twice in the Forbes Gallery in New York City. He is affiliated with the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and was recently chosen to create two large landscapes for Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado which are installed in the historic Richardson Hall on the campus.
See examples: David Montgomery or at www.davidmontgomerypaintings.com
Linda Mooney, Aurora, Colorado
Linda Mooney’s preferred medium is oil on canvas and her current body of work is entitled “Images that Excite the Senses.” Originally from New York City, Linda was heavily influenced by Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne as an adolescent.
With bold strokes, bright colors and a pallet knife, Linda strives to create visually energetic and emotionally strong paintings. Her goal in painting is to express and create a sense of place, energy and joy that one can dive into and stay for a while.
See examples: Linda Mooney or at www.lindamooneyart.com
Norbert Nagel, Lakewood, Colorado
Norbert Nagel is an award-winning plein air artist. Originally from Cincinnati, Norbert moved west to study at Colorado State University. Norbert is an Art Teacher at Jefferson County Public Schools, and he currently teaches art for the City of Lakewood. He currently serves as co-president of the Pastel Society of Colorado. Most of his painting is done en plein air, working to capture the feeling of a landscape more than copying it.
He has exhibited at the Pastel Society of New Mexico Annual Exhibition and at the Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.
See examples: Norbert Nagel or at www.facebook.com/norbert.nagel.5
Rogers Naylor, Denver, Colorado
Rodgers Naylor takes a strong interest in the effects of light and shadow and warm/cool colors, and is intrigued by the interplay between the landscape and its human inhabitants. Each painting is both an abstract composition of light and dark shapes, and the starting point of a story whose details and conclusions may be imagined by the viewer.
Rodgers completes some work “alla prima,” in one painting session, and others as a part of a group of paintings done together over a period of weeks. He paints both in the studio and en plein air. Rodgers is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the Art Students League of Denver, Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Artists Colorado. He has exhibited frequently throughout Colorado’s front range, as well as in Michigan, Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C.
See examples: Rogers Naylor or at RNaylorStudio.com
Mike Ray, Littleton, Colorado
Mike Ray paints about half of his work on location, outdoors. He has received numerous national and international awards for his pastel painting work and is a Master signature member of the Pastel Society of Colorado.
Born and raised in Colorado, most of Mike’s subject matter comes from front range locations west and south of Denver.
See examples: Mike Ray or at www.mrray.faso.com
Jennifer Riefenberg, Castle Rock, Colorado
A fourth-generation Colorado native, born and raised in Jeffco, Jennifer Riefenberg has degrees in engineering and mathematics and is an award-winning plein air artist who feels most at home outside with nature and oil paint.
Jennifer is a board member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado (PAAC) and member of the American Impressionist Society, Women Artists of the West, and Oil Painters of America. She has been juried into national shows with her plein air paintings, including PAAC and WAOW, and has received several awards in area plein air competitions including Best of Day and Award of Excellence (Plein Air Magazine) in Fairplay, Best of Show at Paint the Town in Florence, Best of Quick Draw in Meeker and others. Jennifer’s work can currently be seen in exhibitions at the Framed Image in Denver and the Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Castle Rock.
See examples: Jennifer Riefenberg or at www.artofsunshine.com
Clare Scott, Lafayette, Colorado
Clare Scott is an emerging artist with a primary focus on plein air painting.Using pastels as her preferred medium, Clare enjoys painting the intersection of the farming community and urban life that she finds unique to Boulder County.
She studied art at Northern Illinois University and the Art Students League of Denver. Clare has participated in juried shows in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, and is a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Cloud Appreciation Society and Plein Eire of Ireland.
See examples: Clare Scott or at www.clarescottart.com
Patricia Sheeran/Daggett, Meeker, Colorado
Born in LaGrange, Illinois, Pat Sheeran/Daggett spent her childhood in northern Illinois and in the eastern foothills of the Rockies. She majored in sculpture at Colorado State University and upon graduating, volunteered at the Denver Art Museum and worked as a private gallery director. Pat currently teaches figure drawing, painting and research methods at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
In addition to her art, Pat has worked closely with regional Arts & Humanities organizations including serving as president and several yearsWhite as a board member for the Pastel Society of Colorado. She works primarily in oil and pastel and draws her subject matter from the landscapes and life she sees around her. An award-winning artist, Pat has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Colorado, as well as in New York, New Jersey, California, Utah and more.
See examples: Patricia Sheeran/Daggett or at www.patsheerandaggett.com
Karen Spotts, Evergreen, Colorado
Originally from Arizona, Karen Spotts is currently based in Evergreen, CO. She works mainly in pastels, and loves to paint the rocks, canyons and scenery of the Southwest, as well as vintage trucks and cars. She paints in vivid colors focusing on shapes, line and contrast.
Karen is active in pastel organizations including the Pastel Society of Colorado and New Mexico, Arizona Pastel Artists Association and Plein Air Artists of Colorado. She is also an associate member of Pastel Artists of America, and Women Artists of the West.
See examples: Karen Spotts or at www.karenspotts.com
Sabrina Stiles, Longmont, Colorado
Sabrina Stiles is a versatile and prolific painter who loves to explore new ways to express herself through her artwork. She draws inspiration from her travels as well as the beautiful landscape near her home in Colorado. Her keen observation and reverence for the beauty that surrounds her is evident in her work.
She has studied with many nationally recognized artists and has won awards in local, regional and national competitions. Her work is in private collections throughout the country and she is represented at Mary Williams Fine Art and Wyoming Trails Gallery in Boulder, CO.
See examples: Sabrina Stiles or at sabrinastiles.fineartstudioonline.com
Cheryl St. John, Arvada, Colorado
Cheryl St. John is a fourth generation Colorado native with a great appreciation of nature and the environment, and the preservation of both. Born and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains to parents who enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping, Cheryl was introduced at an early age to the beauty of the Colorado mountains and developed her own love for the outdoors that influences her artwork today.
Cheryl studied fine art and design at The Rocky Mountain College of Art and at the Colorado Institute of Art. An award-winning artist, Cheryl is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Art Students League of Denver, Plein Air Artists of Colorado and a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society.
See examples: Cheryl St. John or at www.cherylstjohn.com
Jeanette Stutzman, Evergreen, Colorado
Jeannette Stutzman is a plein air landscape painter who feels a sense of connected energy when she is painting in nature. Her journey as a painter is to use the energy she feels and transfer it though her painting medium.
A drippy underpainting under broad patches of color and streaming light, scribbles of reflections, twigs and grasses and winking wildflowers all convey her emotion and vision of the landscape in fleeting and peripheral glimpses.
See examples: Jeanette Stutzman or at www.jeannettestutzman.com
Beverly Thomas, Denver, Colorado
Check back soon to learn about In Plein Sight artist Beverly Thomas as we add information and examples of her artwork to our website!
Karin Toppel, Larkspur, Colorado
Toppel is a western artist who paints western subjects — horses, cattle, cowboys, landscapes and more.
Both a studio and plein air artist, Karin has been an invited artist at the Douglas Land Conservancy event for the last two years. She won the Artists Choice Award at the Moab Plein Air event in 2014 and received an Honorable Mention in the Plein Air Painters of Colorado national show.
Karin is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Colorado, Pastel Society of Colorado, and American Women Artists.
See examples: Karin Toppel or at www.karintoppel.com
Ann Tristani, Edgewater, Colorado
After a lifetime in Minnesota, Ann Tristani moved to Colorado in 2014 with her husband Mark to pursue painting full-time.
Becoming an oil painter is Ann’s response to a lifetime of appreciating the wonder of creation. She is inspired by the way the light falls on a subject and hopes to draw viewers to ponder a moment of beauty they might not otherwise have recognized. Ann is captivated by the values, colors, shapes, and edges of a landscape or an object and she continually strives to capture the intangible effects of light, air, and distance in her expressive, impressionistic paintings.
See examples: Ann Tristani or at www.anntristani.com
Patty Voje, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Patty Voje grew up on a small farm and spent her youth surrounded by rolling hills, farm animals and woodlands. She now spends weekends driving through the countryside to search for the open land of her youth and takes any opportunity she can to immerse herself in nature painting.
Patty paints in the alla prima style, with a "painterly" approach: large brushes loaded with paint that is sloppily yet thoughtfully laid down. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and American Women Artists.
See examples: Patty Voje or at www.patriciavoje.com
Anita Winter, Centennial, Colorado
Colorado artist Anita Winter is an avid hiker and backpacker. Her love of plein air painting, which has been described as representational, with expressive color, is an extension of her love of the outdoors.
An award-winning artist, Anita has participated in regional and national plein air events. She is a member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado and a signature member of the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and Colorado Watercolor Society. Her work can currently be seen at Framed Image Gallery in Denver, CO.
See examples: Anita Winter or at www.anitawinter.com
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