Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

Friday, October 14, 2011


It's Fall in the mountains and I am completely inspired by the beauty around me.  I have had a love affair with Colorado from the minute I layed my eyes on her in 1991.  It took me 2 years to save up and move.  I moved to Boulder Colorado in the Fall of 1993. I moved with 3 other great girls all of us with high hopes of the future and the idealism that only someone under 30 can have.  My dream then wasn't to be an artist but to be a vegetarian chef.  I got a job fairly quickly and started to pursue that dream.  It was going along smoothly but then I met a cute boy that changed everything.  He lived at 10,400 ft in a cabin with no running water and 4 dogs.  He introduced me to true mountain living and I haven't been able to get it out of my system since.

We eventually married, I started eating meat, and we now have a house with running water and quite a view.  The 1st picture on this blog was taken from my deck just 2 days ago.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see pictures of the surrounding area and my back yard.  Yes this is where I live and I am so lucky.  It's not just because of the beauty but also about what it does for your soul.  Mountain living makes you a better person.  When you are amongst beauty like this every day it makes you breathe in and appreciate what you have and always remember what is important.   There is truth in "Rocky mountain high" after you have climbed a mountain and are breathing so hard you are out of breath but then through the trees you can see the top.  The view opens up into a breathtaking scenery beyond words.  You feel "high" and everything is "all good"

The piece that I am working on is inspired by Fall and that feeling of perspective after you spend your day hiking.  Hence the title "Perspective".  It started from a picture of my husband Pat standing on a rock on a trip we took to Taos NM.  I have kind of changed the picture completely because I wanted to add aspens  and scrub oak for the beautiful colors.  In the original picture there were only pines because we were too high up in elevation.  The only part that remains from the picture is Pat.  So the whole entire scenery I am just creating from my head as I study all of the foliage on my morning hikes.  You can see already how this piece has changed from the beginning to where I am now.  I know it will change even more as I go along.

I love creating landscapes.  It takes me back to being a kid.  I played with Barbies but not how most girls did.  I didn't care about Barbie houses.  I wanted to build the houses myself along with all of the furniture.  I liked to play outside  with them and create lakes that she would swim in with bridges going across them and houses made out of rocks and I would landscape her front lawn.  Yikes!  I guess you get the picture.  So as I do a landscape in mosaics it takes me back to that child like feel of creating your own world.

Thanks for stopping by to say hello!  You can check out the daily process of this piece on  just click on "What I'm Working on now"

Just a reminder that I will be in the exhibit Cutting Edges at the 910 Arts Gallery in Denver Co running Nov 4 - Dec 17  My pieces Old Blue Eyes & Shades of Grey will be in that exhibit

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