This essay by Timothy J. Standring is excerpted and adapted with the permission of the Denver Art Museum. This publication accompanies the exhibition Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Work, on view at the Denver Art Museum from June 29 through November 2.
Stacey Peterson’s art brought her back to the Colorado mountains she loves
Gladys Roldan-de-Moras follows her heart to create beauty in a wanting world
Camille Przewodek has spent more than three decades assiduously learning what to do with colors, especially when she’s painting those she sees in the open air and she proudly describes herself as a “plein-air colorist.”
Howard Post portrays the West from a different, quieter perspective, capturing the more intimate view of the region that a lifelong rancher and cowboy experiences day in and day out.
Still-life painter Joan Potter left the mean streets of New York City to pursue her art in the southwest. “I thought the architecture was so unique in Santa Fe, after living in Manhattan, and the sky was this Mediterranean blue. It was beautiful,” Potter says.
New Mexico-based painter Nocona Burgess is proud of his roots. “The most important thing is that I am proud of my heritage and that I like to promote the history of not only my family and the Comanche Nation but all tribes and their stories.”
Landscape painter Jake Gaedtke expresses primal connections with art and nature. “Painting in nature felt like I was home. I had the epiphany that this is what I really wanted to do. This is what I was meant to do.”
Julie Bender takes fine-art pyrography to new heights
Larsen’s career as an artist has spanned more than 40 years. Although his subject matter includes landscapes and religious topics, he is most celebrated for his paintings, murals, and life-size bronze sculptures depicting American Indian culture, especially that of his own Chickasaw Nation heritage.