Artists

ARTIST BIOS:

Alexis Elza - lives and works in Woodland Park, Colorado. She has combined her skills in historic restoration and the visual arts for more than twenty-five years. Alexis studied at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. After completing her studies she pursued a career in preservation and conservation of historic architecture in New England, all while continuing her work as a studio artist. Alexis was part of a team of specialists that worked to restore historic sites, including but not limited to, the Senate President’s Office in the Massachusetts State House, Boston; Chateau Sur-Mer, Newport, Rhode Island; and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida. Alexis has also exhibited in many group and solo shows in New England and Colorado.

Carol Dickerson - Colorado Springs artist Carol Dickerson left a career as an academic librarian to devote herself full time to painting in 2012. She has studied with a number of Colorado artists including Chris Alvarez, Lance Green, Karen Roehl, and Peggy McGivern, and participated in workshops led by New Mexico artists Gwen Fox and Virginia Cobb. Carol’s work has been shown in group shows at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Modbo, Manitou Art Center, and G44 Gallery in Colorado Springs. In 2017, G44 Gallery and The Machine Shop hosted solo shows. G44 Gallery presented a new collection of Carol’s work in early 2019. Her paintings are in the homes and offices of many private collectors.

Carol Mordecai Myers - Carol Mordecai Myers is a painter who lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Originally from New England she received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She has taught painting, drawing, color theory and design at the college level. Her work has been exhibited in many locations including the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, The Art Institute of New Hampshire, The Art Institute of Pittsburg and Lesley University.

She begins from observation of, and immersion in, the natural world. She works in layers, building up and then scraping, scratching, sanding and washing back to reveal glimpses of previous layers. Similar to the way the natural process of erosion exposes underlying layers of earth, or to the way archeology exposes previous layers of human habitation, this "erosion" of the medium brings a sense of discovery to my creative process; there emerges a dialogue between intention and happenstance. From those strata, Myers builds a geometry of light and texture which, juxtaposed with natural elements is meant to evoke a sense of human interaction with the land.

Heidi JungBrought up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Heidi Jung as an artist has naturally been drawn to a subject matter most timeless and familiar to her. Through draughtsmanship and technique acquired over the years in both college and career, she has brought an extraordinary and authentic approach to drawing. The ethereal effects she achieves with inks, charcoal, erasure and grattage might remind the viewer of the spontaneity of darkroom photography; indeed, photography was originally the emphasis of her arts degree before committing to drawing. These hand-rendered effects are achieved by way of similarly unpredictable processes, and this 'darkroom-aesthetic' is readily seen throughout the textures and markings of her compositions.

James Van Hoy - living in the southwest United States, I have focused my photographic energies on capturing the amazing scenery here. Landscapes and Macro photography are my main interests, color and monochrome. And, I will add to that textures and abstracts generated from the original photos.

Jess Preble - has spent time studying art in San Francisco, Austin and Colorado. Although working primarily in oil paint, her artistic experience ranges across all mediums of creation; and also includes an expansive background in curation and teaching. She now resides in Colorado Springs.

Lisa Fabiano - was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, relocating to the foothills of Colorado at the age of 23. She worked in high-tech, as a chef in vegetarian and fine dining restaurants, and studied Philosophy at U.C.C.S. In 1996, she began painting and drawing.

Fabiano’s artwork is abstract and expressive, with emphases on color, texture, and process. She primarily works with oil paint applied in a direct and generous manner, creating vibrant impasto surfaces. She also works on paper with oil pastel, paint, and various drawing media. Fabiano has said her work, although contemporary, is related to abstract impressionism, expressionism, and lyrical abstraction. Her work can be found in Colorado Springs galleries, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum Shop, and in private collections.

Lupita Carrasco - Lupita Carrasco is a mother of six, caregiver to a mentally ill parent, and an artist living and creating in Colorado Springs. Her tumultuous childhood and vibrant Mexican culture, lend their voice to her individual artistic language. Lupita works primarily in oil, processing her emotions and human experience through exploration of the figure, landscapes, and skyscapes. Her paintings frequently feature family, friends, and immediate surroundings. She has exhibited in the Pikes Peak region since 2005.

Michael Dowling - was born in Denver in 1972 and grew up in Colorado. He began drawing at a very young age but didn’t begin to study formally until the age of 24. After several years of study in studio practices, Michael sold the business he owned and moved to Florence Italy to focus on making art and expanding his skill. He completed his studies at Il Instituto de Art, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in 2002 with focuses in studio practice and contemporary theory. While in Florence, Michael studied under the duo Rosenclaire (Rose Shakinovski & Claire Gavronsky) who continue to be his mentors and advisors.

Michael shows nationally and is represented in Colorado, California, Miami, New York, and Montreal. His work is in numerous private and public collections throughout the US and Europe.

Michele Renée Ledoux -  Michele Renée Ledoux is best known for her black and white, abstract contemporary paintings using the ancient technique of encaustic, most known for its vibrant colors.  Her work has a heavy sculptural aspect, features uneven surfaces, cuts, cracks and chips, and often incorporates recycled material.  Her creative process is contemplative and reflects her commitment to authenticity and presence.  Influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Arte Povera, her work is primarily neutral in palette, architectural in style and organic in process and texture.

Michelle McMahan - grew up in two cultures - Brazil and the U.S. The mixture of the two creates in her a third culture. Her cross-cultural vision and sensitivity generates artistic expressions that are unique and yet universally appealing.

Michelle’s artistic interests emerged early in life. Her parents filled every home they had with great art and music. She studied dentistry in Brazil and then worked as a dentist in the U.S. But throughout her life, art and beauty have been the air she breathes. The meticulous style of her work reflects a passion for miniscule elements of the natural world. Most people overlook these details, but Michelle brings them to life.

Her work with reclaimed wood and metals developed first in Brazil. There she found amazing beauty in the abandoned Peroba wood that had been used in the 1930s to build homes for coffee growers in northern Paraná, a state in southern Brazil. Today she is also incorporating exotic woods from around the world, which add an amazing array of colors and textures to her abstract work. Restoring beauty and design to wood once left to rot is an expression of her ability to see beauty and value in every person.

Her work has been displayed in galleries, homes, and architects‘ offices in Colorado and Brazil. In 2014, her wood assemblage titled "Paradox" won the Best of Show award in The Abstract Show at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (Colorado Springs). Her work, including handmade furniture, has appeared in nationally distributed Brazilian design magazines and books. Michelle’s work was first displayed at the Architecture and Engineering Club of Londrina, Paraná in 2010.

Molly McClure - Molly McClure is an emerging portrait artist currently residing in Manitou Springs CO. McClure is a self-taught artist who comes from a long line of artists and creators. Both her father and grandmother are artists. Her father is one of her biggest inspirations and motivators, he has helped her see the importance of creativity and the mastery of one’s craft.

Molly McClure studied at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design before accepting a design project with her father. She has a varied background in architectural finishes which helped her hone her craft and become a master of her own time.

Pam Holnback - Art and creativity have been Pam’s passions since childhood. Born in Chicago, and raised in Illinois and New Jersey, she began art lessons while in kindergarten. She was fortunate to have grown up in a home where creativity was part of the every day life. Her love of art continued and ultimately led to a college major in Art Education.

Pam has been juried into many local, state and national exhibitions.  She is a member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado, The American Impressionist Society, Women Artists of the West and Garden Artists Plein Air Group.  Pam has studied with Lorenzo Chavez, Skip Whitcomb, Kathy Anderson, Jill Carver, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Michael Klein, Natalie Italiano, Carol Marine, Studio Incamminati, Martha Mans and Nelson Shanks.

Rich Wojdula - Rich Wojdula’s career as an artist spans several decades. Classically trained in drawing and painting, he also later became an accomplished functional and non-functional ceramic artist while still pursuing his 2-D artwork. In the late 1980’s through the late 1990’s, he created artworks with moving gears. Thesemetaphorical 3-D “boxes” and cabinets were based on old movies, irreverent depictions of art, current issues, political and non-political, literally “took off” under theauspices of the Brigitta Schluger Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Television coverage, featured newspaper articles and other gallery shows followed over the years. Rich continues to paint full-time. He sites such artists as Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, and the abstract expressionists as influences in his artistic life and development as a painter. Rich Wojdula’s works are in collections throughout the United States and Canada. He has also been represented in galleries in Santa Fe, N.M., California, Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rita Salazar Dickerson - In her lively paintings of the natural world, Colorado native, Rita Salazar Dickerson produces painterly renderings of the subjects she encounters in her everyday experiences. Often using thick layers of colorful paint with brush and palette knife, she allows the gradual forming shapes and images to guide her compositions, resulting in exuberant oil portraits full of depth, texture and movement. As she explains: "Everyone and everything has a story. My desire is to share a portion of that story in each painting I create. Light, color, beauty and design all play a valuable part as I focus on the nuances which make every subject unique."

Suz Stovall - Suz is a university-trained artist, having studied graphics and painting at the University of Memphis. She moved to Colorado in 2015 and returned to her first love painting. Since moving to Colorado Springs she has won several First in Painting and Best in Show awards.

She has been involved in all aspects of the art world. a gallery owner, teacher, artist, judge and juror. Suz was also featured in national magazines as well as solo and group shows. In addition her work is in several private and corporate collections.

Statement: Painting is my passion, to trust the process, finding peace is understanding the joy of discovery - beautiful little gifts. Being open to that. I embrace the freedom to change courses many times along the way, knowing each and every choice will be an important part of the finished painting. By letting go of desired outcomes, I open myself to a world where anything is possible and there are no mistakes only gifts. It is the process not the product that inspires me.

William Cummins - Bill Cummins has been interested in art since he was 10 years old. At this young age, he wanted to be a comic strip artist and cartoonist. Bill spent his last tow years of high school at the High School of Industrial Art, where he graduated at the head of his class. After serving three years in the Army due to drafts in 1948, Bill discovered his passion and ambition had morphed to fine art. During his military service, his eyes were opened to the work of Rembrandt, Matisse, Van Gogh and impressionists. He spent the next several years learning and understanding these renowned fine artists and eventually began teaching himself with frequent visits to museums like Guggenheim and MOMA. Bill has exhibited throughout New York City, and throughout our area since arriving in Colorado Springs. He is in the permanent collection at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.