Artist: Don Lewis
Artist's Statement: Don Lewis has been taking photos off and on since he was old enough to hold a Kodak Brownie (a long time). In 2004 he bought his first digital camera and it rejuvenated his interest. He enjoys taking photos of landscapes, flowers and wildlife. National Parks of the Western U.S. are his favorite places to go. His favorite photos have lots of vivid colors.
Artist: Paint Box Guild
Artist's Statement: The 40 active member, not for profit, Littleton, Colorado based guild was established in 1973 by Lucille Grisham and encourages beginning artists, as well as advanced, being a forum for exchanges of ideas, encouragement and venues for exhibition.
Artist: Nikolay Rizhankov
Smoky Hill Library
Artist's Statement: I paint to uphold the eternal beauty of Classical fine art; whether I am painting a simple still life or an elaborate portrait, I put all my heart into preserving the techniques of the old masters.
I use classical Russian, Dutch and Flemish style techniques to depict the breathtaking beauty of the natural world. I mainly work with oil paints and pastels, putting technique above all so that the natural beauty of my subject comes across in the most pure form. I also have a good feeling for other styles of painting which allows me to work on restorations.
Artist: Cary Hansen
Artist's Statement: My artwork integrates my lifelong love of our natural world, my observations of beauty in everyday moments and my love for color.
I have an affinity for plein aire painting - to paint outdoors where the day is vibrant and changing with light, scent and sound is a joy for me. I am initially drawn to a scene when an alignment of shapes, color and light converge into a pleasing composition that captures my imagination. While my paintings usually begin with the scene in front of me, I move beyond the local color to express the energy I feel.
I have been painting with soft pastels for about eight years and look forward to each painting as an opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy my art journey.