Artist: Victoria Brown
Smoky Hill Library
Artist's Statement: I have always been fascinated with capturing beautiful images. Either it is through photography or painting, I love to experiment with colors and composition. This exhibit is a mixture of my work throughout the years, please enjoy!
Artist: Arturo Garcia
Artist's Statement: I migrated to the United States from Jalisco, Mexico in 2008 with nothing but a suitcase and the decision to succeed and contribute to the new country I had adopted at any cost. Coming from a country where you really have to fight your way into success, I knew that the way to success in America would be no different where hard work and constancy would be a premium. So I have never lost focus on my goals nor have my feet have stepped off the ground. I am an immigrant like many others with real dreams and know that the only way to achieve those dreams is by hard work. There is no magic except that of the dreams themselves.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and after a pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) and several rounds of chemo therapy; they removed the tumor and eradicated the cancer. As I lay recovering in the hospital bed of the University of Colorado Hospital, flashbacks of my life kept taking me back to the happiest moments I have experienced—painting being one of them. And what better do we have to do in life than to strive to happiness? So I made the decision to get a hold of my easel and my palette knives almost as soon as I came back home from the hospital. But there was a change. I noticed right away in my first painting after I was given a second chance to live. My love for life was immense and it showed in the first sketches. Wild life, nature, trees, it was as if I was reborn into a new place. You can see more of my work at www.arturogarciafineart.com