The Yampa Is Wild Mural Installed!

The mural was finally completed in early June after most of a year of painting and about 120 volunteers helping! The installation took place over a couple of weeks at the end of June, 2019. The polytab panels were attached to the building with adhesive gel and a clear sealer and then varnish were painted on top. If you are in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, stop by to visit it at 911 Yampa St on the Ambulance Building. Thank you so much to everyone who helped with this huge undertaking!

ReTree 2019

This was my third opportunity to create artwork for one of my favorite programs, ReTree Steamboat. This is the 10th year the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has put on this program to plant trees with the Steamboat Springs community. You can sign up to participate on their website.

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Yampa Is Wild Mural Update

I’m still working on the mural! I thought it was time for an update, so here’s the latest. We will be installing the Yampa Is Wild mural in the spring or early summer because the adhesive for the polytab and layers of sealer and varnish need to be above 50 degrees F for 2 weeks. Also— it’s a BIG project and I needed more time to paint!

In early October I moved out of the workspace in the photos from my earlier post and moved the mural into my house. There is still lots to paint and it was nice to have all of that room in the empty building, but I’m loving having easy access to painting it in my studio. There’s not much room between the table and walls here, but it works to have one panel on the table at a time. And I’ve enjoyed having people over to paint! My friend, Michelle Ideus is a wonderful artist and she’s been painting with me once a week. Below I’ll share a few photos from the original workspace and also more recent photos from my home studio.

The Yampa Is Wild Mural

I'm so excited to be finally working on the mural! It was commissioned by Friends of the Yampa to show the whole Yampa River, from its beginning in the Flat Tops mountain range of Colorado to the confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The river travels through different landscapes and towns in its 250 mile journey, including my town Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

The mural itself is being painted inside on polytab, a very strong paper that will then be attached to the Ambulance Barn on Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat. I'd like to thank Steve Shelesky for donating a workspace for us in the Clock Tower Building. If you take the first right off Burgess Creek Road into a parking lot, drive around the building toward the side or front and park. We are in the basement on the right side of the building. There is a sign up form online if you'd like to come and work on the mural!

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My daughter, Tessa in the workspace standing in front of the roll of polytab.


First we rolled primer onto the polytab. Here are Jojo, Kent, and Sophie who came to help.


Then we projected the image onto the polytab and traced the outlines. Yuri, Cyndi, and Bina have made it to Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument!

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And now we are painting! Here is Jennifer making great progress on the river landscape.

We are still fundraising for the last bit of money needed to finish the project. You can donate any amount at Friends of The Yampa. If you'd like to donate $2,000 you can get a framed original linocut of the mural design. You can also get a great quality poster reproduction of the linocut in my shop, at Lyon Drug, or at the Steamboat Art Museum Gift Shop

If you are in town Friday, September 7, 2018 come to the Clock Tower workspace from 5-7 for a party and to see what we've been doing in person. It's exciting to see the progress!

Lastly I want to thank some very special people who have been a huge help in creating this mural- Kent Vertrees and Ben Beall of Friends of the Yampa, Kim Keith and Sylvie Piquet of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, and Cyndi Marlowe and Jennifer Grathwol who have come to help me trace and paint so many days. We've had so many wonderful people coming to help create the mural- thank you, everyone!!

Ukuleles at the Library

The Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is the best! And they've just started a new program where you can check out a ukulele, isn't that great? I got to do a design to advertise the ukes online, in print, and on lots of great goodies.

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Here we are at the launch for the ukulele program! I'm on the right with a bunch of rock-and-roll librarians- photo by Jennie Perry Lay.

And below are a couple of process photos from creating the linocut.

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Here is some info about the launch, here is how to check one out, and here is a nice page about the art I created. My daughter and I are excited to check out a ukulele and practice!

Yampa River Festival

The Friends of the Yampa has a River Festival every year that includes fun boating competitions as well as talks relating to the Yampa, and independent river films. This year, I got to do artwork for their t-shirts and advertising.

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And in fact, I actually carved the long Yampa is Wild linocut during a camping trip to Echo Park where the Yampa meets the Green River. What a special place!


The Yampa Is Wild Linocut

I've been working on something really big.... 250 miles, actually! That's how long the Yampa River is, from the Flat Tops mountain range to the confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado. The Friends of the Yampa is a non-profit organization that supports the environmental and recreational integrety of the river, and they asked me to create a mural that features the Yampa River- beginning to end. To help me work through the design, I decided to scale the mural way down and create a 1/2 inch to 1 foot drawing. Next, I turned that into a 35 inch long carved, printed and painted linocut. Now I have both a mural design, and a new edition of original prints.

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Each of these linocuts is printed by hand with brown oil-based ink, and then painted with gouache which is very similar to watercolor. They are numbered and the first three prints have been donated to the Friends of the Yampa to help with fundraising for the mural. I'm continuing to work on this project and as I make progress, I will share updates here and on Instagram. If you'd like to help and donate to the mural, contact Friends of the Yampa. If you'd like to help me with mural painting, let me know!

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There is a really nice article about the mural project in the Steamboat Pilot and Today. 

ReTree 2018

I am working on a t-shirt and poster design for ReTree 2018 in my town, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I got to do the design two years ago also, and you can see more about that here. This is a great community tree planting program put on by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and the Colorado State Forest Service. I love this program, I love doing the art for them, and I love trees! Love, love love!

Check back for updates on ReTree 2018, including a link to volunteer to plant trees in October. 

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The t-shirts are printed with one color, but I also got to create a painted, color version for a poster that you can see below.

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Here is how the shirts turned out!


Christopher Farrell CD Cover

My friend, Christopher Farrell is a violist with the Nashville Symphony who recently recorded the first album of his own compositions of chamber music. He asked me to create artwork and design the layout for his CD cover. I was so excited to work on this project! I'm a former musician who is still a huge music lover and I've always wanted to do an album cover. Chris' compositions are fantastic. Please visit his website to learn more about him, and if you love classical music, I recommend buying his album, Works for Chamber Ensemble

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Chris Farrell Works for Chamber Ensemble
Chris Farrell Works for Chamber Ensemble

Winter Carnival Poster

My town, Steamboat Springs, Colorado has had an annual winter carnival for over 100 years! But starting in 2016, Steamboat Sotheby's Realty began sponsoring a poster created by a different local artist each year to be sold as a fundraiser for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. And they chose me for the first year! It was a real honor and I had a great time making this large poster. You can read an interview here about creating the poster and a Steamboat Today newspaper article here.

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Winter Carnival Poster

ReTree 2016

ReTree Steamboat is a project of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Each year the Steamboat Springs, Colorado community plants trees with expert guidance from the Colorado State Forest service. This is such a great program and I was really happy to design the artwork for their t-shirts and poster in 2016. You can read an article from the Steamboat Today here.

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I'm in the middle above with my family and friends after a busy day planting trees!

Einstein Quote

This quote is very special to my friend, Jorge. He asked me to turn it into a piece of art, probably thinking I would hand letter it with pen. But I do love carving text, so I went ahead and turned it into a linocut print! 

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Wedding Bouquet

Erin and Eli were married in the late summer with a bouquet of sunflowers. I thought it was a lovely idea when Eli asked me to make an anniversary gift years later that was an image of Erin's sunflowers with their rings on a ribbon. How thoughtful!

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Sunflower Bouquet