Chris Pierce / Pagosa Woodworks
As a musician and arborist for over 25 years, the worlds of art and science seem to merge at the wood lathe for me. Both the natural symmetry and the chaos that is embodied in the life of a tree can be revealed in the stories of splendid good grace and tragic catastrophic events. I try to demonstrate the drama inside, which will allow the tree to speak for itself.
Many pieces have been turned from wood I select and collect from clients’ projects. The recycling of wood destined for the fireplace into a work of art has proven rewarding to both the client and the tree, providing a real connection with the hidden natural beauty growing all around us.
Charla Ellis / DuttonCreek
Watercolor & Ink, Photography
All of my art is inspired by the natural world. My muse is nature. I must go into the wild occasionally to be refreshed in order to create. It brings me closer to the creator. I fear we are losing our connection with our natural world. My hope is that thorough my art, which brings the outside in, people will be motivated to go and be in nature. Leaves and Trees, Flowers and Birds… these are my motifs. You can find many of the images and plants in my art work here in this area ~ my home of 43 years!
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A self-taught recycle artist for over 30 years, Diane moved to Pagosa Springs from New Jersey in 2015. A mixed-media artist, her current work is themed-mobiles using faceted crystals and glass beads to interact with sunlight. In addition to her “illuminated art,” Diane’s passion is multi-colored sconces, beaded lamp shades and the detailed application of metal onto wood in various forms, such as primitive signs, oversized fish and angel art.
At Belvedere, Diane features three mobiles (pictured right) entitled “Trout Fish Mobile,” “The Ancient White Buffalo” and “Bottoms Up.”
Cheryl Crane / CB Crane Fine Art
Glass & Mixed Media Artist
Cheryl is a glass artist working with fused, slumped and hand-painted warm glass. Each piece she creates begins with a heartfelt inspiration from nature. Once the imagery and form are set, the technical process begins. Cheryl hand cuts each shape from a sheet of glass and uses a special fusible paint to add minute details, bringing life to each piece. Next, through layering various sizes and colors of crushed glass (frit) and firing each piece several times at high temperatures, color, pattern, and depth emerge. The result is an image that embodies the spirit of the subject matter. Some pieces are further embellished with semi-precious stones, crystals, and various elements from nature, creating a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Visionary Art: Watercolor & India Ink Mandalas
My watercolor and India ink designs are painted using symbols, patterns and configurations of mysterious theories and esoteric ideas sometimes based on obscure, arcane principles. Some patterns simply tell the narrative and legends that make up our lives, others reflect traditions and stores that are part of our history.
Many years ago when I first began showing my work in fairs and shows people come up to me and told me a number of times that I was painting mandalas. I never heard the word before but eventually I came to realize that was exactly what I was doing.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word for circle and can be a representation of the cosmos. Mandalas are usually in the form of a concentric pattern and can include geometric shapes. A mandala can be a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the journey of discovery of the soul.
Over the years the patterns have become more complex, intricate and evolved, from divine ideas that flow to the center and then beyond to the source. Inspiration comes to me in many ways, some symbols and patterns known to me, others unknown, as though a cryptic message needed to be passed on and put on paper, creating a ripple effect.
Lofty thoughts and concepts for sure but fascinating to question, examine and reflect on mysterious and profound ideas.
Snow Shrine Assemblages
I always made art; first in oils, with my own wooden box of paints at 10 years old. Later I chose to paint only with acrylic on canvas. My work started out figurative and representational. Some were feminist illustrations for a poetry book and colorful fantasies, cityscapes and figurative works for another poetry book. Landscapes of the hill country and undersea coral reefs continued my version of pointillism. I was fascinated by the optics of color in patterns of points. Then, constructing much larger canvases (one 7×10 feet), I painted with hands, brush and poured glue with mixed media. They were macro views of micro ideas and other works that were more abstract. Materials were plastic particles, glass, glitter, iridescent paint, and glass reflector beads suspended on top of the iridescent paint. This period I call “punk-beautiful” after the punk rock of late 70s. Continuing the science vein, I created my version of photons and strings of photons. Next, during years with The Native Plant Society- I started painting environmental visions of landscapes past that I could only imagine. Botany, my new obsession, sent me on numerous hikes into the wilderness areas recording the last remaining or newly discovered treasures of native plants. Thus, The Native Plant Society prepared me for discovering mountain phlox and the continual marriage of art and nature in the Rocky Mountains. My new awe of snow inspired SNOW SHRINES IN 2018. Snow with 200 six sided crystals in an average snowflake amazes me every morning. After spending most of my life in two seasons: summer and winter with only a few days of cold rain. Winters in the snow thrill me with a childish delight. A shrine is an enclosure of sacred artifacts. I created these assemblages in my worship of snow. The crystal beads are mounted on an armature of glass pebbles giving the vivid, translucent shimmering of snow in the sun. The snowflakes are iridescent glass, cut crystals or cast acrylics. Many are enclosed in glass cloches like old snow globes of Switzerland.