MEET THE 2017 EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ARTISTS

We sincerely thank these local artists for their generosity in donating their original artwork. Their talents and passion are helping to make a difference for those affected by domestic violence here in Western Colorado.
DIANNA FRITZLER

DIANNA FRITZLER FINE ART

EXUBERANT ART FOR THE ETERNALLY OPTIMISTIC!

Cowboy boots, camping and cold beer.  Three things that brought Dianna Fritzler great joy in her younger years while attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie.  At an altitude of 7,500 feet, Dianna was propelled into the world of black & white photography while studying journalism.  This obsession sequestered her to the darkroom on many a windy Wyoming winter night.  Watching images “magically” appear in the developer was like opening gifts on Christmas morning.  Thus began her love of art.

She diligently began her public relations career on the day after she graduated and hauled her meager belongings and her starry-eyed wonder to the Mile High City of Denver, CO.  After a bit of time had passed behind a desk Dianna determined she would see the world. Thus began a year long, art obsessed sojourn around the world. It became official. Art and Fritzler were officially dating.

After landing back in Denver (dressed as a Christmas present for her mother.) Fritzler fell back into the world of marketing plans, advertising, copy-writing, and media schedules and eventually married (a cowboy of course), started a family and opened an advertising/PR firm in Denver with two of her marketing buddies.  After several challenging, but successful, years, she sold her portion of the advertising agency and joyfully moved with her family near the towering red rocks of the National Monument in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Fritzler continued to delight in her photography, but after the only darkroom available to the public closed, she transferred her artistic “voice” to oil painting, mixed media and encaustic creations. Between teaching workshops across the country, painting to her hearts delight and connecting with numerous collectors near and far, Dianna could truly say she was blessed.

Then a 10 week sojourn to Africa with her daughters, an oil price plummet and a move back to Denver turned her life 180 degrees; Dianna went back to an 8 to 5 job in marketing.  Knowing that her heart belonged to the canvas, she began painting once again – never taking one second in her studio for granted.  Now back to creating exuberant art, she is overwhelmed with gratitude that people across the globe have chosen to collect her paintings.

When speaking of her art, Fritzler says, “I am fascinated by shape, line and color and celebrate them through my paintings. Even my “mistakes” seem to be a joyous blessing.  Creating art is the nucleus of serenity for me. When I paint, I retreat into the profound journey of living in the moment with complete awareness, acceptance and joy. My ultimate goal is to share that feeling with others. There is no “ordinary” day. Celebrate them all!!”

PIERA KLLANXHJA

PIERA KLLANXHJA

WESTERN COLORADO HAS CONTINUOUSLY DRAWN ME BACK TO MY ROOTS.

Having spent the first four years of my life in Aspen, when it was just another small mountain town, Western Colorado has continuously drawn me back to my roots. As a young girl I was enthralled with the adventures in beauty, exploring the Rocky Mountains on foot and on horseback.

I have worked with clay since childhood, along with drawing, it is the clearest way for me to express the particular joy I find in nature. I was raised in Manhattan and Colorado, I attended Dalton, in NYC, where drawing, working with clay, and dance were part of learning. Stopping at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, was part of my life. Art that sings life’s dance has always caught my eye. Just as the line of the cave drawings and the ancient Annasazi pottery, evokes a chorus of melodic forms of nature’s dance. Pottery, painting and photography joyously  expresses natures continuous dance.

Having spent time in France, Spain, England, Scotland, and Italy, with a B.A. in Fine Arts, and an A.A. in Commercial Art (working as an art director in Denver), I now  create  pottery and paintings, and teach art therapy, in lovely  Grand Junction, Colorado. Here there is open space,  surrounded by mountains and wide desert vistas, and of course rivers, hence the  city’s  name.

Pottery fully took hold of me as a young adult, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1970’s. I started perfecting pottery designs, surrounded by fine ancient and modern art. Discovering  crystalline glazing in Abiquiu, NM in 1991, my life expanded. The exploding atoms can be seen in the crystal glazes as modern. To me they seem to most truly reflect the magic of clay and heat that has always invested southwest pottery with its strength and mystery.

DANI TUPPER

DANI TUPPER

“…IN MY PAINTINGS, I STRIVE TO CAPTURE THE BEAUTY GIVEN US BY THE MASTER CREATOR.”

I’ve been afforded the opportunity to live all over the world, as well as, travel extensively. So, my art work reflects all the places I’ve been and all the things I love.  I paint seasonally: flowers in the spring and summer, autumn scenes in the fall, and snow scenes brought by winter.  Year-round, there are majestic mountains, rushing streams, beautiful waterfalls, portraits, and abstracts to capture.

I’m in love with the many facets of watercolor and love to share my knowledge in my classes and workshops.  Visit my website, www.danitupper.com to see all the different techniques I do and please check out my Facebook page, called “Painting Talk”, where I and other artists post our ongoing artwork.”

Dani Tupper is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, Southern Colorado Watercolor Society and Western Colorado Watercolor Society, a lifetime member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and member of the National Watercolor Society, as well as, many other art organizations.

I try to recreate the beauty in the world created by the Master Creator’ is Dani Tupper’s motto. Life has afforded her the opportunity to live in many different states, Australia and Spain and to travel extensively and now to live in the beautiful state of Colorado. Tupper has taught watercolors for many years; offering classes and workshops to her many followers. She plans trips to locations all over the world for her students. They have painted in Spain, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and many locations in the states. Tupper is a signature member of Colorado Watercolor Society, Southern Colorado Watercolor Society and Western Colorado Watercolor Society, a lifetime member of The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, belongs to ISEA and National Watercolor Society plus been honored with lifetime membership with various art guilds where she has resided. She founded the Southern Colorado Watercolor Society and served as their president for six years. She currently is president of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society.

NANCEE BUSSE

NANCEE BUSSE

HER SUBJECT MATTER IS THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF HER SURROUNDINGS.

Nancee Jean Busse is a native of Illinois where she earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in art education. She taught middle school art before accepting a position as an educational consultant with the Illinois State Gifted Program. In addition to travel and public speaking, her job involved writing and illustrating educational materials.

She has illustrated over twenty children’s books and created artwork for advertising agencies and corporations. She was art director of a busy publishing company for ten years and authored several early childhood educational books.

Nancee Jean left the publishing company, moved to Colorado, and opened her own development house, providing creative, content development, and design services to publishers. Although this job has demands, it has allowed Nancee Jean to return to her first love: painting.

She regularly shows nationally and her paintings can be found in corporate, institutional, and private collections throughout the United States. Currently she has three paintings touring the US with the Paint the Parks and Paint America Top 100 collection. She has juried shows including the Colorado Junior Duck Stamp competition.

LINDA RYBAK

LINDA RYBAK

LINDA RYBAK DOES DETAILED WORK. THAT’S WHO SHE IS AS AN ARTIST.

Capturing the brilliance of light and color in a subject is the artist’s objective. Linda Rybak has enjoyed watercolor painting for many years and in more recent times has occasionally added acrylics and Berol Prismacolor Pencil to her palette.

Linda’s subject matter has consisted of florals, quaint houses, intimate landscapes and sometimes children’s dolls such as the Raggedy Ann and Andy painting she has done.

She has participated in art shows in Grand Junction and other Western Slope towns and has won awards and sold many paintings. Also she has done paintings for friends and acquaintances who have requested specific scenes from photos.

Some of her works are at The Working Artist’s Gallery, 520 Main Street in Grand Junction. Other works are exhibited on the second floor of Primary Care Partners located at Fairmount Health Park, 3150 North 12the Street in Grand Junction.

KATE KEANEY

KATE KEANEY

SHARING HER HEART, HER ENERGY, AND HER INNERMOST REFLECTIONS WITH THE WORLD.

Kate is an abstract expressionist painter residing in Grand Junction, Colorado. She most often utilizes acrylic paint, though she has been known to enhance her canvasses with a wide variety of mixed media to add texture, design and interest. Kate received her BFA at Colorado Mesa University in 2008 where her studies included graphic design. Kate’s work has been featured locally in a solo art exhibition at the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and she has participated in various juried shows as an award-winning artist.

To foster an early interest in art, Kate is a dedicated volunteer for the Art Heritage program through Mesa County School District 51 and also volunteers regularly in the art program at her son’s elementary school.

Explore the diverse ranges of emotion which present when viewing her art. Feel the energy she creates and ultimately shares within each piece. Kate’s journey into the arts is her means of sharing her heart, her energy, and her innermost reflections with the world.

GAIL EVANS

G. S. EVANS

SHARING HER HEART, HER ENERGY, AND HER INNERMOST REFLECTIONS WITH THE WORLD.

Primarily, I am self taught supplemented by classes offered through public schooling. Opportunities arose throughout life to work with different artists in various fields such as sculptors using the lost wax process. One of these was Ed Dwight in his Denver studio. These hands-on experientials continued to unfold to afford a  priceless education in bronze, clay, silversmithing, drawing, and more, although brief smatterings. The most recent was over two years under the mentor-ship of Mary Hertert in silk painting, which is now my passion. Painting on silk is like painting with light on living fibers. It is an act of love.

Before studying silk painting, I attended a class in process painting called: “Painting From The Inside Out” to overcome frequent blocks in inspiration. The class was offered by Caole Lowry in Grand Junction. Painting with poster paints on sheets of butcher paper freely until we broke loose without preconception was the goal. It was through this that Aurora was born and was translated onto a three foot by five foot canvas for my first acrylic painting. “Aurora, The Dawn” represents breaking through the darkness emerging into a bright future full of light and hope, which is the perfect symbol for Latimer House women.

My silk scarves may be seen at the Blue Pig Gallery and also on the G. S. Evens, Artist, Facebook page.

SANDY KING

SANDY KING

COLOR, MOTION, SHAPE, AND LIGHT

When asked where she’s from, Sandy’s answer is “I grew up in Florida.” Actually she didn’t live there until 6th grade. Born in Pennsylvania, her father relocated the family twice before Florida. To Maryland and then New Hampshire. The one constant was her family’s love of the outdoors. They camped and hiked as often as they could. Sports were a huge part of their life. Golfing, skiing, playing ball.

Sandy always had a creative side to her. She designed and sewed her own clothing through high school and college, even thinking of becoming a designer. But again sports took over and she started her college career with the goal of becoming a gymnastics coach. Halfway through the curriculum she decided to change to fashion merchandising and go the route of retail.

She landed in a chain store buying headquarters where she stayed and flourished for many years. When the opportunity to leave the corporation came up, she jumped at the chance to take a new direction. It was then that Sandy made a big move to Aspen, Colorado. She stayed in retail, owning her own business and then managing another business for many years. “It was the outdoor, healthy lifestyle that appealed to me – sports again,” Sandy remembers. But the creative outlets she craved were tugging at her again.

That was when she decided to try painting.

“I chose watercolor because one – I loved looking at watercolor paintings in the gallery next to my store. And I thought it would be easier to learn – how wrong I was.”

Sandy worked relentlessly learning how to paint in watercolors and after only one year she entered a local art exhibit and won a ribbon. Two years later, Sandy had her first show and nearly sold all her paintings. That’s all it took. Next, came working even harder to become a full time artist. A move from Aspen to Grand Junction accomplished that.

Sandy has recently added acrylics to her arsenal and is loving the challenge of a different media. Her large and luminous paintings of flowers and nature are in many collections across the country. A popular instructor, Sandy teaches her creative process locally and in workshops around the country.

ABOUT MY WORK

While my subjects are primarily flowers and cactus; what I paint is COLOR, MOTION, SHAPE, and LIGHT. I see myself as a painter of Nature. I am inspired by the incredible beauty that surrounds us everyday and is constantly changing.

When really looking at the petal of an Iris, for example, one may think they are seeing “purple”, but by examining it closely, it actually goes from yellow to orange, to bright pink to blue. This is what I want my paintings to express. I want the viewer to see those colors and feel the emotion that I feel.

I am not an artist who is making a statement, or challenging the viewer to interpret a painting ; my art is purely an emotional response to nature and the constant challenge of creating beauty on canvas.

SUSAN METZGER

SUSAN METZGER

I LOVE OLD ARCHITECTURE.

I fell in love with batik while living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I love old architecture and there were so many beautiful places on St. Croix. The cracking that occurs in batik seemed perfect for interpreting the age of beauty of the old manors and plantations that dotted the island. It also was effective in recreating the memories I had of adobe and white wash from my years in Honduras.

I moved to Palisade, Colorado after hurricane Hugo destroyed 90% of St. Croix. It has been a great place to live and work, but my inspirations still come from the Caribbean, Latin America, and my travels abroad.

MACKENZIE EIKAMP

MACKENZIE EIKAMP

WATERCOLOR IS MY EXPERIMENT FOR STRESS RELIEF.

Stressed about being a recent graduate, I developed shingles at the tender age of 22, and was essentially told by my doctor to take a chill pill. That’s when I started watercolor, as an experiment for stress relief, and one year later I am a much happier person because of it. Watercolor is the only thing  that can make my stresses of life fade into the background, and allow me a mental escape.

Things that get my pen/brush to paper are- fun shapes, nature, pretty colors, and my love for science/ human anatomy. I have a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and have worked in an ER for two years, all in my pursuit to become a Physician’s Assistant. This is where I have grown to have an appreciation for all the intricacies of the human body that cannot be seen. I like to paint them and incorporate the physical beauty that we see daily- like flowers or a Western Slope sunset. With the hope that maybe in some small way, the viewer can gain an appreciation for the amazing systems at work within them.

I am originally from California, have lived in Grand Junction for six years, and am now preparing to move to North Carolina – where I have been accepted to Physicians Assistant School. I am excited to see how the new scenery and education will inspire my art.

You can see more of my work on Instagram: @emac93 or email inquiries at Mackenziee93@gmail.com

FAY TIMMERMAN

FAY TIMMERMAN

INTUITIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL ART THAT ASKS “WHAT IF?”

Fay Timmerman can’t remember a time that she didn’t have a needle or paint brush in her hand. She grew up watching generations of women in her family sew, quilt and paint. Creating with her hands has always a part of her life, so it seemed natural that she should continue the tradition and make art.

A founding member of the Art Quilt Association, Fay creates and teaches in a variety of mediums—oil, acrylic and fiber. She considers herself an intuitive and experimental artist who frequently asks herself and her students “What if?”

Fay’s work has been in many national and international juried shows and featured in Lark Book’s 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work and American Quilter’s Society’s Art Quilt Engagement Calendar, and GV Magazine. She shows her work at the Main Street Gallery & The Art Center in Grand Junction and the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade. Her art is in many collections.

Fay lives in Grand Junction, as she has for almost 30 years with her artist husband, Steve Traudt. They enjoy traveling and visiting museums and galleries throughout the world.

Her pieces, “Confidence” and “Diffidence,” painted in oil, which are featured this year for the Extraordinary Women Artwork series are studies of work by Alphonso Muchca.