Meet the Artists

We searched high and low to select just the right artists to be featured in our Inaugural show.
Get to know more about who they are, what inspires them, and the stories behind the art they’ve spent months creating just for you and other art lovers.

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Behnaz Ahmadian

I was born in Iran and raised in the United States and currently living in Colorado with my husband and son. I am a self-taught artist, art instructor, and an interior designer. Creating each piece of art is like a journey that takes me back to my childhood…

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Rebecca Berman

My characters come from my own experience as a human but also from little moments that I’ve observed in those around me. As these characters come to life, their stories take shape…

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Julie Billups

I am a West Michigan artist that derives my inspiration from the seemingly widely divergent sources of industrial decay and color. Crumbling concrete, peeling paint and rusting metals all appeal to me…

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David Castle

My art is inspired by the variety of mountain and urban terrain I’ve explored throughout my extensive travels in North America and my years of living, working and traveling throughout Europe…

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Dianna Fritzler

I am a scattered thinker – squirrel! – and there is only really one place where I am consistently in tune with the present moment and nothing else. That is in my studio. At my easel. Painting. My paintings reflect how I see life…

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Ardith Goodwin

A merge of complex systems, energy, and story are combined through a vivid use of color, line, and juicy tidbits. It’s my way of tapping in to my own version of beautifully interesting…

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Steve Griggs

I’ve always been a dreamer, a romantic, and an artist. I’ve been told more than once that I have my ‘head in the clouds.’ I admit that is true. I see the world differently. Maybe that is why I like watercolor so much…

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Katie Hoffman

I’ve been a professional artist for twenty years. Though I’ve been drawing and creating things all my life, I only returned to college to finish my BFA once my youngest child entered Kindergarten. Once there, I fell head over heels in love with oil paint…

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Julia Martin

Have you ever turned over a muddy rock and found life and decay teeming below? For me, what lies beneath is more interesting than what is on the surface. I allude to that turning-over-the-rock sense of discovery and shelter in my work by…

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Nathaniel Mather

Since the early days, my work has addressed a longing for a spiritual connection with God and an ongoing relationship and dialog with him. I am processing what it looks like to paint work that is true, beautiful and restorative…

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Michele Messenger

Encaustic painting enchanted me from the first time I saw it and was told I could touch it (really!). I took a number of classes and, over time, developed my own whimsical style, voice and palette…

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Laurie Mika

With a background in painting, I was seduced by polymer clay in the late 1990’s and have never looked back. It is the endless possibilities with this medium that continues to fuel my obsession. I have found polymer to be the perfect material to marry with other mediums…

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Russell Miyaki

I am inspired by many artists from all centuries like William De Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Marc, Juan Gris and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Like a lot of people, I needed to escape the negative energy, the anger, and unhappiness going on in the world and focus on positivity…

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Zane Prater

The imagery I create engages with the mythopoetic narratives that we hold regarding our individual and collective roles in the landscapes that we inhabit, seeking to draw connections…

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Jen Renzel

My greatest joy is letting my imagination run wild on paper. Things from my dreams, images from science fiction books, old toys, and monster movies I loved as a kid comprise my working cast of characters. I “lose time” while drawing and painting…

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Lisa Sofia Robinson

In 2015, I moved to the coast of Oregon and being so close to the water, my soul longed for something new. As I developed my own voice, I moved from representational to abstract.

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Natasha Ruschka

I love capturing little moments of light by recreating atmospheric effects in large expressive florals, colour infused still life scenes and loose painterly landscapes…

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Valerie Savarie

A treasure hunt spanning years, antique pages spinning stories, imbued with the spirits to whom they once belonged…

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Jennifer Steck

My joy comes from bringing critters and characters to life, but the journey isn’t complete until they end up finding a good home. Seeing creations find their people is the icing on the creative cake…

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Jane Thompson

My approach to painting is spirited with a deliberate use of contrast and expressive gestural marks. I want my art to connect with people; to inspire a sense of optimism, bold inspiration, and a feeling of something familiar…

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Deb Weiers

I am a mixed media artist living on a farm in central Alberta, Canada. I have played with different art mediums all of my life just for the pure joy of it. About seven years ago I committed to a daily art practice, first through art journaling, then through works on paper…

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Jennifer Yoswa

The day I picked up a paintbrush and applied paint to canvas was the day I discovered my voice. I paint colorful, soulful, strong, and playful portraits, primarily of women, celebrating their complex and essential place in our world and relationships…

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Caitlin Zeller

My pieces evolve organically, slowly growing stitch by stitch; born of my imagination, and inspired by my memories and dreams. Although vast, our world is fragile. We must work to preserve and protect it, or we risk losing forever…