I’ve been doing art professionally for about 15 years. But I still have to have a real job. I am an elementary school art teacher in Jefferson County. I really do enjoy my job. I love how if I get excited about a new project or artist, the …
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I’ve been doing art professionally for about 15 years. But I still have to have a real job. I am an elementary school art teacher in Jefferson County. I really do enjoy my job. I love how if I get excited about a new project or artist, the kids will do the same. I love how they find joy in the simple things. Their energy is infectious.
On the side, I’m an acrylic painter. For me, painting is just one of those things I have to do. I paint daily, and when I am not able to, things feel strange and out of place.
Fine Arts Festival: a family affair
My wife Lindsay is from Longmont. My wife’s the boss! She is my art manager.
This was my fifth year doing the Fine Arts Festival. I love to paint at the festival because I get to sit and talk to people while I’m working. And they get to see what I do.
It’s a family affair. I used to come when I was a kid. My parents would bring my sister and I, and we would turn it into a whole-day event.
Now, my parents and my in-laws come and help out with the booth throughout the festival, so that I can just come and paint.
Local artist, local scenes
I was born and raised in Golden. I paint scenes from around town, and I’ve done a lot of murals here in town. I love how the city has given me so many blessings with art. I did both of the Mountain Toad murals, the one on the Foss building and the Golden Moon Speakeasy.
My favorite things to paint are Colorado scenes. I’ll paint the mountains, aspen trees and fall colors. There’s potential for bright colors and dramatic scenes. That’s what my eye is drawn to, so that’s what I love to paint.
I love the small-town, community feel that Golden has always had. I love the type of people that live here, and continue to want to keep Golden a special place.
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