Born in New Jersey in 1994, Shannon Castor is a mixed media artist currently residing in Colorado. Shannon works predominantly in oil painting, film, and photography, and uses her choice of media as a way to view things with fresh perspectives. Shannon has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, such as the Gamblin Paint Award for Outstanding Achievement in Oil Painting in May 2018, and the Southwest Art Magazine, where she was interviewed for the 21 Under 31 series for the September 2018 issue. Shannon recently earned a Masters of Fine Arts and Ecology from the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland, in Spring 2021, and is continuing to expand her artistic practice in themes of agency, perception, and ecological awareness through the act of long-distance running.
Life is full of not-so-funny moments. After overcoming a serious illness, Cherie realized that she had painted herself into a grey, rarely fun life. Pay that mortgage, keep that job, hard work is the only way to success. She wondered who told her to trust all those morons, anyway? How did she know that she was in too deep? It wasn’t easy for her to see, because she had been in it for years. It was that “Groundhog Day” feeling without anything to look forward to. Boredom, tired, and just… done. And then a little glitter came along. By forcing herself to enroll in a personal development program, she slowly peeled away years of dead brain cells to reach the fun center of her brain, and voila! She was back! Art has been a part of her life since she was a kid, and there to rescue her from the mundane. Freedom and possibilities are endless.
A native of Colorado, Tim has also lived in the San Francisco Bay area and New York City. Tim has frequently been on the move, compelling him to adapt to new situations and social groups. He developed a thrill-seeking attitude, openly embracing precarious experiences, and forging substantial friendships along the way. This sensibility stuck with him throughout college, leading him to get his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tim quickly felt a need for teaching underserved adolescents of disparate backgrounds, eventually earning an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. Tim started conjuring works of art as reflections of his unpredictable life episodes. Armed with learned carpentry skills, and pockets full of imagination, he proceeded to exhume relic-like things; each piece with its own narrative. Themes in his approach are the synthesis of binary concepts of irreverence and reverence, light and dark, above and below. Tim pushes into the void of (not) knowing, and returns with attempted reflections of what he saw or hardly saw. His aim is to challenge viewers to confront their own beliefs and promote their understanding of how it is possible for art to transcend language and reason. Adrenaline is his main fuel.
Carol has been drawing and painting ever since she could remember. Whenever her grandfather visited, he would bring a big box of crayons and they would draw for hours. The love of color propels her art to this day, and she is continually delighted by the variety of colors in nature. In 2011, she left the corporate world and started painting in earnest, emerging herself in classes at the Art Student’s League of Denver, and traveling to the Lyme Art Institute to study with impressionists from the Lyme art colony, and visiting instructors from the Scottsdale School of Art. In 2014, she began a year-long instructional course with Kevin Weckbach and was fortunate enough to be accepted into his continuing masters course of study. Although she enjoys painting almost anything, she finds herself drawn to old barns. They are disappearing from the landscape quickly, and preserving their memory makes painting them very special to her. Living and working in spectacular Colorado is a bonus — the weather is exceptional, allowing her to be outside most days sketching, painting field studies, and taking photo references before heading back to the studio.
Artist statement: “It was a year of major loss and also of major growth. It was such a significant year that it changed my thinking and my approach to art in profound ways. I consider my work up to this time as being exterior. It was about trying to show something to my viewers, to teach them something that I thought I knew. But the year showed me my limitations and how distorted I could make the world by being so focused on refining my worldview. My style is still the same in some cases, for example, I use scraping and scratching as a major aesthetic element in my work. I have pushed this look further to make a very aggressive scratch effect while I also explore various approaches to texture, from tight realism to heavy impasto. My work is largely representational and I still use landscapes and figures, but these images have now become explorations of my psychological space. They are about my frustrations and repression and my constant restlessness. In my current work, I am using geometric overlays to show the way that we distort how we see by the worldview we come with. I also use figures overlayed with other elements such as art nouveau renderings, geometric forms, or trompe l’oeil elements to explore the layers of mind such as ego, shadow, anima/animus, and self/spirit. The big difference in my work now, is that my view and motivation have moved from an external focus to an internal exploration. Instead of trying to build my ego with skill, I am interested in finding more about what is going on in my internal landscape and how that relates to the human condition. Within this new direction, I have plans to incorporate stained glass layers in three-dimensional layouts. I would like to pursue the idea of the distorting lens of a worldview even further by creating paintings with overlays of stained glass. I also plan on pursuing these stained glass motifs into sculptural and installation work. I see this as a richer way to connecting to my own ideas as well as connecting to new media usage in postmodern culture.”
Nick began his photography career in the 1980s as a Marine Corps photojournalist and correspondent, attached to infantry and artillery units deployed throughout the western Pacific and Asia. Later, he worked as a traveling writer and photographer for Scuba Diving Magazine for 15 years. In 2008, he co-founded a video production company that spent three years filming a scuba diving travel television show called Into the Drink in all corners of the globe. And in the summer of 2014, he moved to Colorado, where he established his business, NickLucey.com, in the heart of downtown Castle Rock. Since then, he’s become active in the community, running for local government, and was named Citizen of the Year in 2017. He is the founder and president of the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative, and serves on the board of directors of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants Association, Help & Hope Center, and Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation.
Angela is a local Castle Rock photographer specializing in fine art photography, as well as portrait and commercial photography. Angela is a Colorado native who grew up in Colorado Springs. She began pursuing an interest in photography in 6th grade during a class trip in the mountains and has been taking photos ever since. She has a BS in Business Administration with a Minor in Vocal Performance and enjoys anything creative, such as cake decorating, art, marketing, and singing. With a passion for the outdoors, Angela loves using her perspective in photography to bring out and capture life’s unique beauty.
Terry studied painting and illustration under Dale Amburn when he attended Wawasee College Preparatory. Because of the relationship they formed while Terry studied under him, Dale turned into a second father figure and lifelong friend. Beginning in Terry’s senior year in high school, he was enrolled as a college freshman at Indiana University – Fort Wayne in architectural studies. This included studies at the Fort Wayne Institute of Art. Terry is retired from tenant finish architecture. He was the founder and CEO of McDermott Planning & Design in Denver for nearly 35 years. Currently, Terry resides with his wife among the hills of Castle Rock, Colorado. Now is free to pursue fine art to express his creativity. Tadashi Hayakawa, an internationally recognized artist is also an inspiration to Terry, displaying abstract works of art with energy and color. In 2017 Tadashi presented Terry with a Cal Turner award. Terry’s art reflects Dale’s southwestern influence as well as Tadashi’s abstract and zen style, but Terry’s largest inspiration and influence is drawn from the southwestern landscape of his surroundings. Using oil paints as his favorite medium, Terry captures the peaceful essence of Colorado and New Mexico’s beautifully spanning landscapes and ever-changing skies. He uses bright colors to translate awe, inspiring and breathtaking sunsets, and dually uses a neutral palette to demonstrate the diversity that these landscapes evoke.
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Artist statement: “If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul.” —Paul Cezanne. With art, whether it’s two- or three-dimensional, I try to express a reality that is undeniably distinct from the one we live in. I employ various styles, techniques, methods, and materials to remove the viewer from a logical, sequential, and methodical world, and place them within a space that is more alive with meaning, beauty, and imagination. My art business has been designated as a “Trusted Art Seller” with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.” Paul is also the Executive Director of Castle Rock’s art nonprofit, the Castle Rock Artist Cooperative.
Natalie was born in South Africa and now lives in Castle Rock, Colorado. She obtained her bachelor of applied science degree in Digital Arts from Red Rocks Community College. She has enjoyed moving around the world with her husband and three children for the last 30 years. Natalie opened her own gallery in South Africa and donated works to wildlife preservation organizations. In northern Canada, this artist opened a coop gallery and led classes in dancing, drawing, and painting. She has also organized group shows and events. Natalie installed a town banner project with over 50 artists that were supported by the local museum. During her lessons, she was able to help miners that had been injured during work. In Ghana, Natalie introduced art to the local community by teaching painting and photography. Here she produced a documentary highlighting the struggles and commitment of the rangers to elephant survival in Mole National Park. She helped other artists to hold shows and events to aid several charities held in Accra, Ghana. Natalie is committed to Castle Rock Artist cooperative by way of the membership committee. She believes that artists working together will inspire the community to create and appreciate art. In 2004 she was one of nineteen Ducks Unlimited artists to have their work printed and sold in aid of Canadian wetland conservation. She has donated works to Southern Tanzania Elephant Project, Opportunity Canada, Bogoso Women’s Breast Cancer Prevention, AfricAid, Nature Artists, and David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Slantbrush Studio’s creator has always been inspired by his love of the outdoors. When looking at his work one can see the influence of the four elements: earth, water, wind, and fire. Matt’s unique approach also uses flow and movement from his favorite sports: soccer, board sports, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking. Some favorite techniques he incorporates in his pieces are long lines, free fluid strokes, unique structural foundations, and upward ramp-like curves. His intention and end goal is to bring to life the sometimes overlooked natural beauty in everything and everyone in this life. Remember to take an extra few minutes to look a little deeper and a little closer into Matt’s creations. Most likely, an unexplained surprise within his art awaits your discovery.
Artist statement: “Art has been one of my passions since I was very young. In high school, my focus was on ceramics, mostly pottery, and photography. Since high school, I did some traveling around Colorado and went to New Zealand for two months, so I took a lot of photos and worked on landscape photography. Since I got back, I had some issues and injury to my hips. I had surgery on each. Spent three out of six months using crutches, a month in braces, and done countless hours of physical therapy. Because I could not go outside and do the things I loved in the outdoors, I spent a lot of time painting to express my love for the outdoors. Now that I am back outside hiking, biking, snowboarding, and skiing, I have continued to paint. Whenever I am outdoors, I think of how I would paint what is surrounding me. I feel even more inspired and I hope to inspire those around me to appreciate the outdoors.”
Colin is a self-proclaimed Multipotentialite, has a passion for learning and he has leveraged that skill to fully experience and immerse himself in various areas of interest throughout his life. Colin began his career with a short stint at NASA after completing his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Maryland. He is a self-taught Computer Scientist and has been working as a Software Engineer for over 24 years. Colin’s other areas of interest include playing the guitar, performing in musicals, adventure motorcycling, creating computer automated control devices for the Internet of Things, Ham Radio (Technician Class), coaching girl’s volleyball, and serving the community as a Scout Master and Army Veteran. He also has a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a certified shooting instructor. Visit his website at colinshreffler.com.
Native Texan and resident of Castle Rock since 1998, George’s first passion is traveling with his wife of 46 years, with an emphasis on Europe’s small beautiful villages. Retired since 2013 after 40 years in Corporate sales, marketing, and business development, George and his wife Karen have tried to take two major trips per year outside of the U.S. Along the way, George developed a real passion for DSLR photography, but is still learning the craft, and thus has yet to commercialize his work to any great extent. He also continues his love of woodworking, acquired beginning at a very young age from his father who was a Master Craftsman. George and his wife are proud parents of two happily married children, and 3 grandsons and 1 beautiful 3-year-old granddaughter.
Jeanne is a Colorado native, calling Castle Rock her home since 1999. After earning a BA in Studio Art from Colorado Women’s College, she worked as a graphic artist/illustrator for various agencies and printing companies. She took time off to raise three children, and is now able to create artwork again with renewed enthusiasm. She has her work on display at several coffee shops, galleries, and venues in Castle Rock, Parker, Denver, Golden, and Colorado Springs.
Cindy is a Colorado native. She had a love of art at an early age, and won many awards in grade school, middle school and at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver. Among those awards was a full-tuition scholarship to Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design where she majored in Commercial Art. She had the opportunity to try many different mediums in art school but had a special affinity for watercolor. After graduating in 1984, she worked at a Denver design studio called Visual Images for two years. Her strength was in layout and design and she also had the opportunity to work with pen and ink and airbrush. She worked with several local home builders creating architectural renderings in pen & ink and watercolor. After running a successful freelance graphic design business for several years and raising 3 daughters, she started painting again with watercolor in 2010. She painted just for fun and a love of the medium. “I love the exciting surprises of watercolor. Mingling colors, the mixing of water and paint, pouring, masking. There’s always something new. My passion is color and making the image more exciting to the viewer with great color while still maintaining realism,” Cindy says. Cindy also has a passion for photography and loves to paint from her own photographs of nature. “When I am outside with my camera, I see paintings everywhere.” She is best known for her images of local scenery and historic buildings, but she finds inspiration in many subjects including flowers and reflective surfaces. Her work is in many private collections including the Douglas County Veteran’s Foundation, Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, and Castle Rock Bank. She was recognized nationally in the book “Splash 17”, featuring the best of watercolor from around the world. She was recently featured in the 2017 International Watermedia Show and is an award-winning member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, and the Greater Castle Rock Art Guild.