CINDY WELCH 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. You can see the entire Cindy Welch Collection at CindyWelchDesign.com.
Slantbrush Studio’s creator MATT RINN 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.
CAROL HEIN, Carol Hein Fine Art, 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.
NATALIE RAFFIELD 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 with 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. You can visit Natalie’s website at natalieraffield.com.
COLIN SHREFFLER, 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.
NICK LUCEY 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.