LFA Artists

Grahame Atkinson
An Englishman by birth and a Celt by nature, Grahame was born in the small town of Bacup, Lancashire, England. He studied ceramics to postgraduate level at Loughborough College of Art and received an Art Teaching Diploma from Leicester University. He taught for sixteen years at a number of different educational institutions in England, culminating at the Dulwich Foundation. He was accepted as a Fulbright teacher in 1987 and spent a year in Pendleton, South Carolina. During this time he was invited to work with the students at Clemson University as an artist-in-residence. Since September of 1990 he has made his home in Longmont, Colorado, with his wife Val and their dog and cat.

Anne Boettcher
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Susan Crouse

Susan is a Colorado native who trained as a commercial artist at the Colorado Institute of Art. She has exhibited her art throughout Colorado and in many national juried venues. Private Collectors and Public Facilities own her work.

Mario Echevarria

Mario Miguel Echevarria is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where he stidued painting, drawing and sculpture. Prior to graduating, he was awarded a year of study in the European Honors Program in Rome and a Peggy Guggenheim Fellowship in Venice Italy. 

Since 1995 he has devoted his full creative energy to the fine arts. He has designed and created numerous public works for federal, state, city and local government entities as well as for private businesses and indifucuals. He participates in group and solo shows and his work is exhibited in private collections nationwide.

Jason Emery

Jason Emery was born and raised in Maine, and attended Rutgers College in the early 1970’s.  A Coloradan since 1976, he enjoys oil painting throughout Colorado and wherever he travels, but particularly en plein air in Boulder County.

He has studied with Colorado artists Jay Moore, Chuck Ceraso, and Ileana Barbu. Other studies were undertaken with Peggy Kroll-Roberts at the Scottsdale Academy of Fine Arts, and also Quang Ho, Kevin Weckbach, Kim English and Ken Valastro at the Arts Students League of Denver.

Claire Evans

I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. My formal training began at the Atlanta Art Institute and continued to college. After moving to Colorado years later, I resumed my studies at the University of Colorado and independent workshops.

In 1975, I established myself as a portrait painter in downtown Boulder, Colorado. While I still enjoy portraiture, I have greatly expanded my subject matter, painting everything in nature or man-made that interests me.

What I want to convey is my fascination with what I see, whether it's a face, an old bottle, or a construction site. Design and light are, of course, essential to my paintings.

Scott Fraser

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Robert Goldsworthy

I was born in the small town of Cortez in the south-west corner of Colorado, near Mesa Verde, in 1957. My family moved to Longmont in Boulder County in the early 1960's and I have been here ever since.

I was fortunate to have landed a job as an illustrator with my current employer, IBM, in the late 1970's. I did illustration and graphic design there through the decade of the 1980's, during that time period I saw and embraced many changes in graphic design and I rode the wave of technology with enthusiasm; hence, I was instrumental in transforming work on the drawing board to the computer screen. I attended Regis University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in 1999.

I have studied oil painting with Jake Gaedtke, Don Sahli, Tim Diebler, Michelle Torrez, Jeanne Mackenzie, Kim English, Ken Valastro, Scott Christensen, and Jeff Legg. Also, I have studied pastels with Jan Myers and figure studies with Scott Fraser, John Taft, Jason Emery, and Gaynor Nelson. I am a member of the Denver Art Student's League, I have occasionally exhibited work there, and I am a member of the Longmont Council for the Arts.

Dan Groenwald

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Dan Hollingshead

I am a largely self taught painter and have enjoyed drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. The whole visual world has a 'gravity' for me that draws me continually to see everything around me as color, light and shadow, shapes and their relationships, design within design. I love the process of drawing and painting from the first idea, through building the composition and layout, to watching the work grow in the making.

I have also found over the years that I enjoy commissions because they allow an opportunity to communicate with people about their vision and to bring it to life.I have been painting Murals, Portraits, Pet Portraits for several years now and the work has been very rewarding. 

Jason McPhillips
Jason E. McPhillips is a professional artist who currently maintains his studio in Boulder, CO. He specializes in drawing, which informs both his painting and relief sculpture. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University as a film student from 1996-1999, making numerous short films, and screening his work at the local "Flicker" film festival. It was during this period that McPhillips began to spend more and more time at the drafting table working on storyboards for his films. He began to study perspective and artistic anatomy. He fell in with a circle of students who regularly attended drawing and sculpture classes with Georgian sculptor "Batu" Siharulidze.

Presently McPhillips teaches figure drawing through the Boulder YMCA and Breakthrough Arts Program for teens. He seeks to awaken wonder in his students, through the twin miracles of art and the human body. 
Susan Mara

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Gaynor Cooke Nelson
Gaynor Cooke Nelson, a resident of Longmont, Colorado, is a classical realist painter in oil whose varied works appear in public and private collections throughout the United States.

Trained in the classical realist tradition, Gaynor began her studies in Atlanta, Georgia, under the direction of master colorist Nance Honea. The foundation of her painting technique is the creation of an under-painting — grisaille — which establishes composition and values. The grisaille provides the cohesive glue holding everything together in the composition. Gaynor further enhnaces her technique by the application of multiple layers of oil color and glazes, rendering a luminescent quality to the images on the canvas.

Julie Petro

Julie Petro was raised in the gentle rolling hills of southern Indiana. As a young girl she was obsessed with her mother's art book collection, poring endlessly over images of the great Renaissance, Romantic and Impressionist painters. She always exhibited a keen interest in drawing and possessed a remarkable ability to capture the likeness of whatever she drew.

A painter of the realist tradition, Julie’s brushwork is infused with an impressionist affection that invites the viewer to knit together the forms she has painted to create their very own perception of the painting. Her work is in private collections all over the United States and Europe. She lives in peaceful horse country in the foothills of the northern Colorado Rockies with her husband Paul and their two naughty cats.

Dru Marie Robert
Dru obtained her BA in Studio Art at the Colorado College.  She has studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Arts Students League of Denver, and other venues, and has trained (classical drawing & painting in most media, sculpture, and pottery) at the Bemis Art School for Children in Colorado Springs.   She has worked professionally as both an illustrator and designer (Ford Aerospace, and Current, Inc. in Colorado Springs) and was among the first artists to have a studio at the Business of Arts Center in Manitou Springs.  Dru has freelanced since she was a teenager.

John Taft

“The landscape has always spoken to me, even from my earliest memories growing up in the country working the fields on my father’s tree nursery in Western NY.  At best, the mundane can become music, even a symphony, the ordinary, beautiful.  Painting for me, is translating to canvas what the eye “hears”, and doing so in a way that considers the lessons of the artists who have come before.”

In college, John studied design at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and then illustration while on scholarship at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  John began painting on weekends in 2001.  In 2004, he left a successful 18 year career as a designer and art director in television, and moved with his family from New York to Colorado to pursue painting full time.  John has been invited the last two years to show in the American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Additionally, he has been juried into the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 Oil Painters of America National Exhibits.  His painting, “Trail’s End At Crater Lake,” won the top landscape award in the 2006 show.  In 2007 Mr. Taft was featured in "Landscapes of Colorado", a book curated by Ann Scarlett Daley, Associate Curator of the Institute of American Art at the Denver Art Museum.  In 2008, John's painting, "Hidden Valley" was awarded second place out of over 330 paintings at the Nomadas del Arte's plein-air show in Santa Fe. 

Cherie Nobilette

 My favorite mediums are pastel and oil paint. They are both infinitely rich sources for exploring the relationships of light, texture, color and the illusion of space on a two dimensional surface. A single brush stroke can be gratifying, satisfying, mystifying or just plain wrong. The process of painting is one of perpetual change and one that I intend to explore for the rest of my life.

There are many things that inspire me. But I find that I always
return to portraiture. I am fascinated by the human face…, two eyes,
a nose and a mouth and over 6 billion variations to start with...Then you add lighting, mood, color, themes etc., etc. Well, you get the idea... there is no end to painting and it will always be a surprising journey for me.