About the Artist

Painting Aspens in Edwards, CO
"Painting to make the world a more beautiful place!"

Born in Vail, CO
Raised in a smaller village, 17 miles west, named Edwards!
Circle fields of Southern CO





I started traveling the world at age 12, and now I am painting and cross-country skiing my way through life, spending most of time painting or with my family, friends or working with the local people of the Vail Valley, and always loving life!

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Masters in Art in Art, Adams State University, Class of December 2011

EGYPT 2006/07

Madagascar 2012
St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN - Class of 2008
"All children are artists. 
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
~Pablo Picasso

Artist Statement
"As an artist, it's up to me to find my own way in the world!"

How to describe Madison's Art: 
Colorful, fun, expressive, abstract! 
That's how I, a lifelong Eagle County resident, describes my artwork...
I usually start with a variety of mediums to draw with, to practice for my final larger paintings; these mediums range from colored marker, colored pencil, watercolor, and oil pastel. 
My final pieces are always made with acrylic or oil paint, either canvas or cut wood.

What does art mean to you?
Art, to me, is about expression, fun and play. I believe we are all born artists; it is just a matter of showing your creative side to others. I think so many people are afraid of what others may think. Art is the lens into the human spirit. Celebrate your creative side; don't hide it.

When did you want to become an artist?
I believe everyone is born as a creative spirit, but we each grow up and follow our own paths. I decided I wanted to take on art as a career about three years ago. I received my master's in painting in December 2011 and now I am so happy I decided to follow my passion for the arts, in particular for painting. I am currently painting a new series of colorful abstract mountain landscapes. I also like to be in nature, which is very inspiring for my art, when I am not working on my painting, I also enjoy skiing and hiking.
The Vail Valley is a very inspiring place of beauty and I am very inspired by the mystic Aspens trees.

What inspires you to create? What sort of mood do you have to be in?
The environment around me inspires me to paint. I am working on a new series of 10-12 large, colorful mountain landscape paintings.  The Colorado mountain landscape that I live in is very inspiring for me to paint during any time of year or any time of day. I enjoy creating the many textures and shapes found in the world we live in. I am always in the mood to paint. Art is an obsession for me, but better; it's my passion. It's important to let the artistic people express themselves. Art is very important! Without art we an not human. I want to share the joy I get from painting with others around me. If I didn't have to pay my bills, I would paint all the time. Or when there is snow, I ski and paint Aspens.
Watercolor & Colored Pencil

Why did you choose the medium that you work with, or did it choose you? The mediums I like to work with all about color. I like paint the best because it works the best to get the best result I like. I love mixing my own colors and layering them. I also like to use oil pastels, colored markers, colored pencils and watercolor.

If I could meet any artist who would it be and what would you talk about? I would want to meet artist Clyfford Still. I went to the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver (I would highly recommend it). 
It was a very inspiring exhibit for me. I would love to talk to Clyfford about abstract expressionist painting.

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