About the Artist

"As an artist it is up to me to find my own way in the world!"
Sometimes friends and family call me "Maddie"
 How to describe Madison's Art...
My art is colorful, fun, expressive, abstract! That is how I, a lifelong Eagle County resident, describes my artwork... First steps to creating my art.. I practice with a variety of mediums to start, these mediums range from colored marker, colored pencil, watercolor, and oil pastel. My final finished pieces are always made with many layers of acrylic or oil paint, either canvas or cut wood.

What does art mean to Madison?
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 Madison want to become an artist?
I have always been into creating art since I can remember, since I was a toddler. I believe everyone is born as a creative spirit. You are a human being. Each of us grows; following our own paths. In May 2008 my path lead me to receive a bachelors degree in studio art, with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. Then a few years after my undergraduate, going to different college, I received a masters in art in painting in December 2011. Now with my education I am ready to face the challenges of following my passion for the arts, in particular for painting. I'm truly living my dream.

*I am currently working on a new series of colorful abstract mountain landscapes, in a variety of sizes, all acrylic on stretched canvas. My current work shown up-to-date on this website. 

What inspires Madison to create? What sort of mood does she have to be in?
The environment around me inspires me to paint. It doesn't matter if I'm in nature or a city. I make art anywhere possible. Currently I'm mostly inspired  by nature, in the past I painted cities. I enjoy recreating the many textures and shapes found in the world in my art. I am always in the mood to create something new. Art is an obsession for me, but better; it's my passion. Spending a majority of my life in the Vail Valley, with the exceptions of leaving for an education, and international travels, this place has become my inspiration. The mystic aspen trees found here in Colorado I am very drawn to.

Why did Madison choose a certain medium to work with, or did the medium choose her? 
The mediums I like to work with are all about color... I like to use paint more than other mediums, because paint works the bests to get the result I like. I enjoy acrylic paint because of the fast drying time. I love mixing my own colors and layering them. I also like to use other drawing materials like oil pastels, colored markers, colored pencils and watercolor to practice with or play with before I start my final work. Working on this new series of large and small colorful mountain landscape paintings is the result of many years of studying studio art and art history. These current paintings are all about representing the dream, the impression left in your mind when visiting the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado mountain landscape that I live in inspires me to paint any time of year, or any time of day. The mediums I choose also choose me, better aiding my ability to capture my dream. 


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