Well, hello Fresh Air Fort Collins readers! We have a guest post today! Our Colorado outdoors has a deep and different impact on each individual person as we go on unique adventures in our own ways. While we may share similar experiences, we walk off the trail with unique personal insights and life lessons learned. I love sharing the stories of what others experience in our beautiful mountains. Whether it’s sharing stories of family campouts and how you keep your kids jazzed about living in Colorado, the healing aspects of hiking in nature, ways that people feel inspired surrounded by trees, or crazy adventure stories that just have to be told – I’m totally down for sharing them. Here are the guest post submission details, if you’re interested.
And without further ado, the guest post from Amelia…
I am a huge book worm. I love a good story. That is probably why I’m so drawn to tell stories with my art. Stories, paint and nature; my three favorite things. The perfect trifecta.
I am a mixed media artist and for the past decade, I have created contemporary landscapes that use collage materials to bring forth the multi-layered stories of each location. When I first started, I was living in the Philadelphia area where the stories of the rolling hills and antiquated buildings are steeped in rich history. I retold the stories of Valley Forge National Park and intertwined my story with these landscapes, creating brand new narratives.
Colorado’s majestic beauty and unique color palette entered into my body of work after several visits to see my brother. I was enchanted and suddenly found myself wanting to know the stories of the rock formations of the Garden of the Gods, Evergreen, Rocky Mountain National Park and beyond. Who lived here? What happened in this place? What buildings and businesses were the keystone of these places?
When we made our move out here four years ago, Northern Colorado landscapes took over and I started to discover the history and rich tales of Fort Collins and Loveland. Unlike the east coast, so much of Colorado is fairly young in its history. Some of it untold and unknown. Rather than finding this discouraging or unattractive as a storyteller, I found it exhilarating. I love that I have space to share my experiences and associations in these prairie landscapes, mountain scenes, and town scenes. There have been generations before me, but I feel like I have more of a part in the ongoing story of Colorado…what it is now and what it will become. Perhap it is because here among the majestic mountains, easy-going people and vast blue skies, I finally feel at home. I have found my place where I want my story to unfold.
I suppose we are all part of the story of the places we reside and visit, adding another layer of experience, memory and history. I will continue to retell the stories of my beloved Colorado as well as the stories of each place on which I set my foot.
About The Author
I grew up in rural, central Pennsylvania amidst pastoral scenes of farms, fields, and forests. Nature has captured my attention for as long as I can remember. Visual arts were also a dominant force in my life from an early age. After graduating with a degree in visual art from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003, I began to explore how I could use paint to express my love of the natural world.
My background in printmaking and illustration has heavily influenced the direction of my work. I work in a combination of paper collage, text and thin layers of acrylic paint. Using a selection of documents, vintage images, handwritten text, and symbols associated with the painted image, I remind the viewer that places and objects have many layers of meaning, memory, and beauty.
My work is displayed throughout the United States in traditional and non-traditional venues and my work can be found in private collections nationwide. I call Loveland, Colorado home and live with my (amazing) husband and two sons (they are pretty great too).