For the Love of the West
A treat for Littleton again to host accomplished fine artist Sara Phippen during our Western Welcome Week celebration. This year she brings her friends for a show of love for the western frontier.
Show runs from July 30th- August 31st
Artist Reception August 3rd from 5:00-8:00PM, during Littleton’s First Fridays
A lifelong love of the outdoors, animals, and creative expression come together in Christine Breitnauer’s award-winning art. The Colorado native has been intimately involved with all three since her childhood in the Rocky Mountains. As a teen she produced graphite portraits of people and pets and later worked in land surveying, a profession that exercised her meticulous visual approach and further honed her drafting skills. She has studied with acclaimed landscape and wildlife painters including Kay Witherspoon, Ned Aldrich, Doug Dawson, and Jay Moore. Breitnauer’s work has been juried into regional exhibitions including the Western Spirit Art Show and Sale in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Art for Horses Show and Sale in Lakewood, CO. christinebreitnauerfineart.com
Mark has been a working artist for over forty years. His chosen media at present are Pastels and Watercolors. His subject matter is predominately the landscape and those things that exist in the landscape. He paints in a representational style, working Plein Air and in his studio.
Brockman has participated in many group, juried and one-man shows, having won numerous art awards. He has shown in galleries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington State, Vermont and Georgia. His work hangs in private and corporate collections in the USA and Germany. For nearly eighteen years he taught painting class’ and workshops, winning an award for his teaching at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick Md.
Recent shows: Coors Western Art Show (Young Guns), PSOC 13th Mile High Exhibition, Illuminated (Best OF Show) and Horizons, both PSOC on line shows. At present his work can be seen on his website: markbrockman.com
Mark Brockman is a member of the Pastel Society Of Colorado, the American Watercolor Society, and Plein Air artists Colorado.
“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” –John Ruskin
Becoming an artist gives one the gift of seeing and experiencing the world in a new and enhanced way. Colors are resplendent, shadows are obscure, mist has weight, and light is momentary. As a plein air painter, I feel that every outdoor experience is as transitory as it is inspirational. Only recently have I begun to explore the growing sense of urgency that I feel when I am painting both outdoors and in the studio. I have come to believe that my drive to capture the moment grows along with my concern for the need to preserve and protect our environment. I am increasingly intrigued by the notion that the arts have a major role to play as a tool for raising awareness of the effects of global warming and the consequences of human activity on our planet. My growth as an artist is a journey of personal awareness, growing advocacy and discovery. As my hand grows in its ability to catch the moment, you may catch an awareness of the need to be a good steward of the Earth.
Colorado realist Sarah Phippen portrays the West with an understanding that comes from a deep love of the land, people and animals of the region in which she was born and raised. Sarah’s formal training began with private lessons when she was 14. Since then she has studied with prominent artists John Coleman for sculpting, and painters Jay Moore, Jim Norton, Daniel Sprick, Sandra Kaplan, and Anthony J. Ryder, each of whom deepened her understanding of oil painting, color and composition.
She exhibited as a National Western Club artist at the NWSS for the past two years. In 2016 she won Artist’s Choice at the Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale in Paso Robles, California. In 2015 Western Art Collector honored her with an award for her body of work, and her painting “Answer the Call” was a finalist in the 2015 International ARC Salon. She was honored at the Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale in 2013 with the Joe Beeler CA Foundation Award, which recognizes an artist who exemplifies the quality of work and spirit of the West. She won the American Academy of Equine Art’s Award of Excellence in the spring, 2017. The Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona, Arizona, shows her work.
A multi-facet artist, Phippen like her grandfather sculptor, painter and founder of the Cowboy Artists of America George Phippen, appreciates the grace of horses and holds a deep respect for the people who dedicate themselves to the Western way of life. “I grew up surrounded by livestock and wildlife,” she said. “Observing their personalities and expressions allowed me to experience their quiet moments or read trouble in their eyes. I see this heritage as part of our age-old relationship with animals; it is part of being human, a privilege that surrounds us every day.”
In her pursuit of fine art, Phippen completed Jay Moore’s Mentorship program in 2014, worked at Joseph’s Artworks foundry, in Denver, as a wax chaser; assisted on the 2015 Happy Birthday George exhibit and the 2004 retrospective for George Phippen held at the Phippen Museum. She also developed art enrichment programming for elementary students.
A true western artist at heart, Phippen maintains memberships to not only the Art Students League of Denver but also to the Colorado Farm Bureau. “Communicating emotions in a visual language, either in painting or sculpture, requires a fluency in light, color and form, as well as patient observation,” she said. “Observe, and observe again and look for the reasons behind expressions. How—and why—does a horse smile? That’s what I’m after.”
Rachel Saunders is a native Colorado oil painter living and working in Denver. An equestrian herself, Rachel has a keen interest in the horse/human relationship. Rachel works in a variety of styles from carefully rendered subjects to a more recent exploration of expressive shapes and brushwork. Actively engaging with her subject, her work always asks “What is the relationship between the animal and human and how does their harmony or discord express itself?”
Rachel originally went to school to earn a degree in Art History at the university of Colorado in Boulder and went on to Hunter College in New York City to receive her Masters Degree in Art History. While in New York she worked at the prestigious Jack Tilton Gallery in Soho, NY where she expanded her knowledge of modern art. After returning home to Denver she founded a decorative arts company and worked as a decorative artist and muralist for over a decade. Rachel’s decorative paintwork and murals have been featured in New York Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, as well as at the historic Grant Humphries Mansion in Denver and in the home of Frederico Pena, former Secretary of Transportation.
Through the years her original love of horses never left her and eventually she turned to fine art with the horse/human relationship as her primary subject. A previously self-taught artist, the years spent in the decorative painting field helped to prepare Rachel for the switch to canvas. After deciding to go into fine art Rachel studied under Sandra Kaplan and Jill Soukup at the Art Student League of Denver, and more recently under master artist, Molly Davis.
In Fall 2016 Rachel received the Marilyn Newmark award for painting at the American Academy of Equine Art, and was given an Honorable Mention award o for a piece at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. She has been selected as a finalist in Southwest Art’s Magazine Artistic Excellence show. Most recently, she was chosen as Artist of the Year at the Menlo Charity Horse show for 2018.