On our recent vacation to Colorado, I was fortunate to be able to briefly explore the small town of Manitou Springs. I loved this small artsy town nestled at the base of Pike’s Peak and definitely could have enjoyed a few more days of perusing the shops, sipping coffee, and checking out the art.
One amazing little place I wandered into was Mountain Living Studio, a unique art gallery featuring local Colorado artists set inside a historic red brick building. The bottom floor showcases jewelry, ceramic arts, handmade furniture, blown glass, and more, while the second floor is a multi-room stylized gallery featuring paintings, drawing, photography, and mixed media artwork.
As I was perusing the gallery, I fell in love with the ink and watercolor creations of Liese Chavez (Martin). I was immediately drawn to her style, a wonderful mix of nostalgia and childlike fantasy. Her storybook-like illustrations evoke a sense of curiosity and wonder, and really made me think. Three prints captivated me — I immediately identified with them and they are perfectly fitting for my life right now — and I had to have them! I was so excited to call them mine and babied them as I packed them up in my suitcase to bring them home, haha. They are now lovingly tucked in my living room, awaiting the perfect frames. And they make me smile every time I catch a glimpse of them.
Don’t you just love them? Check out Liese’s online Etsy shop Pale Preoccupation for more works from this series. She also has a second shop, Deadpan Alley, with art from a slightly different twist. And if you are ever in the area, visit Manitou Springs and stop by the Mountain Living Studio to see her work in person.
Have you recently discovered a favorite new artist? Is there a certain piece of artwork that you can identify with along your widowhood journey or transformation? Please share!
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