Moving Mountains - from The Catalogues Vail/Beaver Creek Summer 2017 Issue May 18 2017, 0 Comments
Colorado's landscapes are grand, beautiful, diverse and so much more. The state has the kind of views that so many of our visitors wish they could bring home with them. While it would be impossible to move the mountains, Colorado's artists are skilled at capturing their surroundings. Many of them are adept at doing so in ways that present far more than an exact representation of the landscape. They create works that capture the memories and emotions experienced while exploring Colorado's grandeur. And they do so with artwork that can certainly be moved from state to state, or even from country to country.
Throughout their ten years in business, Raitman Art Galleries has mastered finding Colorado's finest artists and fostering their unique interpretations of the state's beauty. The Raitmans have spent the past decade curating a collection of fine art that speaks to their love for the wilderness and their love for exceptional art.
One of the galleries' longest standing artists, Lelija Roy, says, "Part of my role as an artist is to preserve the image of our beautiful earth and to incite conservation through my art. I want viewers to feel as if they are walking amongst the trees. The rich textures and subtle changes in color in my work mimic the immersive experience of exploring the wilderness. I want people to fall in love with the wilderness, to want to protect and preserve it."
Tracy Felix has crafted quite the career out of his works in oil depicting Colorado's most iconic peaks. Felix's work can be found in museums throughout the state, including the Denver Art Museum. He is highly regarded for offering an idealized view of the landscape, with works paying homage to the American Regionalist movement and the artists of the famed Hudson River School. The peaks in Felix's work are often immediately recognizable, yet each piece as a whole is clearly not realistic. His work captures Colorado in a manner that makes the iconic landscapes seem dreamlike and stunningly lucid.
The Raitmans desire to represent Colorado artists is two-fold. For one, they see it as a necessary tribute to the beautiful place they find themselves fortunate enough to call home. They also do it for you, their treasured art collectors. So many visitors seek to bring a piece of their journey to Colorado back home with them. Artwork is the perfect way to do that.
Lelija Roy Exhibition in Breckenridge through February 8, 2015 January 11 2015, 0 Comments
The landscapes of artist Lelija Roy are all about emotion. They are about feeling. Each unique piece captures a pristine moment in time. Rather than a realistic interpretation of the scene, each painting portrays the awe that nature's beauty leaves within its witnesses.
Lelija's work has been highly sought after since her introduction in the Art on a Whim gallery five and a half years ago. The evolution of her work has been as impressive as watching the leaves of aspens turn from green to gold each fall. Aspens, of course, are a staple in Lelija's subject matter. She is quick to say, "I am always inspired by the inter-connectedness of aspen groves. They strike me as all being a part of a sisterhood." As such, every painting displays the unity found amongst Colorado's iconic trees. With such a classic subject as her muse, Lelija has excelled at creating an innovative technique to portray the magic of the forests.
Dozens of layers of mixed-media materials bring Lelija's landscapes to life through immense texture and color. The primary components of her paintings are rice papers, silk, lace and other fabrics mixed with acrylics, metallic and iridescent paints, inks and more. The materials combine seamlessly to replicate the depth we find when wandering through the mountains. Depending on the perspective Lelija seeks to capture in every new painting her viewers will find themselves immersed within an aspen grove, standing on the edge of a meadow enjoying the distant scenery or soaring above the scenery with a bird's eye view.
A new piece titled "Magic Touch" has the viewer soaking in an alpine valley, surrounded by jagged peaks. Mountains made of silk grace the skyline. Rice papers create the winter laden aspen trees. A shimmering copper sky, composed of metallic and iridescent paints, shifts color as one moves past the painting. All told, the painted and textured landscape undulates much as the valley, peaks and sky would in nature itself. It is impossible to look at the piece and not feel at peace with the world, knowing that places like this are waiting to be explored. Lelija says, I want those appreciating my art to "know that they have the power to preserve this beautiful piece of nature."
Impressions are a large part of what Lelija creates. Each piece is both realistic and abstracted at the same time, leaving a clear and telling image. The impressionist masters, such as Monet, are a large influence on Lelija's latest works. Her dreams have started to work their way into her creations as well, giving many new pieces a delicate, supernal quality.
"Heart Path" lights up her new collection. The 40" by 30" piece is alive with burgundy and gold. Lelija says, "It epitomizes the vibrancy of the Pantone color of the year, Marsala." Impressionist brush strokes create thick foliage, allowing the viewer to get lost in the color of the aspen grove. Lelija's masterful use of texture provides definition to each leaf as it sways in the breeze. Lelija's objective with the painting is to allow one to "feel the heart beat of Mother Earth."
The tradition of landscape painters using their skill to preserve the places they paint is not lost on Lelija. She says, "Every new painting seeks to bring us to that peaceful place where we become lost in the ever changing and always beautiful planet we live on."
Painter Lelija Roy shows her work at Art on a Whim Breckenridge Gallery March 22 2014, 0 Comments
Below is a fantastic article that just ran in the Summit Daily. Lelija will be demonstrating today and tomorrow in the Breckenridge gallery.
It is safe to say that artist Lelija Roy is obsessed with aspens. After moving to Colorado 10 years ago, she quickly developed a deep affinity for the tree. An aspen grove’s striking white and black trunks, shimmering textures and changing leaf colors combine to form the heart of Lelija’s richly textured landscapes. Add in some of the Rocky Mountains’ most iconic peaks, and you have an artist whose skilled hands perfectly capture the wonder of the High Country.
This weekend, the Art on a Whim gallery is filled with Lelija’s wondrous aspen groves and silky summits; paintings depicting every season populate the gallery. Lelija’s newest collection provides viewers with a glimpse into each part of the year in the High Country. In the midst of an epic snow year, her winter scenes sparkle with metallic and iridescent paints. Her fall scenes show Summit County when the leaves are golden, giving those not lucky enough to visit in September or October a peek into the golden canopies that cover our forests. Summer and spring pieces warm up the space with a splash of vibrant color and the deep textures for which Lelija has received worldwide acclaim.
“What intrigues me about aspens is that when you are in a grove, you are in the middle of a single organism,” Lelija said. “Each grove is a sisterhood unto itself.”
Aspens are unique trees. Every aspen grove is indeed composed of a single, connected organism. The oldest and heaviest organism on Earth is said to be an aspen grove. Aspen forests thrive at elevations above 5,000 feet, making them a staple of Colorado’s mountain towns. Given such a unique tree, it takes a unique approach to truly capture its beauty.
Lelija’s work is composed of multiple layers, much like one would find while walking through the forest. She fuses layer upon layer of painted rice papers, silk, lace and other fabrics with acrylic paints, pastels, ink and more to create her dreamy aspen groves. Lelija’s trees are made from individual strands of hand-painted rice paper. This provides viewers with the feeling of discovering unique trees amongst the whole of the grove. Her mountains and rocks are often composed of silk and lace, softening each piece into a serene and peaceful scene. Acrylic paints are combined with color-shifting metallic and iridescent paints to capture the ever-changing light one witnesses while observing an aspen grove.
Highlights of her current show include “Winter Waterfall,” a purple and blue depiction of an ice-covered Sawmill Creek running down the side of Peak 8 in Breckenridge. “By the Light of the Moon” presents a mountainous landscape on which the moonlight shimmers on a fresh layer of snow and the sky changes from purple to black as viewers move past the piece. The show stopper is the largest piece Lelija has created to date, a 5 foot tall by 12 foot wide piece showing the Grand Tetons in all of their glory, titled “Teton Majesty.”
The end result of Lelija’s efforts has found her work collected throughout the world. She invites curious art lovers to watch her paint this weekend at Art on a Whim, take in her creativity and “step into the next part of what the wilderness will offer you.”
Lelija Roy & Ellen Woodbury, Featured Artists in Vail January 04 2014, 0 Comments
Here is a great little article that ran in the Vail Daily today:
The Art on a Whim gallery in Vail is currently exhibiting work by two artists: Lelija Roy and Ellen Woodbury. Both artists have gained worldwide acclaim for working with traditional subjects in a wholly atypical fashion.
Roy is notorious for her self-described obsession with aspens. She loves the look and textures of the trees; the way their leaves shimmer in the wind never ceases to amaze her. Perhaps the largest source of inspiration for her work is the fact that every aspen grove is a single organism. She loves the sisterhood concept that she finds in the serenity of an aspen forest, she said.
Roy fuses layer upon layer of painted rice papers, silk, lace and other fabrics with acrylic paints, pastels, ink and more to create her dreamlike aspen groves. Each piece consists of approximately two dozen layers in all. Roy’s trees are made from individual strands of hand-painted rice paper. This provides viewers with the feeling of discovering unique trees amongst the whole of the grove. Her mountains and rocks are often made from silk and lace, giving each piece a feeling of suppleness not often found in the art world. Acrylic paints are combined with color shifting metallic and iridescent paints to capture the changing light one experiences while observing an aspen grove.
For six weeks, Roy has been painting in the Art on a Whim show space on a near daily basis. Given the mix of materials Roy combines to create her work, watching her work can easily be likened to watching a forest grow. It is a fascinating experience. The end result of her efforts has found her work collected throughout the world.
Woodbury spent the majority of her career working as a directing animator at Disney. Name a Disney movie made from the late 1980s to early 2000s, and she has worked on it. Highlights include “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King” and many more. In 2005, Woodbury left her career at Disney to pursue a stronger passion. These days she spends several hundreds of hours carving stylized animals out of precious and exotic stones.
Woodbury’s work speaks to the innocence in its viewers. The Disney connection is evident in each piece she creates.
“I apply my knowledge of and experience in animation to my process of designing and carving stone,” Woodbury said. “I think of my creative life as an ascending spiral where one medium inspires and informs another.”
“Squash and Stretch,” a lovely depiction of white tailed ptarmigans made from Sivec and Mogolian Imperial Black Marble, is named after one of the most important ingredients in Disney animation. It is defined by change in shape with no change in volume. Soft curves and crisp edges highlight “Squash and Stretch,” causing light to play over the surfaces to gently reveal the variety of forms and the crystals in the marble. Also on display in the Art on a Whim show space is a Phoenix, coyote, blue bird, a frog and two zebras. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and uniquely whimsical. Woodbury does not believe in editions for sculptures and once she creates a piece it is never to be cast or recreated again.
Both artists thoroughly enjoy explaining their techniques and inviting collectors, new and old, to browse their works. Their show is housed in a 900-plus square foot show space in the heart of Vail Village. The Art on a Whim gallery is the newest gallery in Vail. For more information visit artonawhim.com or call 970-476-4883.