Kim Fuller 2017-05-20 05:01:13
HOMEG ROWN TALENT SUMMIT COUNTY MAKERS As the art scene in Breckenridge and beyond grows, these locals are making a name spinning talent into creative side gigs. Jess Claflin Jess C. Painted Pet Portraits Jess Claflin’s rescue dog Gator had been her best friend since she had been 10 years old. When Gator passed away at age 18, Claflin was devastated. She wanted to immortalize Gator in her own way, so she found some paint and began the healing process. “As I painted, I got to relive our best memories one more time,” she says. Her painting caught some eyes, spurring pet portrait requests and she began channeling her passion to help others find healing. Ten percent of her profits go to local rescue shelters. jesscpetportraits.com Valerie Connelly Three Bees Knees Custom Stationary You’re never too old for arts and crafts. Valerie Connelly has continued her lifelong artistic impulses by crafting stationary using digital compilations of text, shapes and textures. Connelly has been making art since she was a child, but she didn’t go to school for design. “I do a lot of wedding invitations, and I love seeing how someone’s vision for their wedding can come alive,” she says. Her company is named for the phrase her grandmother would always say: “That’s just the bee’s knees,” and a nod to her three sisters. threebeesknees.com Eric Lentz Backcountry Woodcraft Eric Lentz started painting and drawing as a kid in his grandfather’s basement. When he got older, he bought a wood-burning pen to start drawing designs in wood and making art for himself. “My friend’s family wanted to buy them,” he says, “and I went on from that and started making pieces for other people who were interested.” Lentz takes commission orders for wood art that ranges from picture frame size to large wall coverings. He has done a lot of work with the Colorado flag, as well as mountain silhouettes of the area. backcountrywoodcraft.com Emily Wahl Painter Emily Wahl started painting as mental downtime during international business trips. “It was a wonderful way for me to experience the cultures, because you get a lot of colors and textures and the people are different, and they interact with you when they see you with a pencil or a brush,” she says. Now retired and living in Breckenridge, Wahl paints subjects from landscapes to animals, mostly in watercolors, but also acrylics and water-based oils. emilywahlgallery.com
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