August | September 2017 Feature Articles



Ethereal Mid-Century Modern

Written By Shari Morrison      

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A PAINTING.  Linda Usher fell in love with a beautiful work by artist Keiko Hara. The triptych pays homage to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and stretches in height more than 6 feet, mimicking the iconic work in its large size. Rich hues of blue and green are dotted with fragments…

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A Record of Industry

By Rose Fredrick      

IN A BETHLEHEM, PENNSYVANIA, CEMETARY, on a gray, sleety morning, Joe Paquet stood working at his French easel. The cemetery offered the best view of the subject Paquet had come to paint: a shuttered steel factory, silent as the grave markers surrounding him. As he painted in the numbing cold, Paquet became aware of an elderly man who had stopped…

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Crow Fair Ranch

Written By Gussie Fauntleroy       Photography By Blake Mistich      

WHEN PJ AND BOBBY HILLIN'S HOME in Hill Country near Fredericksburg, Texas, was part of a home tour last Christmas, the tour bus driver told PJ there were three things he heard visitors mention when they reboarded the bus: the butler’s pantry, the garden and the sanctuary room.  Each space represents an aspect of PJ’s distinct vision for what would become…

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Unsettled

Written By Corinne Garcia      

STORIES ABOUND OF THOSE WHO "SETTLED" IN THE WEST, and by all accounts, it was anything but easy. After arduous journeys, families took what they could, in many cases a barren patch of land no one before them had claimed for good reason. Perhaps it is because of this hardship that the West holds an allure for many, a romanticized vision…

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An Artist’s Point of View

By Rose Fredrick      

THE TOWN OF SILT, COLORADO, where the artist Dan Young lives and works, is situated on the Roan Plateau near some of the most dramatic land formations found in the Rockies: the Book Cliffs and Flat Tops, the Grand Hogback, Mamm Creek and Storm King Mountain. Despite this, his favorite place to paint is a flat, scrubby, former cow pasture that…

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From the East and of the West

Written By Russell Rowland      

There are artists who feel as if they are entitled to whatever success they have, because they have a strong sense of their talent. And then there are people such as Huihan Liu, a man whose humility and gratitude for having the opportunity to make a living as an artist is contagious. Liu grew up in China, where he was…

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