FRIENDSHIP & THE ARTS- Artists Painting Artists & Kristen Thies Podcast Interview with Tyler Murphy of Montana Gallery.

Throughout history, artists such as John Singer Sargent painted portraits or sketches of their artist friends. And, in so doing, Sargent’s works have inspired succeeding generations of painters.

Sargent painted “An Artist in His Studio,” in 1904 which was exhibited by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/an-artist-in-his-studio-31260

After seeing the spectacular Sargent show at the MFA in 2013, I interviewed Richard Schmid to get his view point. Here’s Richard’s quote.

 “When I first knew I wanted to be an artist, I wasn’t really aware of the world of fine art or ever seen or heard of Sargent.

 When I joined William Mosby’s class at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, my goal was to become an illustrator. One day in 1954 Mosby took his class including me, to The Chicago Art Institute to see an exhibition of paintings by Sargent, Whistler, and Mary Cassatt. After viewing Sargent’s oil, “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit,” and his other works I was completely smitten. 

 I shifted my whole purpose as an artist, and wanted to be an easel painter, Sargent changed my whole idea of art. I wanted to paint my world as it was happening, and I wanted to paint it as magnificently as he did. His paintings showed me how high a level of excellence dominated his work.”- Richard Schmid

 A new generation of artists are also inspired by Sargent’s paintings and since several of them are my close friends, I decided to post Part II of Artists Painting Artists, featuring oils by Daniel J. Keys, Tyler Murphy, and a drawing by Josh Clare. Plus, a couple of my favorite artworks by Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid.

During a recent trip to Montana, I stopped by Tyler Murphy’s Montana Gallery in Billings where he invited me to be his 3rd guest on his Podcast, which according to Tyler, “Exists to share a little more about my friends in the arts.”

To listen to the live recording- Episode 3, Kristen Thies, please go over to montanagallery.net/podcast

Here’s a few photos I took of Tyler as well as our visit to Loren Entz’s studio–his longtime artist friend and mentor.

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Tyler Murphy in his Montana Gallery /Studio.

Kristen & Loren Entz's in his studio

Myself visiting Loren Entz in his studio.

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Lauren Entz and Tyler Murphy in Entz’s Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Oil of Ryan Mellody"©Tyler Murphy

“Oil of Ryan Mellody”©Tyler Murphy

 

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“Tyler Murphy” Charcoal drawing ©Josh Clare

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“Tyler Murphy” Oil Sketch 16″x 12″ ©Daniel J. Keys 2014

“Tyler is one of my dearest friends, and also a skilled artist himself. We often find ourselves on what we refer to as painting “adventures” with our fellow artists, and spend much of our time painting the beautiful Montana landscape. From time to time however, we take turns sitting for portrait sessions. This is one of several Portrait sketches I’ve painted of Tyler. I completed this sketch in two sessions of twenty minutes each. It was quick sketch in order to capture the fleeting gesture and fading natural light coming through the studio windows.” -Daniel J. Keys 2017

 To see more art by what I term, “The next generation of artists,” represented by Montana Gallery, please go over to: http://www.montanagallery.net

And, to see more paintings by the artists represented by my gallery, please go over to: http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

 In closing, here are a couple of oils of artist friends painted by Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid…

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“Ryan Mellody and Song” Oil 10″ x 12″ ©Nancy Guzik 2011

 

Nancy & Zorro Monochrome Oil 16" x 12"©Richard Schmid

“Nancy & Zorro” Monochrome Oil 16″ x 12″ ©Richard Schmid 2005

In addition, I’m excited and very pleased to announce a new 3 Day painting workshop:

Title: ALLA PRIMA FLORAL PAINTING with DANIEL J. KEYS

Dates: August 25, 26, 27, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I’ll be posting the details on my web site soon. In the meantime, please save the date!

My next Blog is titled: FLOWER PANTINGS from KATHY ANDERSON’S GARDEN”

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time I send you all my best,

Kristen

Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity Since 1998

Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

FRIENDSHIP & THE ARTS

PART I

ARTISTS PAINTING ARTISTS

             “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

                                                                                                                   -Eleanor Roosevelt

After my wintertime get-away to experience Nature’s awesome silence and untouched beauty, I returned home to Colorado Springs to find myself surrounded by a barrage of constant political controversy. Even though I’m known as an art dealer, I consider myself to be a “social storyteller.” And, if you, like me have grown tired of social and political disharmony and long to take a time-out, I invite you to read my latest post– a behind the scenes account of long-time artistic friends, Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, and Michelle Dunaway.

A year or so ago, Scott, Susan, and Michelle visited Richard and Nancy’s New England studios and decided to paint together. Scott proposed the grand idea of filming Richard painting Michelle from life during an afternoon session. Richard was all in, and they set up and painted in Nancy’s beautiful north light studio.

During a break, Michelle wandered into the living room to the sounds of Richard playing piano. Here’s Michelle’s comments on her painting.

conversations-with-chopin“Conversations With Chopin” Oil © Michelle Dunaway 2017

“The day I witnessed this moment I was enchanted upon hearing Richard playing Chopin at the piano. I quietly sat and listened as he played with joy, skill, and his typical artistic enthusiasm. Listening to a favorite artist and friend play music by a favorite composer was a truly inspiring moment that I knew must be captured in paint. It was as though, through the lilting melody and rhythms of the piano concerto, a conversation was taking place between two friends, bridging the work of two great artists across time.”

After two days of filming and a year or so perfecting the sound track with professional film editing, their collaborative efforts resulted in a brand-new video download titled: RICHARD SCHMID PAINTS MICHELLE DUNAWAY. In addition, Richard’s portrait of Michelle graced one of the walls in The Retrospective Exhibition I hosted for Richard last September in Denver, Colorado.

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“Michelle Dunaway” Oil ©Richard Schmid 2014

When I told Richard about my idea for this new post, he asked me if I’d like a couple more images of his Portraits of Nancy. Needless to say, I graciously accepted…

The first is titled:

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           “Nancy Painting” Oil 18″ x 24″ –

Page 58 of Alla Prima II, and the book cover image.©Richard Schmid.

The next is one of my all time favorites:

NANCY'S VELVET CAPE- detail 24x40       “Nancy’s Velvet Cape” Detail, Oil 24″ x 40″ -Page 261 of Alla Prima II. ©Richard Schmid.

Richard said of this piece:

“On a personal note, this is one of the many paintings I have done of Nancy on New Year’s Day as our way of celebrating. We alternate; one year I paint her, the next year she paints me.”

I then asked Nancy for a quote on what inspired her to create her painting of Richard during a trip to our friend’s Inn on Cape Cod.

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“Richard Schmid Painting at the Beach Rose Inn on Cape Cod” Oil 14″ x 11″ 2014

“Capturing this awesome day, along with Richard creating his world on canvas, made my heart quicken and my confidence soar.” Nancy Guzik 2017

Although I didn’t get a specific quote from Richard regarding his own inspiration for painting people from life, I believe this beautifully written passage from his chapter titled, “The Magic” reveals his personal view on the subject.

“My painting draws me into what has captivated me. Sometimes when the concentration is intense, my canvas seems to take on an irresistible momentum, unfolding almost as if it had a life of its own, and I become lost in the spectacle of what is occurring. It is like the moment when a runner reaches his or her stride, and running becomes effortless, like flying. Those are heady moments indeed, times to be savored. They are always a dramatic reminder to me that skill is only one of the prerequisites–part of the setup to unleash a poetic act–and my painting, with all of its involvement and complication, seems merely a record of the event.” Page 292 of Alla Prima II.

The portraits posted here by Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, and Michelle Dunaway represent their silent moments of joy. And, I am extremely grateful for this time to savor their inspired expressions of immense skill and beauty.

I’m also delighted to announce Richard Schmid will be the recipient of an award of distinction from the Portrait Society of America during the PSA Conference on April 21. The 2017 Excellence in Fine Art Education Award will be presented by Edward Jonas, Co-Founder and Chair:

“Representational Realism flourishes today and into the twenty-first century because of the dedication of accomplished and seasoned masters, such as Richard Schmid, to teaching and mentoring a new generation of rising artists. Such unselfish sharing of wisdom and vision should not only be heralded but also recognized. It is in this spirit that the Portrait Society of America is presenting Richard with its 2017 Excellence in Fine Art Education Award.”

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“Portrait of Kristen Thies” Oil 16″ x 20″ ©Richard Schmid 2001

In conclusion, I’m also posting Richard’s portrait of myself inscribed: “For Kristen: The Dreamer.” I assure you I live my life by Eleanor Roosevelt’s noteworthy quote. I hope you too will never stop believing in the beauty of your dreams…

All my best,

Kristen

For more inspiration and to view Richard Schmid’s and Nancy Guzik’s original oils, as well as paintings by Kathy Anderson, Clyde Aspevig, Carol Guzman, Daniel J. Keys, and Judy Stach, and bronze sculpture by George Carlson, please visit my web site www.WestWindFineArt.com

For more information on the new release of Scott Burdick’s film, please log onto  https://RichardSchmid.FlickRocket.com

This production, videotaped by the artist and documentary filmmaker Scott Burdick, was initially done for Richard’s private archives. However, it was clear as the footage was reviewed, that this two-day session of Richard painting Michelle in the beautiful north light of Nancy Guzik’s studio, was far too valuable not to be shared with artists and art lovers worldwide.

The artists retain the copyright to their artwork worldwide…

Exciting News! RICHARD SCHMID: A Retrospective Exhibition to showcase 5 new oils! Plus updates on our Fundraising Luncheon & Panel Discussion Honoring: RICHARD SCHMID & NATURE to benefit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy…

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“Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park” Limited edition autographed print. ©Richard Schmid 2016

I’m excited to preview Richard Schmid’s brand new print!  Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park image size 12″ x 20″. The signed print will be for sale Saturday, September 24 during the luncheon/ fundraiser and panel discussion I’m hosting at History Colorado Center and later, at the Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition at Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO. The public opening is from 6:30- 9 pm.

The historic day begins at 12:00 pm in the Colorado room at the History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway, in Denver. It includes a delicious luncheon buffet, a digital presentation of Mr. Schmid’s paintings of Colorado produced by myself and Nancy Guzik.

Then representatives from The Rist Canyon All Volunteer Fire Dept., a Colorado non- profit organization, will give Mr. Schmid an award for his leadership and creation of The Richard Schmid Art Auction to help protect the lands above Ft. Collins, CO from fires. Guest speakers to be announced…

The afternoon also includes a short film on Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to acquire and preserve available lands inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. Charles Money, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will give a short talk and present Richard Schmid with an award for his generous contribution- 100% of sales from the print, Aspen Forest. Each print is $85.

The afternoon ends with a panel discussion by leading artists, Quang Ho, Kathy Anderson, Scott Burdick, Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach. Their topic will be, How Richard Schmid influenced my own art and the importance of painting Nature directly from Life!

To reserve and purchase tickets for the afternoon events, please go over to http://www.WestWindFineArt.com shopping cart. Tickets are $72 each. Ticket holder’s names will be at the registration desk, just outside the Colorado room. Since there’s a ticket counter on the shopping cart, please place your order individually for each reservation.

Then, later on that evening, please join us for the Opening Reception of Richard Schmid’s historic Retrospective Exhibition, featuring 30 oils and drawings from private collections. The reception is free and open to the public and is hosted by West Wind Fine Art, LLC and Gallery 1261, located at 1261 Delaware Street in Denver from 6:30–9:00 pm.

As curator, I’m also delighted to present 5 new exquisite oils by Richard and I’m happy to report that his painting, Begonias, will grace the cover of Southwest art magazine.

To view our two page spread in Luxe Magazine, please click on: CO47_WestWindFineArt_0713

The weekend festivities end with a book signing by Richard Schmid at Gallery 1261 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Richard will be on hand to personally autograph his books, Alla Prima II and The Landscapes as well as his new limited edition print Aspen Forest.

In addition, I also want to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors. Chris Serr, Quang Ho and Dave Ethridge of Gallery 1261; Joshua Rose, Executive Editor of American Art Collector Magazine; and our dear friends and sponsors, Symi & Rosemary Jackson of Rosemary Brushes.

Plus, we’ll also showcase Space drawings that orbited the earth by our favorite

Cosmic Couple, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik!

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Santa Maria 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ drawing ©Richard Schmid 2015-2016

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Star Gazer 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ drawing ©Nancy Guzik 2015-2016

Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid– Photo courtesy Daniel J. Keys

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So, please mark your calendars and join us for what promises to be the most beautiful and amazing Exhibition of RICHARD SCHMID’s paintings and drawings on loan from private collections ever…

Cheers!!!

KRISTEN THIES- Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity since 1998

For more info. and to order tickets, please go over to: WestWindFineArt.com

To view Richard Schmid new works, please email Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

or call 508-566-9463.

 

 

Updates: Spring 2016: Notes from Kristen

More updates on our upcoming RICHARD SCHMID: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION!

So far, we’ve been fortunate to obtain about thirty of Richard’s oils and drawings from private collections. The Artist’s Reception and Opening is scheduled for September 24, 2016 and is being co-hosted by myself and my colleagues Christine Serr and Dave Ethridge of Gallery 1261 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The address is 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO.

In addition to artworks from private collections that are NFS, Richard told me he’ll have at least five new paintings available for sale. “Begonias” oil 16″ x 20″ posted at the top of this page is just one exquisite example.

I’ve been selling many tickets to the Saturday afternoon Fundraising event to honor Richard Schmid’s fine art career and Nature’s beauty. In addition to a delicious luncheon, we’re happy to announce that Quang Ho, Scott Burdick, Kathy Anderson, Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach will take part in a compelling panel discussion on the importance of painting directly from life and tell us why Richard’s art and knowledge of plein air painting influenced their own fine art careers.

We’ll also be showing a special digital presentation comprised of the best of Richard’s paintings of Colorado. Nancy Guzik and I are working on the short film now!

In addition, Charles Money, the executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will give a short presentation and present Richard with an award for helping to assist the Rocky Mountain Conservancy in their ongoing efforts to preserve and acquire available lands inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We are in the process of producing a small limited edition print of one of Richard’s most iconic paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park with sales proceeds donated to the RMC after expenses.

So if you are interested in attending, please check out the 2016 Gallery Events page on http://www.WestWindFineArt.com and purchase a ticket from the shopping cart before they’ re all sold out! Partial proceeds after expenses will be donated to the RMC’s noble cause. The event is being held at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO from noon to 4:30 pm.

We’re also happy to announce that Richard has agreed to a book signing, now scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11:00 am to noon at Gallery 1261 located at 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO. This is free and open to the public.

This once in a lifetime, historic exhibition is being sponsored by West Wind Fine Art LLC, Gallery 1261, Stove Prairie Press LLC, American Fine Art Magazine, the KT Wiedemann Foundation, Inc., and Rosemary Brushes, Inc.

So, please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 24th and 25th and join us in celebrating the exquisite and amazing Art of Richard Schmid!

Wishing you all a beautiful Spring!

All my best,

Kristen

 

 

NATURE & NUANCE: The Art of Clyde Aspevig

“Surely the true path is to dive deep into Nature.”   ~ Vincent Van Gogh   

Clyde Aspevig’s landmark exhibition, Nature & Nuance, at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, beautifully reflects Van Gogh’s wisdom above. The opening reception, on March 12th, included a gallery walk with Clyde describing 30 of his works, followed by his sold-out evening lecture.* Nature & Nuance is on view until May 10, 2015.

Artists and collectors from 20 different states in America and Canada traveled to the Booth to learn from Aspevig, who is regarded as one of the finest landscape painters of our time. Many more were not fortunate enough to get a ticket to his live 2 ½ hour painting demonstration. During the demo, Clyde shared his approach to plein air painting and encouraged artists to go out into nature to paint field studies and then create studio works inspired by nature’s colors. He also urged them to use their memories and imagination. “I aim to create believable scenes that convey emotion. Digital photography is remarkable,” he continued, “but artists are painters, not photographers. It’s all about interpretation.” I would like to add the importance and power of keen observation, and curiosity, too!

“Planetary Alignment & What the Beaver Knows,” a 30” x 36” oil, is the result of what Clyde refers to as “one of my creative adventures.” Of it, he says:

Around the 12th of September the crescent moon and the planet Mercury appear in the horizon at dusk. This particular evening I walked down to the beaver dam in front of our house to watch the activity of a family of beavers.  As soon as I arrived, the parents slapped their tails to warn the youngsters.  The kits dove away from the perceived danger.  I then made a gentle splash with my hand, making ripples on the water, which moved across the pond.  The male beaver, sensing this disruption, surfaced to challenge the intruder.  He circled the pond making sure his domain and family were safe.  Between the moon, the planet and the beavers, I considered the immensity of the moment.

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“Planetary Alignment” Oil 30″ x 36″ © Clyde Aspevig

Clyde also spoke at length on the part that musicality plays in creating dynamic paintings. “I infuse my paintings with texture, design, colors, patterns and rhythms, and interesting layers of paint to create a visually exiting representational piece. One would not use the same musical note while composing a melody. It would be really boring.”

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” Prairie Jazz” Oil  24″ X 30″ © Clyde Aspevig

 Clyde grew up on a farm on the prairies of northern Montana and learned at an early age that he had to use his imagination if he wanted to satisfy his curiosity.  Hours spent on a tractor taught him to study nature. “Without all that time on a tractor, I don’t think I’d relate to the canopy of the sky in quite the same way.

Beauty stands all around us if we would just build the habit of looking for it,” he added. “I want to use my skills as an artist to awaken our senses to observe the natural world that surrounds us every day.” True to his intention, his woodland scene, November Junipers, contains what Clyde terms, “layers of discoveries.”

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 “November Junipers” Oil 24″ X 30″ © Clyde Aspevig

Clyde also contends that art is about problem solving. “In a world that becomes more and more complex, we need the humanities more than ever to find the patterns and rhythms to guide us forward.

A solution near and dear to him and his wife, artist Carol Guzman, is “Land Snorkeling,” a name they coined to describe the art of simply being in nature. “The idea is to go outside to wander and wonder and to look at nature from different perspectives – to take a closer look and experience the simple elegance of a cloud.” Clyde also hopes that viewers of his art are motivated to help preserve the undeveloped areas of the West.

Although Aspevig has been painting since he was 12 years old, he possesses a keen desire to learn and continually grow as an artist. He reveres the great European and Russian masters such as Claude Monet, Isaac Levitan, and Danish-born artist Emil Carlsen. Like Carlsen, Aspevig’s use of layered under-painting gives his work a sense of pattern – like a naturalistic tapestry.

Clyde also holds the art of picture framing in high regard. William Adair of Gold Leaf Studios in Washington, DC, framed many paintings in Nature & Nuance. Gold Leaf Studios is an internationally recognized authority on frame fabrication, conservation, and gilding, including large-scale architectural gilding. The firm maintains museum standards of conservation, mounting, and matting to protect and enhance fine artworks.

The sheer atmospheric beauty of Beginning of Spring, Oil 30” x 40” is stunning. The texture and patina of Adair’s frame are a perfect complement to Clyde’s oil and create a masterful and harmonious unity between painting and frame.

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“Beginning of Spring- From my studio window, Montana Oil  30″ x 40”

© Clyde Aspevig 2014, Private Collection

 frame detail of aspevigs form my studio window

We call this frame The Stanford White Soft Grill. It is based on an earlier design of Stanford White’s, where the grill pattern is much crisper. The design is based on a New York artist from the 1920s and I think it is perfect for Clyde Aspevig’s landscape.” – William Adair

In addition to hosting Clyde’s solo show, the Booth Museum of Western Art is home to one of the most extensive Western art collections in the US. An added delight is the presence of one of Carol Guzman’s oils, “Painted Buffalo Skull.”

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Painted Buffalo Skull 36” x 36” Oil on linen ©Carol Guzman

Permanent collection, The Booth Western Art Museum

Of this painting, Carol says:

My friend and great artist, the late Hollis Williford owned this buffalo skull. I would admire it each time I visited his studio.  I asked if I could borrow it to use in a still life painting and he was kind enough to lend it to me.  Painting it from life in my studio was an experience I will always remember.  Its magnificent power and painted abstractness stands alone.”  – Carol Guzman

For those of you who want to take a closer look at Clyde’s remarkable oil, Planetary Alignment, you’ll be pleased to know that it has been acquired by the KT Wiedemann Foundation and will be on view at The Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS, along with another of his masterworks.

Clyde Aspevig next to his painting

Photo ©Kristen Thies 2015

It seems fitting to conclude this post with an inspiring quote by the great naturalist and writer, John Muir:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may head and give strength to body and soul. – John Muir

To view Clyde’s impressive digital lecture, is available on this YouTube video:

Check out www.landsnorkle.com for more discussions on land conservation and the importance of our inter-connectedness with nature.

For more information on the Booth Western Art Museum, please visit http://www.boothmuseum.org.

To contact William Adair please click on his name.

Please contact me, Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com for more information on the art of Clyde Aspevig and Carol Guzman.

                                                                  

Greetings from COLORADO: Late Winter 2015

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I’m happy to announce I’ve moved back west to Colorado – especially since Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts have experienced such record amounts of snowfall!

Speaking of records, in case you’re not aware, Richard Schmid’s painting, “Yellow Roses” oil 20” x 30” sold for $187,200, setting a world record at the 2014 Jackson Hole Art Auction in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last autumn.

If you’re like me, I can’t wait for spring to reappear in earnest and with it comes the desire to re-hang my paintings in the new home I’m building in Colorado Springs. I miss seeing my collection of oils by Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Clyde Aspevig, Carol Guzman, Judy Stach and paintings by my late husband, Timothy R Thies as well as works by George Carlson!

Many of you have asked to be included on the waiting list whenever one of Richard Schmid’s paintings becomes available. So, I’m writing to let you know about a few artworks I’ve consigned to my gallery. I also have a couple wonderful oils by Nancy Guzik and one small gem by Daniel J. Keys. And, I know I’ll be receiving other new oils this spring! To view the paintings, please log onto 

http://www.WestWindFineart.com and click on the artists pages.

I’m also writing to let you know Richard celebrated his 80th Birthday in October 2014. His wife Nancy sent out a global birthday card request and consequently, he received over 5000 letters and cards from collectors, artists, and fans from thirty-seven countries around the world!  Richard is doing quite well, he is working on two new projects and will be returning to his easel in the coming months.

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“Yellow Roses” oil 20″ x 30″ ©Richard Schmid

I myself am in the process of writing a new volume celebrating Richard’s Art and many accomplishments. No doubt he is one of the world’s foremost living artists, educators, and philanthropists, and according to Steve Doherty, one of the most influential artists of our time. But, I‘m also compelled to share the untold story and photos of my remarkable friendship with he and his wife Nancy Guzik over the past 17 years.

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“Yellow Roses” oil 20″ x 30″ ©Richard Schmid

I’ve also included a few photos from our highly successful show in Boston.

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West Wind Fine Art’s Show at the historic St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA 2014

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Nancy Guzik, Richard Schmid with Kathy Anderson and her oil painting, at our autumn show at the St. Botolph Club.

Late winter is a perfect time to celebrate the joys of life and the beauty of Fine Art. Please give me a call if you wish to add a new special piece to your collection.

Next month, I’ll feature Clyde Aspevig’s solo show, Nature & Nuance at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, GA. For more info. visit http://www.boothmuseum.org.

And, we’ll also show some highlights from the 2nd annual Au Coeur Academy Workshops being held by my friends, Sheryll and Douglas Reichwein near Charleston, SC. For more info. visit http://www.aucoeuracademy.com

All my best, Kristen Thies

Owner/ CEO West Wind Fine Art, LLC Boulder, CO 80304

508-566-9463 | Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

Autumn 2014

Celebrating Paintings by RICHARD SCHMID, NANCY GUZIK & KATHY ANDERSON

The long, warm, and sometimes sultry days of summer are winding down, and herald the excitement of a new season. In New England, autumn unfolds as a glorious array of stunning colors and conjures thoughts of apple pie and clear, crisp days and piles of autumn leaves.

©NANCY GUZIK 2014 “Flowers, Teacups & Apples” ©NANCY GUZIK 2014

Featured in Southwest Art’s September 2014 issue, “Making Magic: Painter Nancy Guzik sprinkles fairy dust and beauty into her art by Gussie Fauntleroy.

It’s harvest time and perfect for celebrating. So please mark your calendars for Nov. 15th and 16th – and join us at our highly anticipated three person show, RICHARD SCHMID, NANCY GUZIK & KATHY ANDERSON: A Celebration of New Paintings at the Historic St. Botolph Club in Boston. For details go over to http://www.westwindfineart.com/events

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“Nancy & Friends” oil  © RICHARD SCHMID 2014

It is with great pleasure that we dreamers and artists offer up new paintings – moments captured in oils to express color harmony, the delights of enduring friendship and love, and exuberant garden flowers.

Geranium Harmony, 16x20“Geranium Harmony”  ©KATHY ANDERSON 2014.  Featured on her new best selling instructional DVD “ How to Paint Flowers in the Studio” from Liliedahl Art Video.

Then on Sunday, Nov. 16th, you won’t want to miss The BOSTON PREMIER of the short documentary Film: “THE SENATOR & THE ARTIST,”
Richard Schmid’s painting demonstration of then Senator James Jeffords, of Vermont in 2001. Seating is limited so please reserve early. To purchase tickets please click here

All three artists will be present to personally autograph books and our new Exhibition Catalog after the film. 
(Please note autographed copies may only be purchased at the show).

Autumn 2014 also marks Richard Schmid’s 80th birthday and West Wind Fine Art’s 16th anniversary. We happily invite you to join Richard, Nancy Guzik, Kathy Anderson, and myself in our celebration of creativity, friendship, and life. I know you’ll be caught up by the beauty and magic of their exquisite paintings!

For details please visit www.WestWindFineArt.com. The artists retain copyrights to their paintings worldwide.

–KRISTEN THIES CEO/ OWNER, WEST WIND FINE ART, LLC