About the Curator

While living in Colorado, Kristen Thies managed marketing and publicity for Smith Klein Gallery located in Boulder. In 1996, Kristen became Co-Director of the Merrill Gallery of Fine Art, located in Denver, where she first met Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

In 1997, Kristen and her now late husband Timothy R. Thies founded West Wind Fine Art, LLC. In that same year, Kristen assisted Richard Schmid in the production of his landmark book, “Alla Prima:Everything I Know About Painting,” published by Schmid’s new company Stove Prairie Press, LLC. Kristen also served as the marketing director for SPP. Then in 1998, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik invited her to represent their paintings in addition to showcasing art work by Timothy R. Thies.

Subsequently, Kristen became Executive Producer for four of Schmid’s  Fine Art instructional DVDs. She also assisted in the publication of “Richard Schmid-A Retrospective Catalog,” and coordinated his 2003 historic exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art, located in Youngstown, Ohio.

Says Schmid, “After many years of working with Kristen Thies, I have come to understand that anything is possible to achieve provided one has the imagination and ability to work hard.”

In 2006, Kristen wrote and published “Wisdom & the Dreamer: Achieving Fulfillment in the Arts,” which includes thirty full-color productions of paintings by Timothy R. Thies, Richard Schmid, and Nancy Guzik and one bronze by George Carlson.

With determination and the help of Kristen’s creative marketing expertise Timothy Thies became recognized as one of America’s finest artists, whose work won many prestigious awards and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Unfortunately, in April 2010 after several years of illness, Timothy died peacefully with Kristen by his side.

Says Kristen, “After Timothy’s passing in 2010, I drove back east across the country to start anew–to return to Cape Cod an area we shared and loved together and to be closer to Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.”

In 2012 Kristen moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she maintained West Wind Fine Art’s strong online presence and continued to curate exceptional Fine Art shows featuring works by the artists she represents, most notably Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, and Daniel J. Keys.

In addition, she also represents Art from foremost sculptor and painter, George Carlson, and Richard Schmid’s extraordinary protégés, Daniel J. Keys and since 2014, the art of Kathy Anderson and paintings by artist Judy Stach, of Vero Beach, FL and Little Silver, NJ.

However, after nearly five years of dealing with harsh New England winters, Kristen decided to move back to Colorado in order to be closer to family and to begin a new chapter in a new home/gallery/studio in Colorado Springs.

“Personally, I need to make my home in a place that surrounds me with beauty and where I experience 300 days of sun shine- major reasons for moving back to Colorado.”

“Every season is inspirational here. I look forward to sharing my passion for the exquisite beauty of Fine Art with like-minded visitors from around the world.”

For more information and to view the works of the artists represented by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art, LLC, please visit www.westwindfineart.com. 

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