Growing up in a household with two artist parents was, to say the least, a dream come true, for I was born with the artist spirit and blossomed well under their creative nurturing. My father, Wayne K. Blickenstaff , was an illustrator and fine artist in the “hey day” of commercial illustration before photography became the popular mode of advertising and made life difficult for the illustrators. Magically he managed to support our family and give myself and my two brothers a good artistic foundation. My mother, Betty Evans Cook, was a fine artist and filled my head with all sorts of creative ideas through her own overflowing creativity.
Throughout my early years I had numerous art instructions from my parents and other professionals and eventually attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia for a year and a half in the mid-seventies. Immediately after my stint in college I headed to Colorado and began my art career in earnest.
My professional career has spanned thirty four years so far and has included illustration, graphic design, mural painting, teaching, and fine art. Portraiture has remained my passion and become my specialty. Whatever the environing conditions of life, you can always find me behind an “art desk” of one kind or another, be it an easel, a camera lens or a computer!
I have exhibited in many art shows over the years and have won many awards, the most recent being the Best of Show Award in the 2012 National Northern Colorado Artists Association Exhibit. In 2007, I received the Lorenzo di Medici Presidents Award at the Biennale in Florence, Italy.
Through art, my goal is to express two things: reverence for all forms of life and the loving relationships which they form, and recognition of the light and love that pervades all.
Portrait commissions are begun with a photo session. If the client is not local to my location, which is Boulder, Colorado, I must travel to photograph the subjects, unless the subjects to be photographed can be brought to me. The actual painting is done in my studio. Unless the subject is deceased or otherwise impossible to photograph, I photograph the subjects myself. Along with the usual portraits of people and pets, I offer "Still Life Portraits" which are still lifes done from personal objects which have special meaning to the client. These objects can be mailed to me or I can photograph them in the clients home.
The following prices are for a portrait of one subject (person or animal). If there is to be more than one subject in the portrait, the second subject is one half of the price of the first. Other discounts apply for larger groups.
Pet Portrait $300
Pen and Ink Portrait (head and shoulders only) $700
Pastel Portrait - up to 16 x 20 inches $1200
Oil Portrait - up to 24 x 30 inches $2600
Still Life Portrait $2200
I will also be participating in Douglas County's Capturing the Beauty of Open Land, a Plein Air Painting Event to be held the week of June 21st through 25th, with a reception and VIP Sale on June 24th at the White Pavilion in Castle Rock, Colorado. Stay tuned for upcoming details.
I have been invited to participate in this year's Open Studios Tour here in Fort Collins. Please feel free to visit me in my studio on June 25th and June 26th during this wonderful event!
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