Stephanie Hartshorn

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Western Art Collector - - STATE OF THE ART: COLORADO -

As a fifth-gen­er­a­tion Coloradan, artist Stephanie Hartshorn has “both a lin­eage and a rich legacy that greatly in­flu­ence my work.”

“My jour­ney to art ac­tu­ally be­gan with school­ing in chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, took a heavy right turn to ar­chi­tec­ture and ul­ti­mately led to spon­ta­neously sign­ing up for a paint­ing class one sum­mer,” she says. “I spent the next hand­ful of years weav­ing time in for it un­til the day came that I took ‘the leap.’”

In a nut­shell, what Hartshorn paints is ru­ral Amer­ica.

Hartshorn adds, “It’s a fairly broad um­brella that spans ranch and farm coun­try to rail yards to im­ages of Route 66. The more I’ve painted the more my con­nec­tion to the West’s open space and the deep roots (agri­cul­ture, travel, mem­ory) be­hind it has grown. I con­sider my work a type of por­trai­ture… por­traits of place. In my of­ten lay­ered and scraped-off oils, I’m look­ing for ways to cap­ture the tex­ture and char­ac­ter of this ag­ing land­scape.”

You can find Hartshorn at Cow­girl Up! at the end of March, Door County Plein Air Fes­ti­val in July and var­i­ous other events in between.

Stephanie Hartshorn, Cy­press and White, oil on panel, 10 x 10"

Stephanie Hartshorn, Ru­ral Line, oil on panel, 12 x 36"

Stephanie Hartshorn, 6&40, oil on panel, 24 x 36"

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