Local artist’s cycling, mountain lifestyle paintings exhibited in Breckenridge
If you go
What: “Adventure’s Bliss — Paintings by Julia Taylor” opening reception
When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19
Where: Cornerstone Real Estate Co., 111A Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge
More information: Light refreshments will be served, and Taylor’s artwork will be on display through September. Call (970) 389-8922, or visit www.juliataylorfineart.com
The artwork of Julia Taylor, a Breckenridge artist, is currently on display at Cornerstone Real Estate Co. in Breckenridge. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m.
The exhibit, titled “Adventure’s Bliss,” features nearly 40 of Taylor’s recent works, including more than a dozen cycling-themed paintings. Among the works displayed is her piece “Solo Sprint,” which was a finalist in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge poster contest.
“It was an honor to have my painting chosen as a finalist for this year’s Pro Challenge poster,” Taylor said. “Even though I ultimately didn’t win, it was still thrilling to be recognized on that level.”
Much of Taylor’s inspiration came from watching the Pro Challenge come through Summit County each year.
“The energy of the race is so intense … it’s absolutely electrifying,” she said. “I love using bold colors and dynamic brush strokes to evoke the feeling of excitement the viewer experiences at the finish line.”
Taylor also draws her inspiration from her own cycling.
“Every time I go out for a ride, I find myself saying, ‘I want to paint that!’” she said. “There’s nothing I love more than painting right after a ride, whether I’m riding on the road or on the trails. Even though I might be physically tired, I’m almost always bursting with creative energy when I get home.”
The show’s title, “Adventure’s Bliss,” is meant to represent the joy that Taylor’s paintings depict.
“My work is all about that ‘happy place’ we mountain folk find in our active lifestyles and the adventures we are so lucky to experience all the time here,” she said. “I want my paintings to remind viewers of how much they love exploring our beautiful mountains.”
In addition to cycling paintings, Taylor’s collection of work also includes paintings that depict backcountry skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, yoga and mountain landscapes. Taylor said she is looking forward to showing her work at Cornerstone.
“It’s a beautiful, light and airy space,” she said. “The Cornerstone partners are very generous to display my paintings in their office — special thanks goes out to them.”
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