Breckenridge artist is finalist in USA Pro Challenge Poster Contest
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Voting for the USA Pro Challenge Poster Contest is open to the public through Tuesday, May 5. View the finalists’ work and cast your vote by visiting the cycling race’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usaprochallenge and clicking on the “Poster Contest” tab.
The artwork of Julia Taylor, a Breckenridge artist, was chosen as one of 10 finalists in the USA Pro Challenge Poster Contest. The contest is open to the public for voting through Tuesday, May 5. Watching the Pro Challenge come through Summit County each year inspired Taylor’s painting.
“I love the energy of the finish line,” Taylor said. “You can’t help but feel shivers as the motorcycles and cars come just before the leading racers. The announcers on the loudspeakers, the cowbells, the people screaming — it’s just electrifying. And for all this to happen in my hometown, that just adds to the thrill.”
Taylor wanted to depict this energy in her artwork. She uses expressive brushwork and vibrant colors in her painting to convey the intensity of the excitement at the finish.
“My painting is sort of a modern impressionistic take on cycling,” she said. “I hope the viewer feels what it’s like to experience this legendary race when they see my painting.”
Taylor’s painting is titled “Solo Sprint” and depicts a single silhouette of a racer against the Ten Mile Range in Breckenridge and a colorful sky. As a long-time, avid biker herself, Taylor loves painting cycling scenes.
“Cycling just invigorates me,” she said. “I love going out for a ride, then coming back to the easel. I think about painting when I’m riding, and I think about riding when I’m painting. There’s this amazing cycle of energy that happens for me: physical exertion lends itself to creativity, and artistic expression leads to physical and mental energy.”
Taylor has been an artist all of her life. She graduated from Towson University in 2004, with a degree in art and graphic design. Shortly afterward, she moved to Breckenridge to realize her dream of living in the Rocky Mountains and has been painting mountain and outdoor lifestyle scenes since then. Taylor was thrilled to find out her painting made the final cut in the USA Pro Challenge Poster contest.
“This is a huge honor,” she said. “When I found out, I literally jumped up and down. To have the chance to represent the Summit County arts community on a national level is just an amazing prospect.”
Taylor’s art is available for purchase at the Arts Alive Gallery, 500 S. Main St. in the La Cima Mall in Breckenridge, as well as on her website at www.juliataylorfineart.com. To learn more about the USA Pro Challenge, visit www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.
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