Contemporary and classic at Breck’s Art on a Whim |

Contemporary and classic at Breck’s Art on a Whim


Beautiful color combinations. Antiquity. Depth.

Each can be used to describe the works of artists Michele Scrivner and Brian Billow. The pair, hailing from Green Mountain Falls, Colo., create contemporary aspen scenes and abstract works of art using a multitude of materials. Each piece is inspired by their natural surroundings. They find it easy to draw inspiration from the dramatic mountains, rock outcroppings, trees and the expansive skies found around their Colorado home. In their works, the simple lines, rich hues and complex textures found in the outdoors are juxtaposed with a contemporary flair to create art that is both earthy and modern. It is with this rare combination that Scrivner and Billow are able to represent the elements of earth, sky and water, blurring the lines between each so that their art projects thoughts of the interconnectedness found within our natural world.

Each piece that Scrivner and Billow create starts with the application of as many as 10 different layers. The main ingredient in most works is troweled Venetian plaster. The Venetian plaster adds rich texture and a classic look to the works. Often, aspen leaves are pressed into the plaster as it is drying to leave fossilized prints, rich with the veins and natural patterns from each leaf. Metallic waxes, acrylic paints, powder pigments and stains provide the works with an inner glow, rich color, an antique look and defined texture. Scrivner and Billow frequently apply antiqued copper for a rich accent. Thanks to the many layers and bold color choices, their works are both contemporary and classic at the same time.

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