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Look again, inside the Casarietti Studio in Breck

LESLIE BREFELDSummit Daily NewsSummit County, CO Colorado
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BRECKENRIDGE What a viewer gets out of a Casarietti piece depends on how long they spend with it, and where they, and the piece, stand. This “quality of life,” as Robert Casarietti calls it, comes from the 60 to 70 layers of paint applied to each work by himself and his wife, Michelle.The married couple has been creating art together since the two left the corporate world in the early 90s and made art their full-time profession.In their studio in La Cima Mall, Robert and Michelle work on a large horizontal piece. A golden sky on the top half will turn out much more golden by the time it’s finished, Robert explains.His style of painting is intense, as though every muscle in his body is poised for the task. Michelle, on the other hand, has a posture of relaxation and flows through the movement.She mentions how all their clothes are covered with paint before she ties a red apron on. “It is going to be a mountain scene, a landscape,” Robert says. Yet just before he says this he and his wife talk about where a woman’s hair and breast will be in the painting. It’s the figure that shows up in many of their works and what Michelle calls their inspiration.”I read, ‘Behold, thy soul is a living star,’ and it seemed so appropriate with our work,” she said. “We started experimenting with the figure and a more luminous representation.”If you spend time with the pieces – when you have changing light, especially daylight – that’s when you see the subtleties and changes.”The Casariettis work to make a paradigm shift in the viewer’s mind through the layered depth of each painting, which can look different in all shades of light. Robert asks me to look at a painting. Then instructs me to look at it from a different spot.

“See it,” he says, “A figure.” And there she is. What I didn’t see a moment ago is now entirely apparent.”You start receiving differently,” Robert says. “You’re in a receiving mind now. You’ve come into our world.”The Casarietti Studio opened in Breckenridge in October thanks in part to the summer heat of Texas. While working on a piece too large to fit in their former studio, they could only be outside with the painting from 4 to 10 a.m. in the morning. “The heat was unbearable,” Michelle said. And being familiar with mountain weather from living in Idyllwild, Calif., they applied to exhibit in the Breckenridge Art Fairs. Being here for three weeks was enough of a sell, and they decided to stay.

“See it,” he says, “A figure.” And there she is. What I didn’t see a moment ago is now entirely apparent.”You start receiving differently,” Robert says. “You’re in a receiving mind now. You’ve come into our world.”The Casarietti Studio opened in Breckenridge in October thanks in part to the summer heat of Texas. While working on a piece too large to fit in their former studio, they could only be outside with the painting from 4 to 10 a.m. in the morning. “The heat was unbearable,” Michelle said. And being familiar with mountain weather from living in Idyllwild, Calif., they applied to exhibit in the Breckenridge Art Fairs. Being here for three weeks was enough of a sell, and they decided to stay.

The couple has a studio in town, but also one at their home in Blue River where their 9-year-old son Mike sometimes chips in on the creativity of the pieces. His signature appears on the back of works he’s painted on. And his success in school here has the couple optimistic about this place that they’ve ended up.”Our life is so blissful,” Robert says. “We get to paint beautiful things that people appreciate.”Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.


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