Silverthorne local earns a spot at Colorado museum
SILVERTHORNE – Just because an artist lives in a small county doesn’t mean her art has to stay put. Marianna M. Duford, a 22-year Summit County local, earned a spot at the Colorado History Museum with her painting “Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.” It stood out among nearly 500 entries to be part of “100 Artists – 10 Days,” an exhibit honoring the Colorado Watercolor Society’s 50th Anniversary Watermedia Exhibition. The show runs from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 8 in Denver.
Duford, a native Coloradan and second generation artist, always found inspiration from her mother, who encouraged her to paint and draw from infancy and reminded her to follow her artistic heart.She majored in fine arts 35 years ago, and after taking “a side trip with life,” she began pursuing her dreams of painting and art-related travel. Last year, she studied at the La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy.
There, she learned the transparent watercolor pouring technique she used to produce “Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.” The process forced her to loosen up and throw paint on the paper and just “let it happen.” Between painting sessions, she filled her days with exploring and sketching the enchanting, hilly towns of Umbria. “Truth be known – who would have thought that life could actually get better after 50?” she said. “I find a huge amount of satisfaction and validation when total strangers or friends buy my art and actually want to ‘live’ with it. In the same vein, there is even more validation when a piece gets juried into a show or wins a prize in an exhibition that has been judged by art professionals.”
Her work has garnered plenty of praise. In 1979, the Colorado Business Magazine recognized her as an outstanding entrepreneur for her glass art and design. She has won best of show at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and won third place in the watercolor division of the Denver Metro Art Club in 2002.Her art studio in Silverthorne looks out on Mount Royal through the Tenmile Range on one side and Buffalo Mountain through the Gore Range on the other. The views provide an endless source of visual images for her, she said.”People buy art that touches something inside of them,” she said. “I think there is enough anger and suffering in the world, and if my art can bring a smile or a feeling of peace into someone’s heart then it is a successful painting.”
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