Born in Smithtown, Long Island, Kaitlyn discovered her love of art early on, and by age 14, was
attending the Long Island Drawing School, immersed in both figure and location drawing classes
under the tutelage of renowned illustrator, Jeffrey K. Fisher. Upon graduation, Kaitlyn made the
move to Brooklyn, NY to enroll at Pratt Institute for Illustration. She helped hang and curate shows
at both the Society of Illustrators and the Godwin-Ternbach museum in New York City and has
displayed work in multiple group shows in both Brooklyn and Long Island.
Kaitlyn enjoyed stints at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the MOMA while pursuing her
Masters degree from Queens College. During this time, she exhibited in a show for the Create
Ability program in MoMA's education wing. Shortly after grad school, Kaitlyn began to move away
from illustrative, figurative work to embrace the abstract.
In late 2013, Kaitlyn, her husband, and their dog moved to Denver to start a family. Kaitlyn is
currently exploring the Colorado landscape with her two children, deeply in love and inspired by
her new environment.
A native of Colorado, I have been drawing, sketching, coloring, painting, and creating since I could sit up on my own. My Grandmother and I would sit at the kitchen table for hours...drawing and painting faces, animals, flowers, and anything else we could think of. I spent most of my childhood creating and performing, and eventually went on to get a BA in Voice Performance. Although my degree was in the performing arts, my heart and my passion was always in MAKING art. Lines, shapes, colors, and textures drew me in to the world of the HANDMADE and eventually, I started my own business called Fern and Sprout, making accessories from wool felt and beads. After years of making and selling my handmade felt pieces, my love of color, shape, and texture crossed over onto the canvas and I quickly became smitten with PAINTING.
Each piece of my art is painted, drawn, sketched, glued, stitched, or created with love in my studio in Englewood, CO. My work tends to be abstract with a somewhat magical feel. There are elements of rich texture, thick paint, vibrant colors, and playful movement in all of my pieces. Each painting contains layers upon layers of emotion and each piece gives you an intricate view of my heart and soul. These many layers on the canvas include my stories - some of love, heartbreak, joy, passion, and grief. While some pieces might have a lighthearted and mischievous feel...others may be more dark and melancholy. I come to the canvas without a plan. My process involves a willingness to play, to be open to what the paint has to say, and to find joy in discovering what the piece will eventually become. For me, making art is an intuitive, expressive, healing process. I am happiest when I am in my studio, music blasting, paint flying!
When I am not creating art, you can usually find me at the gym teaching Zumba! When I am dancing, NOTHING else matters! Dancing is a huge stress reliever for me, and you will always catch me dancing WHILE I PAINT!
I live in Littleton, Colorado with my main squeeze (who is also an artist,) my two boys, and four, (YES, FOUR) dogs. I love to travel, hike, drink coffee. You can follow my creative journey on Instagram @mandyyocomart, on Twitter @fernandsprout, or visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mandyyocomart
Lisa Dianne Martin
Inspired by Albert Bierstadt, Lisa Martin climbed all of Colorado’s 58 14,000k foot peeks and painted the views while on the summits. These 1’x 2’ acrylic paintings were painted 100% above 14k feet from 2014-2016. She plans on painting from the summits of the rest of the 14ers in the continental US before selling the originals.
Arleigh Johnson received his BFA from the University of Colorado Denver in Spring, 2018, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, Alamosa, CO, The Room of Lost Things, Denver, CO, and Euro Crepes in Denver, CO. Johnson has been primarily a human portrait and figure painter since 2014. Johnson's expressive use of the human form intends to creatively interpret and re-describe the unique qualities of the intangible human spirit.