I am originally from Santa Barbara, CA where the first street painting festival took place in the United States, so I was fortunate to have been exposed to the art form 35 years ago. I participated for the first time in 1988, and I am proud to say I have done at least one festival, somewhere around the country, every year since. I originally started doing exclusively classical reproductions, focusing on Italian artists to honor my Roman ancestry, and the origins of the art form. I have since expanded on my love for portraiture through the centuries and am now experimenting with more contemporary compositions that explore different perspectives, and expand on the relationship between street art and the viewer. The pieces with a stretched perspective are also a fun way to combine my background in Mechanical Engineering with my love for art. It is an honor to have been able to participate in The Denver Chalk Art Festival for so many years. It remains one of my favorites, combining talented local and visiting artists, a beautiful location, and a dedicated team of organizers and volunteers who put their heart into its success. - www.madonnara.com
Beginning her street painting career in 1992, Julie Kirk Purcell has traveled the world honing her craft and sharing her elaborate original designs with top clients such as The Walt Disney Company & Studios, Universal Studios, The Howard Hughes Corporation, BankMuscat, Bloomburg LLP, Chrysler Corporation and Lexus Corporation. She has won multiple awards for her street painting on several continents and has participated in notable exhibitions of the world’s top street painters. In addition to this, she continues working as a tenured professor at Irvine Valley College in Southern California and exhibiting her oil paintings. Julie is considered one of the foremost authorities on street painting technique, making her a natural author for the first book devoted to the art form, "Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet." Julie completed her undergraduate studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and continued with an MFA from CSU Fullerton, all while raising 5 children. She is continually sharing and redeveloping the art of street painting with new students, whether through workshops for both adults and children or a multicultural exhibition in the Middle East. Her work can also be found at www.streetpainting.net.
Chris Carlson is a professional 3-D chalk artist and mural painter from Denver, Colorado. He discovered his passion for art in 2012 and has been dedicated to drawing and painting ever since. Chris has always been fascinated by optical illusions and trompe l’oeil paintings. He likes to incorporate these elements into his work, blurring the line between where the art ends and the real world begins. Chris always hopes to give people a reason to smile when viewing his work. He frequently incorporates cute animals or silly scenes into his paintings. http://www.ChrisCarlsonArt.com
As an artist I am fascinated with new and different creative applications and I'm not one who is afraid of jumping out of my comfort zone and trying something different. I became involved in street painting (chalk art) in 2004 and create a few of these large scale (10'x12' + ) pastel chalk drawings each year. I am fortunate to be a featured artist in the Denver Chalk art Festival these past 5 years. Many people are dismayed that these drawing are so transient but I have found such freedom in this very issue. Nothing last forever. It has help me realize that the true joy of my creative passion is in the moment, in the creative process and sharing that with others. Let's see what's down the road! Website: https://stephendeorio.com/collections/65920
Mark Hollenbeck, an Art teacher and Art Academy Director at Lutheran High School in Parker, CO, has been teaching Art for the past 28 years. Along with teaching, Mark also enjoys creating his own artwork. He has been a featured artist at the Denver Chalk Art Festival, as well as at festivals in Houston, Centennial, Lakewood, Winter Park and San Antonio. He and his students have also completed three murals in Parker to help curb graffiti. Mark is a member of the Parker Artists Guild and is beginning his fifth year as The Schoolhouse Gallery curator for the PAG. Mark and his wife have four children, two of whom are also Chalk Artists, and 4 grandchildren. He stays active by playing tennis a few times a week. https://dottarts.squarespace.com
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