It’s no secret that Coloradans are very proud of their home state! As a transplant that emigrated here from Florida over 7 years ago, I’m officially a proud Coloradan, too!
I was living in the Florida Keys, where my family lives, and kept dreaming of moving West to the Rocky Mountains where I had spent a few summers hiking and working as a conservationist. Being a mid-twenty something single person, I was looking for a larger city that was either in or extremely close to the high country and wilderness…Denver was really the only option I could come up with. So, after giving it very little thought and not knowing a single person in Denver, I came up with a timeline and plan and moved out here to begin a new chapter in my life. It was hands-down the best decision I ever made. I fell in love with Denver, and more specifically, the Colorado high country, almost instantly.
Coming from Florida, however, I was not expecting the overwhelming state pride I encountered with Coloradans…there were Colorado flags, stickers, hats, and t-shirts everywhere. People in Florida only really showed pride in their chosen college or professional football teams so state pride was sort of a foreign concept to me. But it’s very easy to see and understand why there is so much Colorado pride…we truly live in one of the most beautiful places…and apparently a LOT of people agree, as evidenced by the surging number of people moving here every day.
Naturally, I wanted to exhibit my Colorado pride in some way. I’ve never been one for bumper stickers and I’ve never been a fan of using flags made from weather resistant material as interior decoration…they look great outside but I didn’t have a space to fly one…so what was I to do? I had contemplated making a Colorado flag out of stained wood but the idea just never inspired me to action. I knew that whatever I created, I wanted to replicate it and share it with other art-loving, proud Coloradans which meant it not only had to be well-made but also unique with great attention to detail. So the brainstorming and experimenting began…
I’ve always loved wood. The smell of it. The feel of it. The variation in it. I’d had experience with pyrography (technique of burning images into wood) many, many years ago and when that somehow popped into my head, I immediately jumped at the idea. After numerous experiments and trial runs and all the other tribulations and doubt that come along with creation, I finally settled on a concept and set out to perfect it.
I’ve kept the “prototypes” for myself and they are displayed around our house…with all their imperfections and unedited beauty (if you’re into that sort of thing). But here are the one-of-a-kind ‘production’ pieces that I’ve had at markets and began selling through word of mouth and friends:
All of the artwork is hand-made. Each piece is made from high-quality, hand-selected 1/2″ birch plywood. I free-hand the mountains and draw everything onto the wood before burning it in. Once the wood burning is complete, I use a variety of wood stains and tinted dyes to add color and shading while still allowing all of the beautiful wood grain to show through. Each piece is then finished with satin polyurethane on everything except the raw wood mountains allowing the true tones of the wood to shine. They are truly a labor of love!
If you are interested in ordering a custom piece of artwork, please send me an email or leave a comment. There will be a few “custom” listings in the Etsy shop as well. Additionally, I will be adding listings for all pieces that are already completed and not yet sold.
Price list (prices may vary some for custom touches):
Extra-Large: 38 inches wide by 20 inches tall. Framing adds approximately 4 inches.
Unframed: $295 With Premium Pine Frame: $350 Poplar frame: $375 Other hardwood frames available for market prices
Large: 32 inches wide by 16 inches tall. Framing adds approximately 4 inches. Unframed: $195 With Premium Pine Frame: $245 Poplar frame: $275 Other hardwood frames available for market prices
Medium: 24 inches wide by 12 inches tall. Framing adds approximately 3 inches. Unframed: $135 With Premium Pine Frame: $165
Small: 20 inches wide by 10 inches tall. Framing adds approximately 2.5 inches. Unframed: $100 With Premium Pine Frame: $130
Large Square: 24 inches wide by 24 inches tall. Framing adds approximately 4 inches. Unframed: $215 With Premium Pine Frame: $265 Poplar frame: $295 Other hardwood frames available for market prices
Small Square: 6 inches. $25
All pieces come ready to hand with framing wire already installed.