The Beginning

September 11, 2018 2 Comments

The Beginning

Let me tell you the rambling story of how Wild + Wistful Studio began.

In 2015 I was working at an office job, and was wistfully dreaming of a wilder life, while excel spreadsheets monopolized my days.  Part of the problem was that I had let teaching snowboarding for many years ruin me before getting this office job. It’s hard to go from an active job sharing something you love with people, to an ‘adult’ job, even if the paycheck is better.  I loved art growing up, and made an effort to get back into sketching & other art forms to help find an outlet for my pent-up creativity.

And then….I took a watercolor workshop with Linda Fahey at Atelier, and fell madly in love with watercolor.  Linda taught a style that involved putting down a ton of water on the paper, and then dropping color into the pools of water, and letting that color move and bleed.  This style was so loose, experimental & unpredictable - I loved it.

I threw myself into watercolor, and after about 6 months I quit my job so that I could take a watercolor class at the college, went back to teaching snowboarding, and started spending all my free time painting.  

I launched Wild + Wistful Studio in 2016 with about 3 greeting card ideas.  It has been a wild and adventurous ride since then! Initially I did a lot of muddling around: figuring out how to layout & print my paintings as cards, how to get my work out in the world, and selling my cards at my first event.  So many new experiences! Luckily I was surrounded by friends & family full of encouragement, and a great community of creative individuals happy to share their tips & experiences with me.

My artwork has been fueled along this journey by cross country road trips, day hikes, evenings around the campfire, snowboarding & friendship.  I have found joy in sharing my art with others, and it has been an adventure to see my painting style grow and develop over the past two years. I am excited to see where the next years will take Wild + Wistful Studio!

Artist sketching overlooking Castle Peak with a dog 




2 Responses

PpppNut
PpppNut

October 10, 2018

I was wondering how this all came about! I absolutely love your Wild & Wistful story and all your art. You are so inspiring, I love watching it unfold and grow!

Beth vollmer
Beth vollmer

October 10, 2018

You’re inspring! Thanks for sharing your story

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