Artist Statement: Mattie O. readily admits that for an artist, she has an unusual background. She was a civil engineer on off-shore oil rigs, bar owner in Vail, ski bum, hermit in a one-room log cabin, an environmental attorney, a single mom and cleaned guns for the Israeli army. Quoting Helen Keller, she explains, “Life is an adventure, or nothing.” Mattie approaches her artwork with the passion and intensity of an adventure. She creates exquisitely detailed, dramatic scratchboard; vibrant watercolors and moody multimedia. She paints what she loves – machinery, bike portraits, family and friends, the great outdoors, flowers and, of course, food. Today, as an emerging artist, she is winning awards in local art shows and painting for wine labels and biking events.
Awards: • 2008 Second Place "Tree Portrait No.1," Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Member Show • 2007 Juror's Choice. "Iris Twins," Colorado State Fair • 2007 Second Place "Blue Cherubs," Palmer Lake Art Group Spring Show • 2007 Third Place "Snowy Falls," Palmer Lke Art Group Spring Show • 2006 Third Place "Madonna II, " Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Member Show