Fluid Nature- The Art of Transformation

The ability to adapt, change, and shift in order to flow and become is a great gift. Change is everywhere and continuous. To accept change and transformation as a creative process is to be an artist. So are we not all artists of transformation?

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Around the gallery:

Meet the Artist:
John Cooley was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. As a child, he was exposed to art by his
mother. Using his talent, he became President of his High School Art Society and his College Art
Society. While studying at S.U.N.Y. of New Paltz two pieces were accepted to the student
SNAG North American Traveling Art Show. Cooley moved to Denver in 1984, where he honed
his classical training and moved into the territory of abstraction. In 2002 he moved to Grand
Junction where he raised his son. In 2005, he opened Cooley Designs, where he created unique
designs from conception to completion. He currently runs Cooley Designs, a fine art and custom
jewelry studio inside of A Robin’s Nest of Antiques & Treasures on Main Street.
I use old European craftsmanship with contemporary design influences to create work that
crosses the boundaries between styles and mediums. My goal is to push the definition of artist,
art, and artistry. This particular series of work is a far cry from the metalwork with which I spend
so much time. Instead, these pieces engage with the more ephemeral fluidity of experience and
creativity—our encounters in dreams and in nature.

John Cooley
The Swamp

Digitally Composed Ink Jet on Paper
66” x 36” Framed (Acrylic with Walnut Bolts)

John Cooley
Diptych: Underworld

Digitally Composed Ink Jet on Paper

(Two-piece Set)
31’’ x 41’’each 


John Cooley
The Clearing

Digitally Composed Ink Jet on Paper
21” x 36” (Framed Acrylic with Walnut Bolts)


Meet the Artist:
Jane Dupree holds a B. A and M. Div., working for decades in family counseling and health care
administration, culminating her career as the CEO of 180-bed care facility in Chicago. She spent
the decade following her retirement in hospice chaplaincy and as a bereavement counselor in
Western Colorado. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in the Grand Mesa Arts and
Events Center, Montrose Center for the Arts, KAFM Radio Room Gallery, Stacy’s Main Street
Gallery and in the Western Colorado Center for the Arts Members’ Exhibit. She is anticipating
her third year at the Aspen Saturday Market and will be teaching spinning, weaving, and felting
to both children and adults in the upcoming year
As the child of a prominent Texas artist, I was never pushed into painting but was often left
alone to pursue my own creative endeavors—mostly creating mud pie feasts for my dolls and
designing little dresses for unwilling kittens. Later, as a prospective college art major, I was
repelled by the limited scope of art classes and fled into philosophy and languages.
Independently, I pursued pottery and weaving, selling my work in local shops and working as a
weaver in at the Field Museum of Chicago. Inspired by Colonial American linen and wool
coverlets, I reproduced intricate overshot patterns until I discovered more fluid forms of weaving
and felting.
Selection of woven and felted scarves

Meet the Artist:
Sara Brandenburg is a Colorado Native raised in the Rocky Mountains who fell in love with art
at a very young age. She has no classical art training aside from basic school art classes: her
education was actually in Wildlife Biology. However, art has been a part of her life since she
was a child, and she has always been drawn to the artistic process as a way of expression,
communication, and relaxation. Although art isn’t her career, it’s a part of her personality and
allows her to express her own personal reality.


I specialize largely in painting, but I also enjoy experimenting with mixed media, sculpture, and
pottery – I’m willing to use just about anything to make my vision come to life. While the style
of painting I am most comfortable with tends to be detailed with smooth blending, I enjoy
playing with different techniques, textures, and even lighting techniques to convey the emotion
behind the image. I tend to gravitate towards watercolor and pen in my sketchbook, while my
larger paintings are often done in acrylics. My inspiration is drawn largely from my love of the
natural world, exploration, and travel – I strive to achieve the feeling of wonder and deep
connection that I have experienced in different moments throughout my life. This largely lends
itself to images and sculptures of landscapes and animals; However, I'm also inspired by people,
society, and the conflicts and struggles of the world. I aim to evoke the same quality of emotion
or memory that I experience with others through whatever media I can. My artwork provides a
venue to express my feelings and thoughts in ways that are clearer and more direct than words.


Sara Brandenburg
Hidden Canyon
Acrylic on Canvas
24” x 36”

Sara Brandenburg
Meru Basecamp

Acrylic on Canvas
10” x 20”

Sara Brandenburg
Acrylic on Canvas
10” x 10”

Meet the Artist:
Codi Flint is a recent transplant into Grand Junction from Portland, Oregon. She has worked in
the holistic care field for many years. She enjoys being outside and participating in all that nature
has to offer. Art has been a part of her life since she was a small girl and her grandmother made
it a point to raise her with as much artistic culture as possible, taking her to galleries, dance and
theatrical performances, and many musical events. Art has been always been a way to release
stress and has helped her express herself through both difficult and joyous times.

Like most artists, I started my journey into art with a paintbrush in hand. While I really enjoyed
painting, I did not feel the freedom of the art flowing from me until I ditched the brush! I
thought, how can I do this differently? When I first discovered acrylic pours, I found a whole
new and completely freeing art form. With no lines or limits I felt unleashed to let the colors
wash over the canvas. Picking and mixing paint colors and deciding how to get them layered on
the canvas really connected me to not only the artwork, but it was so therapeutic for me. I could
layer my thoughts and feeling and pour them out of me onto a blank canvas and see it become
something tangible. The creation process was so fluid, a flow of beautiful color that was thrilling
and relieving. Using creative and non-traditional tools to change the patterns of the pour was a
fun challenge leading me to use colanders, funnels, balloons, string pulls and even cookie cutters
to form different designs. Art is so unique not only to the artist, but also the viewer. It is our way

to speak to each other without words and see each other without direct contact. Art inspires us,
challenges us and connects us, I truly hope you enjoy these pieces.

Codi Flint
Acrylic on Canvas
12” x 12”
Codi Flint
Tide Pool
Acrylic on Canvas
12” x 12”
Codi Flint
Bubbling Falls
Acrylic on Canvas
12” x 16”
Codi Flint
Ocean Floor
Acrylic on Canvas
10” x 10”


Codi Flint
Striking in Red
Acrylic on Canvas
5” x 5”

Meet the Artist:
HL Weber has a PhD in linguistics and is the manager of a document management group. She
has had a lifelong engagement with books, film, music, cooking, and exercise.

In water we get a reprieve from gravity. Obese bathers can walk with pride and dignity.
Water is clear. Water reflects. It is heavy, but makes us light. It holds us up, but it takes effort to
move through it. It can kill or crush us but we can easily move our hand through it.
Glass is said to be the one of the slowest moving liquids.
I frequently paint on wood panels. Sometime I use the grain to represent waves in water which
makes me think: the wood grows, i.e., it moves (too slowly for the human eye to detect), and the
grain of the wood makes a visible record of that movement in its wavy patterns. Fluidity is not a
property restricted to liquids. It is related to time, changeability.
So painting a person (who is about 60% water and is slowly succumbing to the entropy resulting
from gravity + time ... drooping, falling), surrounded by water represented by wave-like patterns
in wood grain created by ever-so-slow movements of growth, using oil paint made thin with lots
of oil, makes you think that what you think of as disparate and distinct (people, wood, water,
paint) may have more in common than you thought. Pondering the fluid nature of matter and
time relaxes, softens, and dissolves ideas and concepts about things and how they are different.
Not part of fluid Nature Show, but our featured Teacher of the month: (on the blue wall after
the acrylic pours).

Meet the Artist:

Jo Watson is a professional artist and retired physician.  She received her BA in Studio Art and
Graphic Design from University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and recently moved to the Grand
Junction area after residing in New Zealand for two years. She currently focuses on creating
artworks in printmaking, oil painting and textiles.  She has taught art classes at Northeast
Wisconsin Technical School, Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek WI, and The Art Garage in
Green Bay WI, as well as her home studio.

As an artist and former physician, I am acutely aware of the interface between our life energy
and the environment around us. My art reflects a desire to creatively connect the human
experience and the natural world via a variety of artistic processes. In contrast to my oil
paintings, my print works are for the most part abstract and concept driven. I often start with
altered photographs, or textural mono-print or collagraph printmaking techniques, to create an
image that evokes a new idea or emotion. I especially enjoy using natural materials, and although
abstract, my print works often have a ‘sense’ of landscape or place.
Jo Watson will be presenting classes in White Line Woodcutting, Acrylic Pour, and Monotype
Printmaking in June at Confluence Studios.


Jo Watson
Ode to Coronavirus
Acrylic Pour
12.5” x 12.5” (Framed)
Jo Watson
Monoprint on Paper
13” x 5.5” (unframed)

Jo Watson

Of Time and Space
Acrylic Pour
8” x 8”
Jo Watson
Purple Cow
White Line Print on Paper
13” x 16” (framed)
Jo Watson
Tea Party
White Line Print on Paper
14” x 16” (framed)

Works (dining area)

HL Weber
Summer Water Nap
Oil on Wood Panel
30” x 24”


HL Weber
I Am Fluid
Oil on Wood Panel
24” x 30”

HL Weber
Oil on Cotton
30” x 30”

Kitchen Back Wall:

Jane Dupree

Tomichi: Place Where Stones and Water Meet (Ute)
Felted Navajo Churro wool, curly Mohair,

Cotton and Silk.


North East wall of Gallery:

John Cooley
Cove I

Digital Ink Jet on Paper
31” x 41” Framed

HL Weber

Watery Landscape: Vietnam
Oil on Canvas
40” x 40”

John Cooley
Cove II

Digitally Composed Ink Jet on Paper

31” x 41” Framed


HL Weber
At Sea
Oil on Wood Panel

20” x 16”


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