For the month of June Koelbel Library will once again host Chuck Danford and about 15 of his landscape and wildlife watercolor paintings.This well known Colorado Artist has spent 18 years since his last show at Koelbel
perfecting his medium and teaching others watercolor painting.
Danford is widely recognized for his 35 year career in graphic design. Many of the graphic identities his company developed have stood the test of time and are still in use today. Bonfils Blood Center, Saunders Construction, FirstBank, Cherry Creek Schools, and Foothills Park and Recreation to name a few.
After retiring, Danford started a second career as a watercolor artist showing and selling his work in Breckenridge, Georgetown, Edwards,
Cherry Creek and elsewhere. His other interest has been teaching design and watercolor painting. He has been in demand to teach workshops and classes for various art organizations and he teaches weekly classes at
Ken Caryl Ranch Recreation Center.
Painting landscapes and wildlife is truly his passion, “It’s an emotional experience, I love nature” Danford says. Each painting exhibits a genuine enthusiasm for the outdoors and the natural wonders of the world.
From the rocky crags of the Colorado mountains to rural farms to pristine valleys and native wildlife.
Danford paints from photos he’s taken while traveling the back roads of Colorado, the desert Southwest, Calif. and Oregon coasts, New England, Alaska and the expansive vistas of Europe and Africa. He relishes in bringing many of the worlds natural wonders to life through his paintings for the enjoyment of others. Danford’s paintings are realistic but at the same time impressionistic and full of color.
Born in Englewood, Chuck didn’t start out as a fine art painter, although some of his childhood cartoons may have been a precursor. He graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1964 only to be hired by channel 9-KBTV in those days-as the station’s art director. Later, Danford was employed by the University of Denver’s Research Institute as design director. In 1968 Danford and three others formed Unit One,Inc. Thirty five years in graphic design produced a lengthy and distinguished clientele.
In addition to his painting, Danford has been active in the community, serving as a trustee for the Porter Memorial Hospital Foundation and serving on several community boards. Danford is a signature member and past president of the Colorado Watercolor Society and a member of Mountainside Art Guild and Heritage Fine Arts Art Guild.
When asked about his paintings, Danford replies, “There’s an energy in watercolor. It’s an exciting process, watercolor is unpredictable and challenging you may even create something from a mistake.”
Danford’s paintings are splendid and worth seeing. His work can be found in many private and public collections and is currently exhibiting in local and regional shows. More of his work can be seen at: www.chuckdanford.com