The founding artists
The Frisco Art Collective is owned and operated by four local mountain women. You can learn a bit more about each of us below. As Summit County locals, our art is heavily influenced by the mountain landscapes we love. But, as you will see when you visit, we each see it through a different lens, leading to art in a wide variety of styles and mediums. We are thrilled to have a space to call our own where we can share our passions with you!
This gallery is a dream come true for us. Our goal is to make art a bit more accessible and affordable for everyone. We hope you love it as much as we do.
I have called Summit County home since 2006 and I LOVE living in Frisco. I studied art at Colorado Mountain College at both the Breckenridge and Dillon campuses, taking a variety of classes including; drawing, composition, color theory, watercolor and acrylic painting. I settled almost immediately on watercolor as my preferred medium and eventually began to incorporate India ink into my pieces.
I pioneered my one woman business, Dry Fly Art, in 2015 at the urging of my watercolor professor, Leanne Wirta. I enjoy creating an artistic community throughout the county and I host the "3rd Thursday Art Night!" in Frisco at Highside Brewing each month.
When I’m not painting, I work full time at the Red, White and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge ( I also designed their mascot, he’s a cute little dog named ResQ). I spend my free time cycling, cross country skiing, and spending time with my family & blue heeler, Pepper. I have a lifelong love for fishing and love to see anglers wearing my hats all over the country!
I am a self-taught artist living in Dillon, Colorado. In 2017, looking for a fun creative outlet, I took a watercolor workshop with a few friends and was hooked immediately. Suddenly, I didn’t go anywhere without a sketchbook and travel watercolor palette. Painting changed the way that I see the world; finding greater appreciation in the beauty of the tiny details along the trail. While watercolor will always be my first love, I found a new artistic obsession when I started playing with clay.
I tried my hand at wheel throwing for the first time in 2019, and just like with painting, I was immediately in love with it. It didn’t take long before I had my own wheel and was planning to build out a studio. However, I never would have expected that I would have my very own studio less than a year later. When the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down, my husband and I finished the shed in our backyard and turned it into a beautiful ceramic studio. Making art brings me joy and starting this creative business just feels like where I am supposed to be. I hope you can feel this sense of joy and curiosity when you look at my paintings or have your morning coffee in one of my handmade mugs.
Creating and appreciating art has been my passion since childhood. Born and raised in the Denver area, I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors in art from grade school and beyond. Receiving a Gold Key Scholastic Art Award in high school fueled my desire to obtain a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Colorado State University in 2010. After college, Summit County became my home. For over a decade now it has been the place that inspires me artistically and where I can work and play outdoors.
I started my art company, Colorado Native Studios, and enjoy working in almost any medium you could think of, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking and so much more. Unique art is my specialty. I have also worked with teams of artists to make large-scale ice, snow, and food-based sculptures at events like the International Snow Sculpture Championships and other events throughout the state. Most recently, I carved pumpkins for both the Denver and Grand Junction Botanic Gardens and was featured in the Summit Daily News.
My custom artwork is featured at many businesses in Summit County. For example, the Empire Burger bull, made up of 20,000 individual construction nails, is my giant custom nail mural. You can also check out my sculpted and painted fiberglass animals and figures at I Scream Gelato and Blue Stag Saloon, or the super man at FlipSide Burger.
R. Waltman Photography
As a Colorado native, and a lifelong artist, I enjoy getting to call Summit County my home. I grew up in Greeley, Colorado, the home of the University of Northern Colorado, where I graduated with my BA in Art Education in 2013. Now I'm able to pass my love for the arts on to the next generation of young aspiring minds, as the high school art teacher at West Grand High School in Kremmling, Colorado. I am also currently pursing my Masters in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management at Colorado State University.
While I dabble in all kinds of mediums, alternative process photography is my favorite. I have worked with Polaroids for the last three years and while the Polaroid camera may not be the traditional landscape camera, I love being able to capture light in an intimate composition.
As a mountain local I enjoy skiing, hiking, and all the year round activities that my surroundings offer, along with my husband Tom and rescue dog Red. My hope is that visitors can take a little bit of our Colorado Light home with them as a keepsake in these one of a kind snap shots.