Sangres Art Guild

Westcliffe, CO

Curt Gillespie

Artist's Statement

Art has always been the mainstay of my life. My earliest memories are the awe I felt while beholding the mountains at first light. I love the outdoors, and that’s mostly what I paint. I hope to attain in my paintings the aesthetic value felt in the warm hues of dawn or the freshness of a spring shower. It is such essence after all, that makes nature so appealing. To convey even a fraction of it in a painting is a success.My scientific and architectural backgrounds were detailed in nature, and that detail is conveyed in my art. As a chemist, I built molecules. In architecture, I built structures. That’s also the way I paint. I move from a foundation design to broad washes of color to carefully refined passages while building the painting.I will never stop learning about the fine art of painting -- to do so would be a compromise. I continually seek to explore new subjects and new ways to increase the impact of my artwork.


  • Art for the Sangres, 2020
  • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, 2020
  • Art for the Sangres, 2019
  • Colorado Watercolor Society State Watercolor Exhibition, 2019
  • International Watermedia - Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, 2019
  • U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, Art on Loan Program, 2017-2019
  • Rockies West National Exhibition, 2018
  • Aquarius Watermedia Exhibition, First Place, 2018
  • Alla Prima Westcliffe, First Place, 2018
  • International Watermedia - Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Gold Level Award, 2015
  • Rockies West National 23rd Annual Watercolor Exhibition, 2015
  • U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet, Art on Loan Program, 2013-2015
  • Plein Air Moab, Second Place Oil/Acrylic, 2014
  • Aquarius National Watermedia Show, 2014
  • Plein Air Artists Colorado 18th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, 2014
  • 39th Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, 2014