I started Steel City Art Works in 2007 with the goal of displaying and promoting art. I have always been involved in art! I love to paint horses, ravens, and landscapes. I also enjoy working with wood and making assemblage boxes and shrines. I am inspired by land and the color and vastness of Colorado.
My Nana taught me how to work with yarn and create beautiful scarves. I would spend hours watching her sew and crochet, and she had the patience to teach me the art of creating things with my hands. Over the years I have explored many types of art mediums, including quilting, knitting, crocheting, stained glass and mosaics, to name a few. I have been creating jewelry with the wire weaving technique for the last five or six years and absolutely love it.
I always wanted to be an artist “when I grew up”. I have come to the realization that you never really grow up… you just grow older. I work in acrylics on canvas, but mostly I’m known for “Going Green” by restoring and painting used furniture, and making clocks and “bots” (figural sculptures) made from found objects. Each piece is its own unique work of art.
I am grateful to be a part of this creative and supportive group of artists.
I currently enjoy working with wood, and as many artists will tell you, inspiration takes countless forms and strikes without warning. That which is inspiration to one artist may not translate into inspiration in another. It can be a bolt of artistic lightning or a product of creative thinking and work. For me, it's likely to be some of each.
Lori has always been inspired by the natural world, and clay is her way of expressing her love of nature. After living and travelling in different parts of the world, Lori now lives in the Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado, where Red Cloud Pottery was born. She continues to be inspired by the earth, the sky, the waters and all of the animals that surround her studio and home. She loves to work on her pottery wheel, creating thrown forms, her favorite, being the bowl. The colors and textures she uses on her ceramics always reflect the natural world that she loves.
What started as a hobby, making jewelry, quickly became a lifelong journey. Each piece I create, including wire sculptures, takes me on a new adventure. Everything I design is one-of-a-kind and often includes repurposed elements. What was once admired by one becomes something new to be enjoyed by another. I currently focus on creating steampunk jewelry and other unique creations.
I am a Colorado native, creating abstract, non-representational art. My primary medium is oil paint on canvas but I also enjoy exploring the experimental process in mixed media and print making.
Nancy Suda Pisciotta
As a stained glass artist my joy is in selecting the colors and shapes which will come alive in the light. Each design is created using the copper foil method (well known for its use by Tiffany). Each piece of glass is hand cut, its shape refined, foiled and soldered into place. Depending on the subject a final step of framing and adding patina is applied, To make each work shine, it is hand rubbed with a wax made expecially for stained glass.
I’ve been painting for 50+ years, but made the switch from acrylics to oils 4 years ago. Having worked as a designer in the architectural field for my career my interest in the old architecture in Pueblo is the subject matter for many of my paintings. I am inspired by Claude Monet, Tom Thompson, Edward Hopper and Stephen Magsig. In teaching myself to paint I copied many of their paintings in order to learn their brush strokes to help create my own work.
I have been painting consistently since the early 1980's. I paint both in watercolor and acrylics. I worked for the Space Shuttle Program in CA and in Houston from 1976 until the Shuttle retired in 2011. My work anymore is basically abstract.
David S Hayden
Dave, dba Pueblo West Photography, resides in Pueblo West, CO and developed an interest in photography in 1965 when his brother handed him a Lordox, fully manual 35mm camera. His 15-year passion for photography really kicked into high gear with the invention of digital photography.
For Dave photography, literally “drawing with light, is as much or more about the light than it is about any particular subject matter. As a result his interests range from landscape to still life and product photography. For the past few years he has photographed numerous events ranging from outdoor events for the Southern Colorado Horseman’s Society and the Pueblo Zoo to “black tie” events for the Red Cross, Pueblo City County Library District and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.
Like many others, I've worn different hats through my life, but I have always relied on art as a constant. Just a few years ago, I discovered sculpting figurative art with polymer clay. With each piece I make, my heart and soul goes into carefully sculpting and bringing to life the dolls that I create. Each is totally handmade from first idea to finished doll. These dolls are not play things, but works of art. All the dolls on display are truly OOAK, one-of-a-kind, varied figures that have been a challenge to create. I have included commissions, and other pieces are priced according to the complexity of the finished piece or requested doll.
Throughout history and across cultures enlightened women have always existed and have rarely been recorded. I seek to remember and honor them. Some of them are historical figures; some are from my imagination as women who must have existed. Most of my busts are life size.
“Reading God’s presence
through the body
of women is the writing of
women’s divinity in the world”
Why just be a protagonist in a video game when you can draw them and create new worlds for them? Sitting through the many long meetings my mom attended, I had plenty of opportunity to sketch my favorite characters from games. Mostly, I drew Sonic the Hedgehog. As the years progressed, I began to draw more characters. Eventually, I expanded my mediums from markers to colored pencils. Later, with a lot of coaxing, I began to paint. Now I enjoy creating digital art on my iPad.
I am proud to say I was born in Pueblo, where I live and work. The views from Pueblo and the surrounding area are a limitless source of inspiratioon. I am an oil painter mainly and I also enjoy working in pastels. I work on location and directly from life to have the best chance at achieving accurate color. My inspirations are the Boston School Painters and Paul Ingbretson. The concepts shared by these painters are truly elevating. I am also influenced by the work of the Province Town Painters who studied with Henry Hensche, particularly G.T. Thurmond. Pueblo artist Jill Starkey was my early mentor and the true beginning of my color education here in Puerblo 19 years ago. I love to pursue ideas about painting and color theory conundrums by research, discussion, and exploration in paint. Colorado is teeming with enough sunling and rich colors to entertain a painter for a lifetime. Pueblo is a painter's paradise. There is a quiet movement building in Pueblo.
I am an Iowa transplant and a graduate of CSU, Fort Collins, with a degree in Vocational Education. I began my photography experience in 1990 when I began teaching darkroom photography at the High School level. I learned the process through reading books and trial error: many, many errors. Over the years, I have participated in several classes and workshops. I continued with black and white and the darkroom until I was dragged screaming into the digital age around 2001. I still miss the smell of the chemicals.
I am continually amazed at the images out there waiting to be captured.
I display my work at local and regional art shows and at Steel City Art Works in Pueblo, Colorado.
I'm inspired by ALL of the artists at Steel City Art Works! The creativity abounds and the ideas flow in this wonderful Gallery! Like many artists, I work in several media, primarily focused on glass fusion and mosaics. I also enjoy painting with watercolor or acrylics in addition to creating jewelry made of fused glass and beads.
Glass is a fascinating medium! You can heat it, cool it, bend it, stretch it or melt it into a puddle! I use a kiln with an electronic controller so that I have control over every aspect of the heating & annealing for each project. I fire some projects 5 or more times before I finish a piece.
My fascination with glass began in 2012 with budget glass mosaic projects in upcycled frames. Then I saw a piece of fused glass in this Gallery! Once I saw the power and benefits of melting glass, I was hooked on glass fusion as my new medium for creativity!
I do commission pieces on request and I also teach small classes for others who are interested in learning more about melting glass.
Bob enjoys creating different wood techniques and tools for woodturning. For him, wood grain and color often determine what shape the wood will take. He loves the feel of wood and the woodturning process including harvesting and cutting most of his own wood from the surrounding mountains. Bob does his own preserving and drying of the wood and then creates unique, beautiful pieces. He credits Deborah Foy with being essential to his work.
Although I've painted in a variety of mediums, I now work in acrylics. I've always painted folk art, both primitive and American traditional, adding a touch of whimsy. I did this for many years until, one day, while painting a tiny person under a tiny tree, I decided I needed to grab a big brush and paint something totally different, something larger. I ended up painting large cows. From there, the animals proliferated: roosters, hares, donkeys, emus and on it went. My hope is that my paintings make you smile. My work has been displayed in a variety of venues, from county and state fairs to businesses and galleries. My self-portrait, "Stay Within the Lines," was part of a traveling art exhibit.
I started drawing when I was nine. I have worked in many mediums and now enjoy working with foils. I've been working in this medium for about 2 years and am happy with its evolution. I create art by painting with oil on copper and aluminum.
I'm always experimenting with new textures and color combinations. I love how the colors take form as I apply the paint and bring out the underlying textures and shapes. It's an exciting experience seeing each piece come together. Inspiration can come from anywhere and anything.
My passion is painting mountain and nature scenes. I love combining pen & ink with watercolors, and discovered batik watercolor in 2015. Batik has spurred my creativity in an exciting new way. My paintings are inspired by photos taken from skiing, hiking or out on the water. Follow me on Instagram @mkb_nature_lover
I create to make better the world I live in, to present a confidence and realism that inspires people to join in as leaders for maintaining and improving the community around us through my jewelry and video work. My work is the intersection of my passions for art history, popular and geek culture, and economic empowerment in my community.
I have a lifelong obsession with color, pattern, and texture. I enjoy playing with these 3 design elements to create a variety of strung-bead jewelry pieces. I regularly hunt for raw materials, both new and vintage, and combine them with an eye toward functional harmony, exotic beauty, and subtle earthiness. My other favorite mediums include multi-media collage, mosaics, weaving, and various fiber arts.
I've been painting since I took my first oil painting class at age 10. I first sold a painting at age 16. Because I was certain that I wasn't talented enough to make a living as an artist, I took residency, forensic psychiatry specialization, and spent the first 15-20 years of my career at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. My artistic endeavors took a backseat to work, marriage, and parenting.
I'd struggled with episodes of depression since age 12 but only discovered the therapeutic benefits of painting during a period of depression in the early 2000's. I've been painting ever since.
Because my return to painting was precipitated by a mood disorder, I initially focused on what my husband refers to as my storybook paintings. With these paintings, I'm less focused on seeing beauty and more focused on sorting through and expressing my inner world. Over time, I have shifted more to landscapes, flowers, and brighter colors. Now, I tend to put more emphasis on beauty.
I used acrylics for years. Randy Ford, local Pueblo artist, got me trying out oils again, and I loved them. But, they are a bit toxic, so I turned to miscible, water-soluble, oils which don't require turpentine and avoids other toxic chemicals. My other major hobbies include long-distance bicycling and hiking. Many of my paintings are based on the photographs taken during these activities. More recently, I'm trying out painting in vivo during these activities. It is lovely to paint outside. So far, this has me returning to acrylics, as they are easier to transport and require less equipment.