Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Marie Vlasic

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If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

I'll be perfectly honest, I'm not much of a collaborator. I'm more of a lone-wolf sort of artist. I'm usually too neurotic and controlling to play nicely with others, but that being said, there are definitely a few people it would have been amazing to know. The first artist that comes to mind is DaVinci. The man was obviously brilliant, but so much more than just that. I really admire his multidisciplinary inventiveness and dedication, not to mention he seems to have been a bit of a rebel. I like that. I would have so much to learn from him. Andy Warhol would be fascinating -- there was so much more to him than that vacant facade he showed the world. I'd love to get a peak inside that brain.

Alexander McQueen would definitely be on my list. He was an astounding designer. His fashion was art, and I'm still so in love with his aesthetic. And Chuck Close. He is my idol. I'd wash his paint brushes, cook his breakfast -- heck, I'd probably lick the wheels of his chair just to spend a little time in the studio with him.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

I've been kind of obsessed with Bill Murray lately. Whether the stories about him are true or not (I dearly hope they are true), they are fascinating. He is so completely his own man, living on his own terms without giving a hoot what anyone thinks. He's having a great time just being Bill. This is a trait I want for myself. I care far too much what other people think. Mr. Murray is my personal hero. And I'd really love to paint him.

On the art front, I'm currently enamored with Yumiko Kayukawa, Van Arno, Will Cotton, David LaChappelle and Nick Cave, among others. Imagination and decadence is the common thread with these artists. I may be a decent painter, but I feel I lack the imagination of these amazing talents. I'm working on incorporating this more and more into my work and am excited about breaking out of my artistic shell, so to speak, through the influence of these artists.

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