Visual Arts

Insurance investigator Mickey La Fave finds solace and success in watercolors

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Right now, La Fave works primarily with watercolors. "I dabble in oil and other things, but with the shows you can usually only enter one category of art unless you want to pay," she explains. "A lot of people say watercolors are hard to work with, but I don't think they are," says La Fave. At first, the artist would get frustrated and throw things away. "But then I decided I was going to make sure every painting was finished and a success," she says, and she used white-out and other techniques to complete paintings to her liking. "I think that's made me a better artist." Her work is colorful and deeply rooted in place, often depicting western landscapes and nature. La Fave is also passionate about animals, and those pieces have been popular. "I make things up in my dreams, and then I get up and do a sketch," she explains. "I'm crazy, crazy, crazy about birds!" The artist's next piece, currently in progress, will be anchored around a raven wearing "one of those helmets they used in the WWII fighter planes," La Fave says.

La Fave belongs to several area art leagues and is a boardmember of the Arvada Fine Arts Guild. Her work is currently on display at La Belle Rosette and the Eggshell. But you'll soon be able to see it in other spots.

"Come summertime," La Fave says, "I usually do tent art and music fairs." So La Fave will appear at the Art Students League of Denver's Summer Art Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at 200 Grant St. "I have a lot scheduled through the summer," she says. For more information, visit La Fave's website.

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Jamie Siebrase is a Denver-based freelance writer, and author of the forthcoming Falcon Guide Hiking Wth Kids, Colorado: 52 Great Hikes for Families.
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