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Mountain Living Studio features high quality oil paintings in a variety of sizes and themes. The excellent work of our artists has been voted to be the best in Colorado Springs. Some of our featured artists include Steve Weed, John Mendoza, Phil Lear and Katie Hoffman. Our award winning artists' work will sate the appetite of art appreciators and collectors alike.

Kearston Corey

Kearston CoreyKearston Corey is a primarily self-taught artist that specializes in human and animal portraiture but also enjoys sculpture and life drawing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Southern Colorado with an emphasis on wildlife studies. This has given her an in-depth understanding of biological morphology and structure that translates into her artwork. Kearston likes to focus on a single element, leaving the background undefined. She is currently working with limited palettes in oil and incorporating exotic plasters and gold leaf to create a dimensional effect in her paintings. Her favorite two dimensional mediums are oil and charcoal, but occasionally will branch out into acrylics and watercolor. Most work is applied using flat or filbert natural hair brushes and a variety of trowels and palette knives. Kearston’s work has been featured in several shows including Cottonwood Center for the Art’s juried shows for People in Places (2009), Day of the Dead (2009, 2010, 2011) and Salute to Our Military (2010, 2011) and the Griffis Group Invitational Grand Prix Horse Show (2010).Kearston Corey Paintings

Steve Weed

Steve Weed PhotoSteve Weed was raised under the dramatic skies of Oklahoma, Texas, and the mountains of New Mexico, and was influenced early by their visual impact. At the age of 13 he knew he wanted to make his mark in life as an image maker. On the heels of awards and scholarships for his artistic talents, Steve earned a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio before embarking on a career in graphic design, photography, and fine art that is well known in the San Antonio and the South Texas region. His work hangs in the private collections of well- known clients, corporations, and institutions across the nation. Over the years he’s been commissioned for art (water color and oil mediums), graphic design, photography - even high profile courtroom renderings and celebrity portraiture. As a young artist, he studied printmaking in Europe before opening his own art gallery and frame shop and creating hallmark icons for the celebrated Fiesta San Antonio. Steve recently retired from a well-established design career and, with a loyal client base in south Texas, permanently relocated to Colorado Springs with the intent of returning to the mountains and pursuing his love for image making full time. In his art, it is Steve’s hope that you will accept his invitation to see the world as he sees it through paint and print… and that you will enjoy the results of his efforts.Steve Weed Art

Sherry Rogers

Sherry RogersSherry Rogers' passion for painting shows in her impressionistic style reflecting the subtleties of color and the play of light and shadow. She captures the joy of nature in a sparkling landscape, the delicate beauty of a flower, a quaint cottage, or a moody seascape - whether painting plein air or from a photograph taken during her many travels. She expresses much emotion and passion in her painting. Sherry originally studied art in Manhattan Beach, California, where she was awarded 1st and 2nd Places in the Manhattan Beach Annual Art Show. She then set her paints aside until she began painting again after a 20-year hiatus. Sherry Rogers Oil Paintings

John Mendoza

portraitThe work of John Mendoza is a diary of the man and his views of life. His watercolors bespeak of romance, nostalgia and natural beauty. Many of his paintings display dual characteristics. They are gentle yet passionate, simple yet detailed, bold yet subtle and concrete yet abstract.

As he works, the painting magically communicates with him, almost dictating what should be put on paper.

His ability to think freely, confidently and intuitively allows him to create a Mendoza world, bursting with avalanches of color, which build wildly romantic and emotional feelings, creating a universal and esthetic appeal. Vertical and horizontal thrusts that dominate his work sweep downward from the basic motif in a wash that is essential to the paintings as a whole. This is the signature that is unmistakably the work of John L. Mendoza.

The artist is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Artist-In-Residence at the University of Southern Colorado and a veteran of numerous one-man shows, major competitions and awards. His juried shows include the American Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club, Watercolor USA, Rocky Mountain National Water Media, National Academy of Design and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art. John Mendoza Oil

Phil Lear

Phil LearPhil Lear has always striven to bring an emotional charge to his work that intends to stick with the viewer long after the viewing. As a narrative figurative painter, it is his mission to create work that embodies a classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience. Murky grays, browns, and strokes of sky blue pile on the canvas to form a barrage of colour that both intrigues and gratifies the eye in a fresh painterly realism. As a story-teller, his canvases are peopled, like a zoo, with a band of remarkable characters whose entrance on the scene can be at once inspiring and disquieting -- wild-eyed youth, brooding poets, defiant downtrodden martyrs, spellbinding vixens and fallen angels, tragic heroes and the criminally bent. They are strangers, but with a deep connection to the distant song of reality and life. Phil Lear Paintings

Katie Hoffman

A statement from the artist: "The imagery in my work is arrived at intuitively and influenced by myths and stories that capture my imagination, music I’m listening to, and the daydreams that preoccupy my mind. I start with a nonobjective under-painting and no preconceptions but texture and color to enter into a dialogue with the paint itself. Though this approach to a start is indebted to Abstract Expressionism, the paintings are not completed in one dynamic session. They are returned to over a period of weeks or months, as more layers of paint, wax, and various media are added and some areas are abraded or scraped down to reveal earlier layers, in a mimicry of fragmented memory and experience residing in an invented space. I live and paint in Wheat Ridge, Colorado." Katie Hoffman Paintings

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