My Name Is … Cindy Welch-Marten

Castle Rock woman wins art competition

Posted 4/2/18

About me I am a Colorado native. I grew up in south Denver and moved to Castle Rock in 1986. I have three daughters, two grandkids and two dogs. I got married last April to a great guy and we settled …

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My Name Is … Cindy Welch-Marten

Castle Rock woman wins art competition

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About me

I am a Colorado native. I grew up in south Denver and moved to Castle Rock in 1986. I have three daughters, two grandkids and two dogs. I got married last April to a great guy and we settled into a new home in Castle Rock.

Starting an art career

I loved art at an early age and in 1982 I was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship to Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. I was exposed to many different mediums but decided to major in commercial art. I worked as a freelance graphic designer for many years and I'm still working in the advertising field. I decided to pursue my passion for painting with watercolor in 2008 after some big life changes which included a divorce. I painted purely for fun and relaxation. I entered a few art shows and in 2014 I was asked to be in a local gallery. I paint exclusively with watercolor from my own photographs and my passion is color. I love to paint local historic buildings and scenery from Castle Rock and across Colorado. In 2016 my painting “Castle Rock Feed & Supply” was chosen for publication in the book “Splash 17,” which features the best of watercolor art from around the world.

Winning art

I was excited to enter the art competition for the 100-year celebration of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo. The fair is such a rich part of the history of Castle Rock and Douglas County. Local history provides painting inspiration for me, so this was a perfect fit. Using some fun techniques with color, I chose to paint a collage representing several aspects of the fair throughout the years. It is such an honor to be chosen as the winner! It's humbling to be a part of this important 100th year for the fair and I'm excited to participate in the celebration!

My hobbies

In addition to painting, I love being a mom and grandma. My husband and I like to travel, ride our Harley-Davidson and sample craft beer. I also love photography and scrapbooking when I can find the time.

My advice

Pursue your passion. If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. “Art allows us to see beauty through another's eyes.“

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