Artist commissioned by Chad Michael Murray featured at hometown Steamboat show Friday
As a child growing up in Steamboat Springs, artist Rashelle Stetman remembers drawing landscapes of aspens and fearless cowboys, so it’s only fitting that her Visions Remembered show — set for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday — will take place at the Orton Ranch, 32787 Routt County Road 24.
“People from home feel connected when looking at some of those pieces,” said Stetman, who created pieces for the show using iconic imagery and characters, such as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, with a western cowboy rodeo scene. “The idea for this was taking my experience of growing up in Steamboat and applying that to what I love to do.”
Primarily creating illustrations with graphite pencil, Stetman, who is color blind, has the ability to create a texture on paper or wood that adds a life-like dimension.
Showing her work in Denver and California as a full-time commissioned artist, she is quickly gaining fans, especially from the likes of Hollywood actor Chad Michael Murray, who initially connected with Stetman on Instagram after commenting on one of her pieces.
For Mother’s Day last year, Michael Murray commissioned Stetman to create a piece from a photograph of his wife, Sarah, and their baby.
He posted a portion of the piece on his Instagram account and captioned the drawing of his wife, eyes closed, holding their newborn daughter, with: “Our lives are made up of trillions of moments & sometimes we get lucky & capture one worth bringing to life for eternity. This is only a small part of the whole drawing (for privacy sake) but what the camera caught was the purest form of love in the world — A Mothers Love.”
“You dream of experiences like that randomly happening,” Stetman said. “Growing up and seeing him in movies, then seeing him commenting on a piece of mine was pretty surreal.”
The variety of Stetman’s work is also seen through mixed-media pieces, ranging in size from 28 x 30 inches to 5 x 4.5 inches, either on wood or paper.
“To be successful as a full-time artist, you pretty much have no social life, and you’re your own boss,” Stetman said. “I have to put 110 percent into everything I do, and if work isn’t selling, I have no one to blame but myself. As an artist, you are doing every part of the business and really have to make opportunities for yourself.”
At the show this weekend, Stetman plans on showing 15 originals and looks forward to seeing family and friends from her childhood.
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