Colorado artist Jessica Trusty features new work at Harwigs for First Friday Artwalk |

Colorado artist Jessica Trusty features new work at Harwigs for First Friday Artwalk

Harwig's featured First Friday Artwalk artist Jessica Trusty will showcase her "Illusions of Success and the Floating Jewels" exhibit.

Through the quiet of nature, Colorado artist Jessica Trusty found her voice.

"I started to feel something that I hadn't before," said Trusty, referring to her experience living outdoors for over six months through a Colorado Mountain College program that began in Leadville, led to Baja, Mexico, and back.

Nature became Trusty’s creative spark, igniting her career as an artist.

Her exhibit, "Illusions of Success and the Floating Jewels," will be featured from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harwigs during Steamboat Springs’ First Friday Artwalk. The artwork will remain on display throughout the month in the upstairs gallery.

Trusty’s latest exhibition speaks to the passage of time, that feeling of “have more, be more, do more” or what she refers to as “the illusions of success.”

“Creating and pausing for moments of connection is my antidote to the issue of 'time poverty' and the fast pace of our culture," Trusty said. "I believe a large amount of empathy for ourselves and others can be lost through the use of too much technology. Slowing the pace at which we connect to those around us, to ourselves, and to nature creates a ripple effect of health.”

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Growing up in rural North Dakota, Trusty remembers embracing the idea of wandering. Her father was an artist who often traveled to paint murals and a variety of other work, bringing the family along.

Her work embodies the principles of “finding your pause” — a holistic methodology Trusty developed in 2010 that incorporates ancient traditions celebrating the creative process through intention, attention, ritual and meaning.

"Fears, doubts, insecurities, everything we work with is about being human, but we try to push the ego out and come off as bullet proof, overconfident or fake it," Trusty said. "I find it much easier to own that and be part of it."

A renaissance artist, Trusty's process of self-reflection is about seeing the negative insecurities as beneficial and questioning the origin of self-doubt.

"When you start to answer those questions, you change from the inside out, and I think that reflecting this in nature brings that out of you," Trusty said. "There's no facility that can hold all of that and reflect it back to you like nature can."

Trusty's work is also on display at the Elliott Yeary Gallery in Aspen and the Center of Visual Arts in Steamboat Springs, as well as in her own Trusty Owl Studio.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go:

What: First Friday Artwalk: “Illusions of Success and the Floating Jewels”

When: 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2

Where: Harwigs, 911 Lincoln Ave.