Dawn Wilde’s artwork to be showcased at the Depot Art Center for Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk | SteamboatToday.com

Dawn Wilde’s artwork to be showcased at the Depot Art Center for Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk

This piece within Dawn Wilde’s collection is titled “Swimmer.”

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Surrounded by a world of influence in styles, philosophies and the mélange of hues, its hard telling what an artist is drawn or called to. But for Dawn Wilde, abstract expressionism spoke the loudest.

"It was freeing," said Wilde, an acclaimed artist working primarily in pastels and oils. "I have always loved the color potency of dry pastels and my ability of layering them. Oils are luscious and familiar. Sometimes, what you learn first remains your main love."

On Friday during Steamboat Springs’ First Friday Arwalk, Wilde's work will be unveiled from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Depot Art Center. Seven new pieces based in naturalism and abstraction will be showcased.

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Wilde has taught at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Bemis Art School and Kingsbury High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has been shown at regional, national and international exhibitions.

"I think of my work as very personal, reactive, based on a great deal of training, colorful and evolving," said Wilde, who started making art in grammar school and eventually earned a masters degree in fine art from American University in Washington, D.C. "I like to move from chaos to control. Diminution of excess. Layering, like life."

Her large, colorful canvases reflect her love of movement and beauty, mythology and family, design and mystery.

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"I believe any artist is affected by her surroundings," said Wilde, who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2012 to be closer to her family and her connections with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. "I am not a landscapist in the traditional sense, but color and space and line and form and texture are unavoidable and devastatingly beautiful. I hope it is there."

Wilde's work will be on display at the Depot throughout the month of January.

For a full list of other galleries and alternative venues featured with this month’s First Friday Artwalk, visit SteamboatToday.com.

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

If you go:

What: First Friday Artwalk: Dawn Wilde

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.