I make art for many reasons. I started drawing faces to study people’s facial expressions and emotions. If I see someone on TV and like their personality, I draw them. If I see someone interesting in public, I drawthem. Now that I understand people’s emotions, I study the details of people’s faces, the things that others might not notice, the details of their physical features. I make art for people. I give it to them and like to see their smiles. Connor has been with Access Gallery since 2014 and has greatly honed her artistic skills through our summer program.
Amie started working with Access Gallery when she was 17 years old. She had no formal art training, but an innate gift with drawing and painting. As a first generation Cambodian immigrant, with little money to buy art supplies, Amie has always been resourceful when it comes to her art. Using ink, a vintage pen, and colored pencils, Amie created art telling a story about her love for wolves and how she sees herself, her friends and her family taking on the spirits of these sacred animals through her art. She can paint a pet portrait in a few hours and make it look like it took days. Since Amie started with Artworks, she has explored many different mediums and has become quite a well-known and successful artist.
Jhovany started at Access Gallery in early 2018 and has since loved his time here. He has always felt like an artist and started more seriously as an artist within the last few years. Jhovany’s motivation comes through what is around him. As an artist, he feels very emotionally driven by what he sees. His goal is to get his name out there and for people to remember him for doing what he loves. His greatest fear is doing things that he hates like sitting in an office all day.
Luis is fascinated by all kinds of cars. He likes painting, but loves drawing more. Luis has been coming to Access Gallery for years. Luis recently painted a police surveillance van after being inspired by the hit TV show, Cops.
Angel is an artist who possesses great confidence and amazing attention to detail. He has strong technical skills and can spend hours working on a piece to get it right. He has created his own language and uses it in his art. He is also an artist with autism, which helps him develop his characters and stories that go along with his work.
I love creatures, nature, science and mythological forms. I love to create things that are not real, things that have their own stories and that come out of nowhere. I want my creatures to not be seen as scary but as good things. They fight evil and they are protectors. I see my creatures as part of a book. I want people to respect how important it is to protect our natural things. I get a lot of my ideas from nature and I want to be protected like my creatures. I have always thought nature was important. I want people to see the world I created for these creatures and learn from it. I want to guide my creatures to a better life. I want my art to always have a story in the world I have created. Adam is one of Access Gallery’s newer artists, first coming to the organization in 2015, and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
I create figurines using masking tape and Sharpies. I enjoy Pokemon characters the most. The first pieces I ever made were out of clay when I was a kid in school. It struck me that masking tape would be a good material to use to create figurines. I use Sharpie to color the figures. The first masking tape figurine I ever made was Pikachu. Jose is a young artist in the ArtWorks Program. He comes from a low-income background with no extra money to buy toys. He is a very resourceful individual and learned to make them on his own using masking tape.
Lorne lives in Littleton, Colorado and has been drawing and making comics since he was in middle school. Inspired by the works of Marvel’s Stan Lee as well as DC Comics, Lorne began making his own story lines and comic book drawings. Volcano-Man is Lorne’s main character, and he came up with the idea to make his head erupt when he’s angry - kind of like how the Hulk’s emotions cause him to transform. Even though both heroes show a full range of emotion (like humans) they use their strength to do good in the world.
Allie is an artist who possesses great confidence and amazing technical skill. She is an artist with autism, which helps her to revisit particular subjects with intense attention to detail. Allie is currently enrolled in a graphic design class at the Career Education Center. Allie is interested in all types of art, including fractal imagery, anime, and painting. She is especially drawn to the color pink. Allie is a talented artist that spends her time sketching, sculpting, and painting. Inspired by the larger-than-life Blue Bear at the Denver Convention Center, she sculptured her own Blue Bear and is continually expanding her artistic skills. Allie’s goal is to finish college and become an animation artist or graphic designer.
Nicole was inspired to create art by her grandmother. While her grandmother died many years ago, a part of her lives on in the paintings she left behind. “We have some of her paintings at my house; a man making pottery, a farmhouse, a truck sitting in front of a house.” These pieces mean a great deal to Nicole, urging her to continue her journey into the world of art.Nicole is affectionately known as Dragon Girl because she loves to paint dragons. She also has developmental disabilities, lives below the poverty line, and takes care of her mother who has multiple sclerosis. She brings an imaginary universe into reality using nothing more than pen and paints. Her unique style, obsessive passion to create, and immersion in fantasy qualify Nicole as an outsider artist. She lives and works outside the mainstream, both in the art world and in society. Yet her paintings allow her to share the shapes and colors and characters she creates with a larger world. Nicole says, “I make art because it’s important to me. I draw dragons with different powers. It makes me feel good when I create my images and they look like the picture.”
I have the curse of imagination. It started when I was 3. I started drawing when I was 5. I gave up when I was 11. I tried again when I was 13. I started my Czar series project when I was 15. I started my Dark Hard Core series project when I was 16. I joined Access Gallery when I was 16. I rebooted Dark Hard Series project at 17. I started hating humanity and life at 18. I started stressing out at 19. I draw and write to share my ideas with the world.
Brittany is a self-taught artist who has been with Access Gallery since 2005, joining the gallery through an internship program at her high school. Smart and determined, Brittany is no stranger to adversity. Living with cerebral palsy and limited resources, Brittany has created her own business called Brittany’s Accessories, through which she creates a variety of art including her pony bead accessories. When asked why she works with pony beads, she responds, “They are simply the most affordable bead I can buy.” Her interest in beads was sparked in high school when she was asked to create a work of art inspired by the Yoruba people. Brittany was mostly influenced by the meaning and history of their beadwork. Brittany is a mixed media artist. She works with imagery from DC Comics and Marvel. These images trigger childhood memories of watching cartoons with her brother. She and her boyfriend, who is blind, stand together as advocates for people with disabilities. Brittany was born and raised in Denver and is currently represented by Access Gallery.
A.J. is an illustrator, artist, and young man with autism. He has been a long time member of Access Gallery and is one of our most prolific and mobile artists. It is not unusual for A.J. to travel 20 or more miles in a day. He seems to intuitively know bus routes, has a fascination with trains and will stop whatever he is doing when a large truck rolls by. A.J. creates wonderful characters from his imagination and his exploits around Denver. Over the years, A.J. has developed a signature character we lovingly call “Light Bulb Head Dude.” His recent work has taken this character to new heights, in terms of both size and scale.A.J.‘s work has exhibited in many galleries in the Art District on Santa Fe. In 2013, he received an Award of Excellence in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America’s annual Emerging Young Artists Program competition. In 2017, A.J. and his illustrated world were featured in a short film accepted into the Palm Springs International Animation Festival.