2022 festival poster artist
Bruce A. Gomez was born in Denver, Colorado in 1957 and was educated at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Denver.
He has been working in pastels for thirty-nine years, full-time for the past twenty-nine. Entirely self-taught, Bruce works exclusively in that medium on cold-pressed watercolor paper. In addition, he has taught for the last twenty years at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, CO, where he has been one of the school’s highest-rated instructors, consistently. He has also had the opportunity to teach workshops in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, London, England, and Cortona, Italy. He is currently a regular instructor at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art in Denver.
His artistic influences range from Paleolithic art up to Alfred Sisley, Maxfield Parrish, Juan Gris, and Gustav Klimt. He is singularly fortunate enough to travel to and paint in such wonderful places as Telluride, Paris, Rome, and Moab. He goes out and looks to capture that one unique and spectacular moment of life, whether in the mountains, in an urban setting, possibly slogging through a deluge, snowshoeing in -10°F, or painting plein air in 101°F.
“I pride myself in painting something that anyone can see themselves if they hang around: no exaggerations, no symbolism, and no implied metaphor.”