ANGELA CRAVEN

I am an abstract painter based in Denver, Colorado. My paintings are about reflection, strength and connection; they act as a visual reminder for people who collect them to connect with their own strength and to celebrate the meaningful people and experiences in their lives.

My Inspiration

Words. From conversation, from something I’ve read, from a thought that I’m curious about translating visually, words drive my entire process. They inform the shapes, textures and colors on my canvas.  What is it that transpires between the first layers of language and the edited message received by the listener?  Words in themselves are an end, but their tone, inflection, delivery and context unfold into complex meanings. Human interaction, communication, is the impetus behind my work.

Words are not the only means by which we communicate. Images bombard our daily lives and are all meant to evoke some thought or feeling. Art communicates itself in layers just as the meaning of a conversation evolves as it occurs. It’s constantly evolving with its audience. I aim for my artistic process to continue beyond the completion of my painting. I hope my work functions as a tool for communication. My end goal is to mirror the complexity of what transpires in our everyday communications, and in turn, to inspire a dialog among and with the viewers.

My background

Ever since I can remember, I have made art a priority in my life. I have always been driven to make it, look at it, and read about it (or talk to other people about the art they make, look at or read about).

My husband (who is also an artist) and I live in Denver, CO. Both native Coloradoans, we moved back to Colorado a few years ago after 7 crazy fun years in Brooklyn, NY.

I’m a graduate of Colorado State University where I earned my BFA in painting. During college, I spent a semester in Siena, Italy where I found a specific passion for abstract painting thanks to my professor and mentor, Franca Marini.

When not involved in something related to art, I can be found hanging with friends and family, reading, practicing yoga, cooking, and drinking coffee or brandy manhattans.

I love everything about art and feel lucky to have found that fire in my belly as a kid. My goal is to communicate the same sense of passion through my paintings and ignite a thought, memory or inspiration for those who collect and see it. 

photos by Rebecca Tillett