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Art for sale by Gypsum resident in need

Katie Drucker
Eagle Correspondent
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyGypsum, Colorado resident Lola Esparsen works on a painting in her home. Esparsen works with various mediums such as acrylic paint, glitter and stickers.

GYPSUM, Colorado “-When Gypsum, Colorado resident Dolores “Lola” Esparsen had money, she walked up and down Larimer Street in Denver, giving $25 to each homeless person she met.

“They needed the money more than I did. That was the best thing I did in my life,” said Esparsen.

But now Esparsen is the one in need.

After working at the Turntable in Minturn for 18 years, Esparsen, a single mother of three, decided to retire, sell her house in Minturn and move to Gypsum.

One year after retirement, Esparsen’s savings are gone, she is unemployed and willing to do whatever she can to provide for her family” even if it means selling her beloved artwork.

“I had some money left from selling my house. But the money is gone,” Esparsen said. “I pray to God I sell some of my art because I am unemployed and if this doesn’t work, I don’t know what I will do.”

Esparsen began painting as a hobby six years ago.

“The art comes out of my heart,” she said.

Esparsen paints in acrylic and uses bright colors, glitter and glow-in-the-dark stickers to fill her canvasses and create scenes ranging from the chaos after hurricane Katrina to a skier on a mountain.

“I find it overwhelming that I can do this,” said Esparsen of her artwork.

Each of Esparsen’s paintings take her 36 to 48 hours to complete and are priced from $200 to $500.

“I used to give my art away, but I think it is worth something,” she said. “The art is just as good as art in galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek.”

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