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Celine Krueger’s art at Vail Library

Caramie SchnellVail CO, Colorado
Daily file photo Local painter Celine Krueger shows her work at the Vail Library through March 31.

EAGLE – From figures to florals and watercolors to acrylics, Celine Krueger’s art is as varied as her inspiration for it. The Eagle-based artist will be showing her art in the community room at the Vail Library through March 31. Recently, Krueger had a watercolor piece accepted into the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, who is hosting an art show at the Arvada Center June 1 through Nov. 11.

A longtime local resident, Krueger started seriously painting and pursuing art 20 years ago, after her children were grown and had left home, she said. After finding herself with an empty nest, Krueger knew she needed to throw herself into something and develop her own life. She took the ache of that transition and poured it out onto her canvases.”I always could draw and I did that when I was young but in high school I didn’t take art, I was going into nursing and just didn’t take the time,” Krueger said.

Krueger is the first to admit that she did things a little backwards when it came to her art. Rather than receiving formal training where you learn to copy the masters (Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, etc.) and then developing her own style, Krueger immediately began developing her own style, something that is obvious in the impulsive and eclectic feel of her art.”They call it intuitive painting rather than a learned process,” she said. “If I were to learn to paint from someone (and copy others), I might not be able to be as spontaneous because I’d be more concerned about my technique. This way, I really look at what I’m doing and intuitively put it down.”Sometimes I’ll do a piece spontaneously, but then I’ll try to do it again and I can’t get it to come out again because that’s what came out only for that moment,” she said.

A few years ago Krueger took a class where she spent two hours just writing her name, incorporating it into four different paintings.”It forces you to use the right side of your brain, the free side,” Krueger said. “I paint to get free from myself.”

Arts &Entertainment Writer Caramie Schnell can be reached at (970) 748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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