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Take a visual journey at Loaded Joes in Avon

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Brandon Swonger Artist Brandon Swonger refers to his artwork as a visual journal of my experiences and ideas.

Artwork by local artists Nevada Lee and Brandon Swonger is on display at Loaded Joes in Avon through the end of the month. They took some time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Medium: Photography.Years in the valley: Grew up here until 12; back now for three years.Vail Daily: What does photography mean to you? Nevada Lee: My art is a way for me to capture a moment and a feeling in time in a way (my lighting-effect technique), which will be completely unreplicable in the future. Each individual photo represents a million different, simultaneous interactions that come together to create an amazing moment.VD: When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? NL: I still have pictures from the first camera I got up here in second grade. I couldnt draw at all, my brother Cheyenne got that (talent), so I decided to capture art in my photography.VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?NL: I started shooting photos professionally to get into concerts and clubs for free. Free drinks, a good time, some great photos of my favorite artist was enough for me. I shoot a wide variety of photography, but it comes down capturing moments, beauty, romance, anger and raw emotion and what moves you individually.VD: Describe your style.NL: My style is unobtrusive, capture the moment and then put a crazy spin on it. All the lighting effects on my shots are created using a wide variety of camera techniques and the available external lighting sources. A red light in the background may become a fireball from a singers mouth and a blue glow could be used to cool down an entire photo like a blast of arctic air.VD: If you were to meet any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why? NL: Salvador Dali I love his abstract style, and thats what inspires me to play with the light the way I do. I would probably want to go out, party at a club and see what type of art we both created. Then discuss those pieces as they relate to previous works.VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art? NL: My current favorite piece of art is a Marilyn Monroe piece by the legendary pop icon artist (Warhol apprentice) Steve Kaufman. I did an interview with him, and he gave me one of his pieces. I have a good one to send him in return. VD: Where do you sell your art?NL: I sell my art online at http://www.vailpm.com, http://www.nevadalee.com, Loaded Joes, through the http://www.photomartiniclub.com and by contacting me at 303-817-1284.

Medium: The medium I work with ranges from acrylic, pencil, pen, watercolor, photography and inkjet printing.Years in the valley: Two years.Vail Daily: What does your art mean to you? Brandon Swonger: My work is a visual journal of my experiences and ideas. It changes often and takes the form of my surroundings. I like to work with manipulated photos, illustration and paint. Subtle textures and iconic imagery can be seen throughout my work, with splashes of bright color to stimulate the eye. VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?BS: I am drawn to work that takes a modern twist on traditional subjects: landscapes, people, objects. Nature seems to be a common thread that unites most of my pieces and is where I draw a great deal of inspiration from. VD: Describe your style.BS: Creating art is an outlet where I can let loose and let my ideas flow. My work usually starts with a rough sketch for layout and concept. Then I find imagery, textures, drawings and a varied color palette to bring the idea to life.

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