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Vail: ‘Action and energy in the paint’

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyPart-time Vail resident and artist Lynn Cohagen poses in her studio. Even as a young child, Cohagen knew she wanted to be an artist. "When I was young, I loved to doodle and look at color swatches," she said. "It still makes me happy to mix paint or finger through fabrics."

VAIL, Colorado — During the summer, artist Lynn Cohagan –whose work in on display in Vail –mostly paints outside. She’s concentrated her work on three very different locales -Tuscany, the Texas hill country and Vail. Cohagan, who splits her time between Austin and Vail, doesn’t have a favorite place that she paints – more like a favorite time of day.

“No matter where I am, the golden light of late afternoon draws me in,” she said. “It makes beautiful, long shadows.”

When Cohagan is painting in Vail, though – something she’s done for the past 15 years – the mountains provide plenty of inspiration. She often takes the Lionshead gondola to the top of the mountain to paint the peaks from a higher elevation.

“The drama of the mountains is irresistible,” she said. “It is a challenge to catch their patterns of light and color. In the winter, the trees cast wonderful shadows on snow making an intricate pattern, which is also fun to paint.”

Beginning Friday, Cohagan is exhibiting 26 of her oil paintings at the Vail Public Library’s community room. The exhibit will include still life, figure and landscape paintings and will hang through July 31. The show is called “Scene Stealers” because Cohagan made a special effort to make the paintings very affordable.

“The small paintings, 8-by-8-inches, start at $100 unframed,” she said. “That is a steal since all paintings require the same energy, attention to composition and color. I have included many smaller works for this recession-year library show, but there are some larger works also.”

During the winter, Cohagan spends more time inside, painting figures. She has nearly 100 photos she snapped of dancers rehearsing.

“I put several of these into one composition, striving for action and energy in the paint,” she said. “I am excited for the Vail (International) Dance Festival so I can see more dancers in movement.”

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