Where oil meets gold
VAIL – Cogswell Gallery hosts two artists receptions for local landscape painter Paul Kethley and Mara Diseno, 18 karat jewelry designer from Spain, Saturday from 2-5 p.m.Originally from Louisiana, Kethley’s passion for art began at an early age. After earning a degree in marketing in 1974, Kethley moved to Denver where he worked in various sales and marketing positions for 15 years.”The passion for painting hit me in 1979,” Kethley said. “I worked hard at it on weekends and began doing paintings that told stories.”
But until 1989, Kethley had only been painting during his spare time. It was this turning point that Kethley focused on painting as a career. Kethley now resides in Buena Vista, where he paints full-time. “My basic interest is the historical West, but I have also gone into modern settings which originate from my own personal adventures” he said. “I like to depict man interacting with the environment, campfires, cowboys, Native Americans, wildlife and fisherman.”Manuel E. Garrido, founder of Mara Diseno, located in Cordoba, Spain, started working in jewelry when he was 13. He was enthusiastic about jewelry from an early age and began to study art history. During his studies, he began to get his inspiration for his jewelry designs from the classics – especially the Etruscan and Roman jewelry.
In 1982 Garrido created Mara Diseno together with his wife, Mara Rodriguez, who was to become the president of the company. Their children work along side them, continuing the family tradition of jewelry making that was started by Garrido’s grandfather eighty years ago.
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