Being Creative

What does it mean to be creative? It’s big thinking. Imagination. Bringing something new into being. And more. It’s a lifestyle choice. Here, in our “Being Creative” section, we’re giving a nod to people who have chosen this path to inspire us and the community that surrounds them.

In the fall of 2015, the mountains called to artist Jonathan McAfee. He and his wife uprooted their home in Indianapolis, IN, (where Jonathan had spent most of his life), and made the move out west. Starting fresh as an artist in Denver has been an interesting challenge for Jonathan, one that he has tackled headfirst by securing a studio space at Artwork Network, actively showing his work on First Fridays, and exhibiting his paintings around the city and country.

Read more about Jonathan in our recent blog post.

Six years ago, we had the privilege to work with an incredible local artist, Shaw Nielsen. He created our artwork for the 2011 Scream Scram. To thank him for his work and his continued creative inspiration in our community, he has been handpicked as one of our “Being Creative” artists. Take a look at his recent work including his artistic interpretation on how the plastic water bottles are killing mother nature. Thank you Shaw for creating a memorable animation as to what plastic water bottles are doing to our environment. Today, Shaw Nielsen continues to be an amazing illustrator, and his work for both adults and children has appeared in magazines, advertising, posters, and newspapers around the world. He currently resides in Colorado with his beautiful wife, a pack of dogs, and his wonderful family.

Read more about Shaw in our recent blog post.

Kate Rolston is a director and photographer whose ability to compose beautiful, real moments of her subjects, bridges the gap between commercial photography and photojournalism. She credits her years working in advertising in NYC, studying consumers by day and photographing the vibrant city by night, for her ability to capture the authentic moments both brands and consumers connect with.

Her latest series “Pretty Strong” focuses on the physical, emotional and intellectual strength of women in their element.

Neva Bergemann is the artist for the original Scream Agency logo, launched 20 years ago in 1997. Today, Neva is living a life we all dream of – as a painter and printmaker on the island of Paros, Greece where she teaches art to both young students and adults. She is teaching private classes in painting and drawing to inspire travelers who visit Paros. She also leads the studio art courses at the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts, a study abroad institution for American students. She has exhibited her artwork internationally. As an artist who enjoys change, she considers choice of medium to be as important as each idea or image being created.


To see some of Neva’s other work or to attend one of her classes on the island of Paros in Greece, visit: