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.

Carol Browning is a Denver based Artist who’s work “emphasizes energetic gesture and dynamic mark-making”. It was that energy that drew us to one painting in particular, Fire and Ice, which perfectly reflected the tone of Colorado Ballet’s upcoming performance Tour de Force featuring Feast of the Gods. Read more about Carol Browning and our Collaboration with the Colorado Ballet in our latest blog post.

To view more of his work visit Walker Fine Art.

Doug Haeussner, a local artist, pursued his passion for painting after 29 years in the screen printing business. Doug uses collage and mixed media to create stunning paintings, he transforms the ordinary or mundane into visually intriguing  compositions. His most recent work was exhibited in a solo show with Circus Collective Gallery called “Perspective”.

Read more about Doug in our recent blog post.

To view more of his work visit Walker Fine Art.

Husband and wife video and animation duo Kevin and Anna Grace Botka left the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for the mountain life of Colorado where they started their own creative studio. The team specializes in directing, designing, and animating educational and story-driven design projects and commercial work. After working on a few projects with them, we’ve experienced firsthand just how talented this duo is, and want to share their story in our “Being Creative” feature this month.

Read more about Botka Collective in our recent blog post.

Boulder-based singer-songwriter Bob Barrick‘s raw performance style makes room for his passionate, poetic song craft to stake its claim in the indie-folk consciousness. He recently struck out on his own to release Wildflower Runner (2018), an album inspired by the lyric-centric recordings of Neil Young and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Read more about Bob in our recent blog post.

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: