We had the good fortune of connecting with Blaise Simonelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Blaise, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It sort of happened on accident, fortunately. In 2018, my husband asked me if I wanted to check out the local Open Studios tour. At first, I thought, oh gosh, how boring. But I figured I would placate him, act interested, and go. So I went. I fell in love with the feel and look of the studios, the art, the splattered palettes. I got home and thought, I want an easel to unload on. So I purchased an easel shortly after, and have been painting ever since!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work falls in the abstract expressionism genre. I paint intuitively, so I have no vision in mind when I start. I do try to harmonize quiet and bold space in my paintings, as it seems like such a reflection on life. I feel like people can really relate to dichotomies or balance. If I had to pick things I am excited about, it would be my drive with wanting to succeed, I have never wanted anything so badly. I started painting in 2018, so it has been a short journey, with many humbling experiences, but also liberating ones, all lessons, all meaningful. My life before I found painting went through extreme turmoil, I’d say the hardest couple years of my life. Since then, I am a different person, and I have to partly thank art for that. Finding this outlet and running with it, has been life altering, to say the least.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them on some of the amazing hikes in the area, there are endless breathtaking trails around here. Pearl Street in Boulder would be a must, catching some of the local food spots along the way. The Trident for books and coffee, Sweet Cow for ice cream, Hapa for sushi, Southern Sun for beer! I do love a lot of the breweries in Denver as well. Art galleries and breweries in Denver would be a must for sure. Space Gallery, Epic Brewery…

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family and their endless support and love. My husband, for his support and help. He has helped me immensely with the things that people don’t see – transporting to and from shows, being a backboard for my thoughts and desires when it comes to painting.

Website: blaisesimonelli.com

Instagram: @blaise_simonelli_art

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blaise.simonelli.3/

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