We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis Krause and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travis, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As an artist I have a mission that I serve. It provides value to my clients above and beyond the art! My mission is simple and born of my own life experiences. Some of these experiences were traumatic and some were joyful, but more importantly they lead me to know why I create art. We are all more powerful than we know! Sometimes the grime of daily life kind of covers that up, or encourages us to “forget” our personal strength. My artwork celebrates and reminds my clients of times and relationships that reveal and restore their personal power!
We are all stronger and more powerful than we know. I love getting to know my clients and what brings this power to the surface so I can capture it in a painting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My favorite task is to get to know a client and what feeds their strength and power. Then I take that conversation into the studio and turn it into a painting that helps step out the door and put their best foot forward! I also spend time designing apparel for the outdoorsman.
My path to becoming a painter has been paved by my strong creative curiousity….. and certainly not my innate talent. So let’s rewind a bit. During my public education, I had some excellent and sub-par experiences in art classes. The one thing I always wanted was to be able to draw realistically. But alas, during my last years of public schooling no could or would teach me. Fortunately, I found ceramics…. which I completely sucked at during my first 2 years of effort. It was so frustrating, because I am usually pretty skilled with physical crafts. Eventually, after mountains of struggles I could command the clay and developed a keen sense of craftsmanship. Then I found my work lacking and once again was driven to draw and paint to enhance the clay surfaces. Fortunately, I found what I was looking for and did some self study and then taught with some amazing teachers at Rangeview High Schools. I could draw!!! Eventually, drawing and painting fueled my artistic desires and I was trained to paint murals. I was fortunate to paint with Meg Saligman and Ella Yates on one of the biggest murals in the country at that time. I absolutely fell in love with all things creative which had to do with painting and just had to scale them to sizes that would fit out the door of my studio…. interesting side note…. I’m slightly colorblind and I’m sure that informs my use of color.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are going for a hike up a river to fish in RMNP. I love flyfishing and many of my friends do too.
We are eating at the Rio Grande and Luna’s Tacos.
We are mixing some cocktails at my home bar!
Then we are road tripping to hot springs, either Mt. Princton, Glenwood or Steamboat. Since we’re there, we are going to connect with some of the best fishing guides in the Rockies!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a handful of amazing mentors, some may want to be named, some may not. I would like to dedicate this to Daniel Augenstein, Timothy Sheehan, Ann Rea, Robert Burridge and Sarah Augenstein. Sarah is my biggest fan of fans and super supporter. Without all of my collectors and clients my work would be empty… so thank you to all of my supporters along my journey.