Lucy Strupp, Denver, Colorado

Plein Air Artist, Graphic Designer and Business Owner

I was influenced by light, color, and atmosphere early in my life as I worked and lived above my family owned bakery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I always had a passion for deep observation, whether it was in the warm atmospheric environment of the bakery or in the outdoors.

My father influenced my creative side by training me in the art of baking, cake decorating, and bakery management, but he also taught me the importance of being a vital part of the neighborhood and community through his volunteerism.

I became a professional graphic designer after I earned a degree in commercial art at Milwaukee Area Technical College. I studied Fine Art with a focus on oil painting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and I earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from The Women’s College of the University of Denver.

I was a partner in a marketing firm in northern Wisconsin and later moved the agency to Milwaukee when I purchased the business from my business partners. My practice brought me to Colorado where I worked in several creative services and marketing roles at a variety of businesses. I traveled frequently for my consulting work in marketing to all parts of the mid-west, heartland, and even north to Alaska. My travels in marketing increased my desire to paint the areas I visited, and I grew anxious to paint more than I could while I was working.

Throughout the years, my career in graphic design, marketing, and business kept me busy, but it also left me little time for painting. Over the years I incorporated my love of creativity in business strategies as well as graphic design. Now, finally I am fully focused on bringing together my love of the outdoors, art and travel through Plein Air painting and I continue to offer marketing services to artists and other passionate entrepreneurs.

Education:
University of Denver – The Women’s College – Bachelor Degree in Business Administration – 1997
Attended University of Colorado at Denver – Fine Arts 1990-1991
Attended University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Fine Arts with a Minor in Painting 1972 – 1975
Milwaukee Area Technical College – Associate Degree in Commercial Art – 1972

Membership & Participation:
Art Students League of Denver
Plein Air Artists of Colorado (PAAC)

Participated in the Annual Plein Air Artists Events & Annual Convention
2019 – Fall Color Week Plein Air Adventure – Ghost Ranch, NM
2019 – Plein Air Art Festival – Loveland, CO
2019 – Foothills Art Center – Golden Festival of Art – Golden
2018 – Littleton Plein Air Festival – Littleton, CO
2018 – Plein Air Conference – Santa Fe, NM
2017 – Littleton Plein Air Festival
2017 – Plein Air Conference – San Diego, CA
2016 – Littleton Plein Air Festival
2016 – Plein Air Conference – Tucson, AZ
2015 – Plein Air Conference – Monterey, CA
2013 – Plein Air Conference – Monterey, CA
2012 – Plein Air Conference – Las Vegas, NV

Honors:
2019 – Golden Festival of Art – Honorable Mention for her painting ” 12th Avenue Blues”
2018 – Two paintings accepted at the juried “35th Annual All Colorado Art Show” held at The Depot Gallery – Littleton, Colorado. Paintings selected: “In Georgia’s Shadow” and “Deep Woods, Warm Path”
2017 – Littleton Plein Air Festival – Honorable Mention for her painting “Hudson Gardens – Busy Bees”
2016 – Littleton Plein Air Festival – Honorable Mention for her painting “Busy Corner”
1974 – University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point juried show – “Foozball Addicts – a Self-Portrait”