Instant friendship and connection.
In late 2016, after connecting on social media for years, we met in real life at a tea shop in Lakewood, CO. Julia brought her squirmy toddler, Jess came from work, but our connection was instant — we both knew we would be great friends. Talking art, coffee, parenting and business over several months, we brainstormed ideas about how to get our work out there. We cheered each other on with each art sale and client contract, encouraging each other’s growth as artists and entrepreneurs.
We noticed that many of our creative colleagues were struggling with managing the business side of their work. Art school helped sharpen artistic voices but often ignored the business side of being a creative. Resources that were tailored for service-based businesses or traditional careers were not cutting it for artists, designers, gallerists and photographers that we knew. After attending Denver Startup Week in 2017, we observed the need in the Denver community for entrepreneurship training specifically targeting creative businesses and decided to launch artboss in late 2017. And here we are.
An artist, an entrepreneur.
I’ve worn a lot of hats in my career. From working in commercial and academic galleries, to teaching at some of the biggest colleges and universities in Colorado, to social media consulting and management for small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have done a lot. But, I see myself as an artist first and foremost.
In 2009, I shifted focus from an academic teaching career to that of creative entrepreneur. As a working artist, I learned a ton along the way as I sought my own niche as an abstract artist.
My exhibition record spans nearly 20 years and includes shows at galleries, museums and non-profit spaces throughout the country. My work is included in numerous private and corporate collections and is represented by galleries nationally as well as the lifestyle brand Serena & Lily. In addition to creating art, I also curate exhibitions and write about artists for my blog, The Lovely View, and publications like Modern in Denver and Trouvé Magazine. I hold an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and a BFA in Painting from the University of Denver.
My love of art is equaled only by my love of coffee, yoga and skiing. I am a Colorado native, and live in the Denver metro area with my husband, two young children, and a very lazy cat.
You can see my work at juliarymer.com.
A painter. A communicator.
I never questioned my desire to be an artist — this has always served as an ever salient horizon in my life. I studied Fine Art at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and moved back to my native Colorado after graduating.
My curriculum vitae is peppered with gallery exhibitions from around the US. My large-scale mixed media paintings are part of collections worldwide — private and corporate. Several of my works are showcased in high-end resorts, hotels and spas around the country. Currently, my paintings are represented by several galleries around Colorado and New Mexico.
Alongside my art career, I co-founded the bustling 10-year-old creative boutique, (in)spiregraphics. Taking 15 years of marketing, design and copywriting experience in both public and private sectors (national and international), I’ve been able to seamlessly apply my background to the end goal of helping businesses — startup and established — ignite their professional goals.
When I’m not busy in the studio, I can be found hiking, snowboarding, backpacking, kayaking or embarking upon some sort of fantastic outdoor adventure with my husband, daughter and two Siberian Huskies.
My work can be viewed at jessicaloving.com