As the summer approaches an end, it can be fun to start thinking about the fun crafts that keep us entertained during the long winter months. For those of us that are artistically inclined, one place you will want to visit in Creede, CO is the Quiller Gallery. Artist, owner and teacher Stephen Quiller is renowned for his work on color theory and watercolor media. His studio is open for classes, has artist supplies and his books for sale and of course pieces of his work for sale. He is best known for his innovative approach to watermedia painting: watercolor, gouche, acrylic, casein and their combinations, and for his use of color. He has written five books in the years from 1983 to 1999, including Color Choices, Acrylic Painting Techniques & Painter’s Guide to Color.
Quiller’s research and development of a color wheel for painters called the “Quiller Wheel” is now used by thousands of painters throughout the world. Similarly, he has painted subjects and locations all over the world, but enjoys most the picturesque Southern Colorado landscapes that make up his home. Quillers’ subjects include beaver ponds, snow shadows, water patterns and wild iris, which are the same natural wonders that our guests enjoy during their Dude Ranch vacations at 4UR.
Quiller is a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and Society for Painters in Acrylic and Casein, among others. In 1997, he received the Greathouse medal and cash award in the 130th American Watercolor Society exhibition.
Although he is not offering any workshops in Creede before the season ends here at 4UR ranch, taking a trip to the quaint town of Creede is a great activity on your family ranch vacation. Visit his workshop and take home a stunning piece of the San Juan mountains to remember your trip. Quiller does an amazing job at capturing the light on the landscape, and maybe a painting from his painting series will help you remember the relaxing moments by the creek during your Fly Fishing vacation.