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  • Writer's pictureLisa DuBois

Sometimes Life Takes a Detour

A lot of people ask me how long I've been painting. The answer is, I've been an artist all my life. As a child, I often loved drawing horses and girls. I studied art all through high school. I have a bachelor's degree in Art from Baker University. During college, I began working in graphic design... before computers. I continued in graphic design and celebrated when our organization bought our first Apple computer. Halleluia for Adobe Illustrator! As a side job, I also began working in a frame shop.

And then I took a detour.

At 25, I decided to get a "real" job. It was a great career in so many ways.

At the time, it didn't seem like a detour; it seemed like I finally had a "real" job. I became an air traffic controller. For the next 25 years, I worked alongside amazing people as we kept the skies safe, and brought you safely home. During my career, I rarely ventured into my creative side, except for the occasional caricature for someone's retirement party.

Two years before my own retirement, I knew that God was calling me back to art. I took a couple of classes at a local art school to brush up on my skills. When I retired in 2015, at the young age of 50, I jumped back into art. But where to land? It was refreshing, but confusing. I loved doing so many things; I didn't know how to focus.

Finally, in 2020, I surrendered to doing the thing that I love: drawing and painting people, specifically faces. (Sometimes we tell ourselves a lie... that no one will want the thing that we love to create. Don't believe it; it's not true.) This weekend you can see some of them at my home studio during the Loveland Art Studio Tour and Sale. Click this link for the address to my studio and all the others too.

pastel painting of Robby Steinhardt, a man with red hair and beard, as he plays violin for the group Kansas.
Portrait of Robby Steinhardt, violinist for Kansas, in acrylic and pastel

And... speaking of detours!

There will be a little (HUGE) air show this weekend at the Loveland airport just north of my house. You might get to see the Blue Angels flying overhead! The show begins at 9am. There will be detours in place because of the show. The biggest impact will be Boyd Lake Ave will be closed. You can still get into my neighborhood from Highway 34 or from the Target shopping area. I will post signs to guide you.

13th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour and Sale Sign with colorful handprint
Follow the signs to find my house in High Plains Village (just west of Target)

As a former air traffic controller, I love the combination of an art show and air show!

The best time to visit me will be around noon and early afternoon while the air show is in full swing. Or, if you happen to live in High Plains Village or the Lakes at Centerra, just walk or bike over! The weather forecast is beautiful for this weekend ☀️

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Christine James
Christine James
Oct 13, 2021

Such an interesting article! Love how all the art and airplanes tied together from your career history right into this weekend. Ooh I think there’s something going on here!? 🙌🏻 Relating to your comment about thinking people won’t like our Art, just today after receiving some amazing compliments on my music (you know about this!) and a subsequent order of 5 CDs I thought, “It’s so sweet of people to buy my CDs, they really don’t have to…they are just trying to be nice lol 😂 . So looking forward to joining your beautiful tour again this weekend!

Lisa DuBois
Lisa DuBois
Oct 13, 2021
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Such a great example of the all-too-often lie that tries to creep into our thoughts about our art (be it visual art, musical art, dance, whatever). I used to think that when a friend bought my art that they were just being “nice”. I longed for a stranger to buy my art. Now that I’ve had both friends and strangers buy my art, I appreciate them both and I have to say it makes me so happy to know that a friend loves my art. And furthermore, I am also totally fine when friends don’t buy my art!

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