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Featured Community Members - Adrienne DeLiso and Flash Corbisier - Photographers

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There is a concern – a sincerity and attention – involved in the way Adrienne DeLiso and Flash Corbisier speak, listen, and take photographs. They are the team behind 1881 Western Photography CO.

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Both Adrienne and Flash have unique backgrounds. Adrienne’s father was a professional photographer who specialized in ballet, so photography has been a part of her life from the beginning. She herself has twenty years of experience as a professional, and if you ask her about photographing whales or other wildlife, her eyes will light up. Flash has experience as a painter, graphic designer, animator, art director, and has been shooting professional shots for almost a decade. Both of them are passionate about capturing equine culture. They appreciate the range of expression - from the roughest of cowboys to the most carefully groomed and trained horses. For the past eight years, 1881 has been specializing in equine photography. Adrienne and Flash study different riders and horses in earnest. “Horses are some of the most beautiful animals in the world,” says Adrienne with a glow. Really – these images say more than I can hope to about the quality of their work. These eight photos represent the more artistic side of what they do, but it’s just the tip of an iceberg. If you come to The Ranch, you will also get to enjoy the personalized images that they capture of you and your horse. They will get you in different moments so that you can create the perfect scrapbook of your time here riding with us. If you are as awed by their artistic images as I am, you can purchase them when you visit The Ranch or at their website: www.1881wpc.com.

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Featured Community Member - Christina Smith

Christina Smith has returned to The Ranch to oversee and engage the little ones of Pony Express and on-ranch/resident artist. She is charming and calming with a depth of spirit that entices everyone, especially children. Christina nurtures creativity by encouraging children to engage with natural art projects, express movement, and write poems and stories. She has been an artist in various capacities for many years, including her work as an elementary teacher. She likes to remind her students that “there are no mistakes in art” and that true art is “a living force that can be expressed in a multitude of ways.” This kind of open appreciation and curiosity is central to Christina’s being and anyone in her presence gets to enjoy the benefits of it. On a more personal level, as an artist, contrast is the thing that Christina enjoys most about this place. Depending on the season, the time of day, and the weather, the architecture and colors of the landscape express themselves differently. And the contrast of the landscape itself is incredibly versatile; the Durango area is a special place because, here, the great mountains meet the desert, so one moment you can be in a dry mesa, and the next moment you can be in a “fairy-filled, lush forest.” Christina continues to create art, describing herself as an “abstract expressionist.” She just finished a series of small paintings; “little poems,” she calls them. Christina believes there is a profound connection between art and nature and, with a shimmer in her eyes, says, “The natural world here is so very grand.”

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                                                                                                  -Airica Parker

 

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