Jade LaVarta is a Colorado artist and native who is inspired by the flora and fauna found throughout the Rocky Mountain wilderness. She uses numerous techniques and mediums to create her art; working with colored pencils, graphite, and wildfire charcoal, which is hand-foraged from various burn scars throughout the Colorado mountains.
Hello! I'm Jade.
I am a full time artist, dog mom, hiker and explorer residing in my home state of Colorado. As a child, I was raised in the southwest region of the Rocky Mountains, within the Uncompahgre and San Juan National forests. Growing up, my role model, and one of my main parental figures was my grandfather. He was a proud man with deep Spaniard/Puebloan ancestry, which showed through his personal artwork and through the way he honored and respected the environment and wildlife he encountered. Through this, I have been fortunate enough to have his knowledge and love for the natural world passed down through me. As a child, I didn't realize how vital this was to my own development, but now I am so grateful to have experienced his teachings.
Today, creating artwork is my way of reciprocating gratitude and appreciation for the gifts we receive from the earth every day. These gifts, whether they are delivered through the vegetables harvested from our gardens, foraged herbs and medicine from wild woods, or the gift of the animals and wildlife that we are so lucky to share this world with, are all so precious and sacred to us as humans regardless if we are aware of it or not.
When I'm not working on art, you can find me binge-watching my favorite true-crime series, cuddling with my pup, searching for peculiar taxidermy, or just traveling around Colorado exploring new places and terrain.
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