Artist / Art Instructor


Christa MacFarlane is attracted to the loose and fluid nature of acrylics on raw wood, as she paints native weeds, grasses and seeds, along with other unnoticed elements of nature. When she stops to admire these underappreciated Colorado gems, her medium and subject matter makes sense to her. She is reminded of her childhood memories—running through the wide-open spaces of Kansas. These experiences provided her with the freedom and opportunity to dream, explore and nurture her creativity—much like the process of her painting today. MacFarlane’s strong illustrative skills, honed from a young age, are revealed and loosely depicted when she incorporates water-soluble pastel into her paintings.

Once she obtained her BFA degree, MacFarlane established over twenty-five years combined experience as an interior designer, graphic artist and elementary-school art teacher. Eventually she was yearning to allow space in her life for personal creative reflection. While on a sabbatical in Europe, she resolved to move into a career as a professional artist. This time period of travel and experimenting has given way to new expressive qualities in her artwork.


Artist Statement

“Observing nature throughout the fields and trails of Colorado provides inspiration for my paintings and “hits close to home”—where I live and who I am. Native Colorado plants often represent a message or story reflecting my life, my philosophy on life or a snapshot of life itself. Adding symbolism and recognition to otherwise overlooked parts of nature intrigues me. Although the subject matter that I paint is often made up of the ordinary, it certainly challenges me to find a deeper meaning and this is what drives me to make a statement. My attraction to the loose and fluid nature of acrylics on raw wood makes sense as it relates to my expressive and explorative nature.” – Christa MacFarlane





BFA, Interior Design – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1986


Art & Design Professional Experience

Professional Artist, Denver CO, 2014-present
Commissioned Artist for a variety of clients, 1999-present
Graphic Artist:
    • CAE Link Flight Training, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ,
    • Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ, 1992
    • The Graphic Angle, Yuma, AZ, 1989-1991
Interior Designer:
    • Inside Designs, New Bern, NC, 1988-89 
    • Browning Brothers, Corpus Christi, TX, 1987-88 
    • HNTB-Howard Needles Tammen and Burgendoff
    (Engineering, Architectural, Design Firm), Kansas City, KS, 1986 


Teaching and Instruction

Facilitator for Adult Creative Art Workshops, Metro Denver, 2010-present
Art Instructor – Adult Drawing & Painting Classes:
    • Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO, 2017-present
    • Highlands Ranch Community Association, Highlands Ranch, CO, 2017-present
    • Craven Community College, New Bern, NC, 1994-1995
Director/Teacher – Art Enrichment Program, Cherry Hills Christian Elementary School, Highlands Ranch, CO 2005-2015
Elementary Art Teacher:
    • Cherry Hills Christian Elementary School, Highlands Ranch, CO
    • Gurganus Elementary, New Bern, NC, 1995-96


Professional Development

Art Students League of Denver – 2010-present
Kevin Weckbach and Quang Ho – Artist Workshops, 2018-2019
Michael Gadlin – Professional Artist/Mentor, 2013-present
Kathy Beekman & Aimee Deneweth – Professional Artist/Art Career Coach, 2014-2018


Other Art & Design Activities

Volunteer Artist, Healing Arts Program, Denver, CO, Assisting with Visual Arts Workshops for Adventist Hospital Cancer Support Groups, 2016
Volunteer Artist, Wellspring Community, Castle Rock, CO, Empowering the lives of adults with special needs by assisting them with making pottery, 2016
Volunteer Guest Artist, Denver Family Crisis Center, Denver CO, working with children housed in a temporary home for children experiencing an abusive or traumatic situation. 1998, 2002


Solo Show

2018 Contemporary Botanicals, Mad Greens-Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2017 Healing Arts Exhibit-Walk with Me, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, CO


One Woman Show

2015 Crossroads-A Passion 4 Causes, Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO


Two Woman Show

2019 Open Studio Spring In-Home Art Show, Highlands Ranch, CO
2017 Transformation-A Seasonal Experience, Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO



Juried Exhibits

2019 Rocky Mountain National Water-media exhibit, CAE, Evergreen, CO
2018 Amuse Yeux
, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2018 Gallery 1505, Spring Art Show, Denver, CO
2016 Healing Arts Exhibit, Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO
2015 50th Annual Own an Original, Littleton Museum,
Littleton, CO
2015 Lone Tree Art Expo, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO
2015 LAA National Fine Art Show, Louisville Art Association, Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville, CO
2014 All Colorado Show, Littleton Fine Arts Guild, Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO
2014 Artist’s Choice/Anniversary Show, Littleton Fine Arts Guild, Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO
2014 Masters as Mentors Show, Littleton Fine Arts Guild,
Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO
2013 Artistic Spirit Show, Littleton Fine Arts Guild,
Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO


Group Exhibits

2019 Open Studio Tour-Women of Steele, Greenwood Village, CO
2018 Open Studio Tour-Women of Steele,
Greenwood Village, CO
2017 Art Students League of Denver-Summer Art Market
, Denver, CO
2016 Art Students League of Denver-Summer Art Market, Denver, CO
2015 Art Students League of Denver-Big and Small Exhibit, Denver, CO 2014 Angel Share Wine Bar, Roxborough, CO
2014 Roxborough Art Gallery, Roxborough, CO
2014 Angel Share Wine Bar, Roxborough, CO
2013 Open Studio/Open House, Highlands Ranch, CO
2013 Kaleidoscope Design Studio & Gallery, Littleton, CO


Awards and Grants

Merit Award for Artistic Achievement– Louisville Art Association National Fine Art Show, Louisville, CO, 2015
Teachers Grant – traveling abroad studying art and architecture in Italy, 2011
First Place Screen Print Award – ASLD Art Educators Workshop, Denver CO, 2010
Scholarship awarded: New York Parsons School of Design 1981, NYC, New York and University of Kansas
National Art Award (Gold Key) – 1980



July 2016 5280 -The Denver Magazine, magazine, section Special Advertising, Ad by Outnumbered Gallery, image, page 153
Dec 3, 2015 Littleton Independent, newspaper, section Local Life, heading “Unappreciated Nature Gets its Due in Artworks”, bylined article and images, page 16
November 5, 2015 The Villager, newspaper, section Fleurish,
Ad by Outnumbered Gallery, image, page 10


Public Art Collections

Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO


Private Collections

Throughout the state of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Georgia and the country of Norway



Art Students League of Denver, Denver CO, 2008-present
Colorado Watercolor Society, Denver CO, 2014-present
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 2014-present