Landscapes in Colorado features the efforts of artists who have used the state's natural beauty as inspirations for their paintings and photographs. Art curator Ann Daley selected the artists. Some lived in Colorado only briefly, while others have spent their entire careers in the state. Daley also provides an essay linking each artist to the impressive history of Colorado, where for over a century painters and photographers have been attracted to its magnificent views and its crisp, clear light. Art critic Michael Paglia provides a profile of each of the artists. In writing about them, he takes into account key experiences in their development, as well as analyzing their varying styles, the techniques they embrace, and places them in the broader context of landscape art. The artists found in ""Landscapes of Colorado"" display a wide range of aesthetic approaches from neotraditional to contemporary realist. ""Landscapes of Colorado"" is an overview of the rich vein of contemporary art in Colorado.
Ann Scarlett Daley, associate curator for the Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, has been associated with the Museum since 1977. She has organized exhibitions such as the "Late Work of Frederic Remington" and written extensively on Western American art, including Sweet on the West: How Candy Built a Colorado Treasure. She served as the inaugural curator of the Coors Western Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Western Stock Show. Michael Paglia has a vast knowledge of Colorado art from years of writing, teaching, and speaking. A prominent art critic, since 1995 he has had a regular art column in Westword, a Denver-weekly owned by Village Voice Media.