About the Artist
Grace Noel is an artist and native Chicana of Colorado specializing in painting and printmaking with a spiritual and social justice theme. Noel’s artwork is mixed media and tells a narrative of the adventurous and magical side of reality on Spaceship Earth through the character Hawk. She combines wood block and screen-printing for her prints, and her paintings start with a drawing burned into wood, painted with watercolor, sealed with acrylic, then oil paint, and encaustic paint, with sequins and gold leaf to finish. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Noel received her start as an artist at Boulder High school winning many competitions in first and second place. She continued her art education at Oregon State University specializing in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking. In 2011, Noel received the Provost Award for her encaustic painting along with her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Oregon State University, Magna Cum Laude.
Currently, Noel’s artwork is on display at the Denver Art Society: 734 Santa Fe Dr, Denver CO, where she also has her studio. The Denver Art Society is a skills-based education nonprofit and artist cooperative. The mission of the Denver Art Society is to collectively host a creative community where people of all ages can learn, view, and exhibit art in all forms. Denver Art Society is a Do It Yourself community run entirely by volunteers, from a newest member to the Executive Director. Noel was the Executive Director of the Denver Art Society Jan 2017-2018. Thank you for your time and patronage.
Color, imagination, multi-dimensional travel, and more! Follow the Adventures of Hawk as she discovers the intricacies of her world through the Universe. The setting is our mother Earth and Hawk has a unique ability of sight and flight; she can navigate all of the myths and folklore everyone sees but may or may not believe. When she was young, she saw all sorts of creatures and energies, happenings of the magical and spiritual nature! As her wings were still small, she lacked the confidence in her vision, and dismissed her gift. It is with the guidance of her teacher sri Shambavananda, a holy man, and all her friends and family, that she gained the confidence to learn to see.
With time her wings grew, offering her the ability to flow with the wind, soar to the highest peaks, and glide above and below the water. Her vision offered her a clearer understanding of her environment and the energies that exist in it. She realized no matter what, she was equipped for any adventure!
Allow these paintings to speak their tale, narrating the story of Hawk, and find that it may relate to your own. Each painting is made to last the test of time, crafted with archival materials that will not photo degrade. The wood panels are handcrafted from carefully selected plywood and pine. Then, images are drawn, wood burned, and painted with watercolor. Then the image is sealed with gel medium followed by applications of oil paint and encaustic paint, not to forget a dash of glitter, sparkles, and gold leaf to complete the work of art.
Wait, wait, there’s more! The Adventures of Hawk meets printmaking! Screen printing takes layering, planning, and imagination to the next level. Each layer blends with one another to create the color pallet so unique to this series. While each woodblock print is designed as a sacred space, designating the creation of both malign and benign forces that shape Hawk world.
Now please, sit, ponder, enjoy. These paintings and prints are made from my heart, passion, and joy.