An original 1940s oil painting by Colorado artist, Zola Zaugg over looking the city of Colorado Springs and the surrounding mountains. Presented in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 22 ¼ x 28 inches. Image size is 18 x 23 ¾ inches. Provenance: Estate of the artist Born and raised in Missouri, Zola received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hardin College Conservatory. In 1916, she married Frederick C. Zaugg, and the two lived and raised a family of two children in Colorado Springs. Her husband was a dentist, and the couple was considered a part of the respectable upper class. Her position in society is also evidenced by her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Zola became a member of the Colorado Springs Art Guild in the 1940s, the decade of its gradual formation. This period coincides with her emergence onto the local art scene, after her children had grown. Her first showing was at the La Hacienda room at the Antlers Hotel. A reporter wrote at the time: “I believe she has painted every day even though she hasn’t touched a brush.” Esteemed by her colleagues, she was given a one-person show at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. For this exhibit, Zola provided an artist statement in which she stressed the importance of an artist expressing their own inner being, and she quotes her favorite line of Walt Whitman: “to sing what belongs to you and none else.” At this time, she was encouraged by artist Charles Ragland Bunnell, a fellow Missourian connected to the Broadmoor Art Academy. He was beginning to change his style from a stylized regionalism to an increasingly abstract approach to painting. In her statement, Zola suggests, “…one should not censure a public which fails to respond to extreme forms of abstract art which it does not comprehend,” and she goes on to assert that the artist should maintain “some semblance to known objects” so that a “connection of some thought may be established between observer and artist.” From that point forward, Zola became a well-known contributor to the Colorado Springs art community. She began to exhibit beyond Colorado Springs, including venues in Denver — often grouped with other artists — and in her hometown of Mexico, Missouri. Zola also taught free-hand drawing and sketching in addition to oil painting. Known primarily for her portraits and landscapes, she garnered attention for her paintings of old Colorado City landmarks. Later in her life, she moved to Northglenn, Colorado.
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