Mountain Arts Festival this weekend

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From photographing trees and barns in Indiana to turning her lens on landscapes and wildlife in Colorado, Tina Rodholm of Woodland Park has found a new source of inspiration.

“Once I came here I was struck by the beauty in Colorado and got more serious about my photography,” she said.

One of 80 artists in the annual Mountain Arts Festival Aug. 3 and 4, Rodholm sets herself apart with an unusual mounting procedure that gives a unique perspective to each piece.

The printed images on metallic paper adhere to a wooden plaque, she said.

“The photos are then sealed and coated so they’re protected and water-resistant, ready to hang on the wall,” she said. “The method gives a little more of a contemporary look versus the traditional glass and frame.”

Stepping lightly into the professional-photography field, three years ago Rodholm set up a website for online viewing of her work that captured more than enough eyes.

“That was my determining factor to decide if I wanted to enter art shows,” she said.

Since that time she has shown her work around the state, including the Pikes Peak Arts Fest in Colorado Springs last month. “My mom, Darlene Kujawski, helps me,” Rodholm said. “Shows are a lot of work and I couldn’t do them without her.”

For the Mountain Arts Festival, Rodholm is preparing photographs from a summer trip to the Tetons, Glacier and Yellowstone parks and Banff, Canada.

“In the Tetons, I saw three grizzlies, a bald eagle and two moose and a calf, all in one day,” she said. “It was the best day ever; amazing.”

Rodholm, who works at home as the project manager for a software company is, at times, lucky enough to meld the two occupations.

“I’ve had the occasion when I’ve been at work to see a bear walking up the road, so I grab the camera, snap some photos and go back to work,” she said.

Rodholm titles her business “His Beautiful Canvas,” which reflects her sense of spirituality as the essence of her photography. “My philosophy is that God paints this beautiful image in front of me and I get the opportunity to capture the pictures,” she said. “That’s been the underlying theme for my work.”

The Mountain Arts Festival is from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 on the green at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.