all images © spencer mahaffey lightfoot 2017

watercolor mosaic artist paonia artist rainbow artist

About me

Having grown up surrounded by art and artists, I really had little choice. I have been painting, drawing, building, gluing and glittering since I can remember. The majority of my paintings are watercolors, graphic elements or abstracted iconic images reconstructed into color driven mosaics. Sometimes there are secrets and words hidden within the works...sometimes not. I hope that each viewer looks closely and finds their own meaning. 

I have been painting seriously for about 20 years, my style developing and morphing into its current form over time. I have found that watercolor is my favorite medium to work in, mostly because I am too impatient for acrylics and oils. The technique I have refined is very meditative for me, and much cheaper than therapy. My subject matter changes frequently, affected by and reflective of what is happening in my world at the time. It has ranged greatly from hearts and skulls, to abstracted landscapes, to nudes, to jellyfish and unicorns. As I move in to the next chapter of my life I'm sure it will evolve again.

As much as I love to paint, I sometimes get distracted by other mediums. I have more beads than I can count, glitter for days and a pile of yard sale furniture just waiting to be repurposed into the ultimate Pinterest project. All in all, I am just a "maker" and I have a family full of "makers" as well.  I can't imagine a life that didn't involve creating something. 

 

Education
Arizona State University- B.A. Art Studies

 

Selected Shows

2019 Women of the Valley

The Cirque Paonia

2019 Rock. Paper. Feathers.

Needlerock, Paonia, Colorado

2018 Feathers. Petals. Scales.

Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, Colorado

2018 Creature Feature

Blue Sage Gallery, Paonia, Colorado

2017 AquaChroma

The Cirque, Paonia, Colorado

2016 Artists of the Blue Sage Invitational

Blue Sage Gallery, Paonia, Colorado

2016 Farm to Fiddle Festival Juried Exhibition

The Creamery, Hotchkiss, Colorado

2015 Mahaffey Squared

Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona

2012 Contemporary Mosaics

White Hills Gallery, Camp Verde, Arizona 

2012 MarinMOCA Invitational

MarinMOCA, Novato, California

2011 Arizona Centennial Show

Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Arizona

2010 Mosaics

Duley Jones Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2009 Pattern Generation

Duley Jones Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2006 Heart Exhibition

Paper Heart, Phoenix, Arizona

2003-2006 Dia de los Muertos Annual Exhibition
Vision Gallery, Chandler, Arizona