About Me

I’ve had a life-long passion for the arts.    From an early age, my granddaughter, Fred Neher, a nationally syndicated cartoonist in the 50’s & 60’s, encouraged me to develop my own artistic talents.  My passion for art drives everything I do, often in new and unique ways.   Years ago,  I used that artistic talent as a gold medal figure skater.  Later, after earning my degree in Speech Communications from the University of Hawaii, I became an elementary school teacher, leveraging my love of the arts to help students find their own creative muse.  Even my time working at the Denver Botanic Gardens allowed me to add a special touch to weddings and other events.

Now working in partnership with Bonny Lhotka at DASS ART, I leverage both my artistic sense and my experience as a teacher to bring new processes and techniques to a wider audience.  As I experiment and explores, I enjoy pushing the processes in new ways and expressing my own artistic voice.  I combine my love for nature, rich organic forms, and vibrant photographic imagery with both digital and studio techniques to create unique works, that reflect many varied experiences from my life.

I live in Colorado with my husband and horse.  I can be reached at [email protected] or www.carrielhotka.com.