Hello! My name is Nisty Tharp and I am an artist and art educator. Currently I am in the Masters of Education: Teacher Licensure program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I just obtained my Colorado Teacher’s License to teach K-12 Art, woo! Throughout my artistic career I have conducted art lessons specifically in drawing, painting, printmaking and pottery. In my spare time, I create art using various mediums such as watercolor pencils and acrylic paint. My artistic themes include portraits, animals, and nature.
I started drawing when I was 5 years old in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. I have loved drawing, painting, and creating ever since. I attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where I received a BA in Studio Art and a BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts. I have worked as an art instructor at various camps, at a Boys and Girls club, as well as at the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, Colorado. I have shown my artwork in various businesses and art spaces around the Front Range in Colorado. I currently create commission artworks for businesses, friends, family, and whoever inquires for a piece of art.
I appreciate the process of creating an artwork. It fosters important life skills such as creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, visualization and more. It grants an avenue to see the world in a different way. I fully agree with what Thomas Merton states, “art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I make art for all the positive benefits it provides, and I want to share that creative positivity with the people around me, especially my students.