Craig artist Nini Shroyer recipient of the best artist award in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest, displays two of her most recent works. Shroyer, 53, has been painting for more than 30 years, with her work in canvas and murals on display at numerous places in Craig.

Photo by Michelle Balleck

Craig artist Nini Shroyer recipient of the best artist award in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest, displays two of her most recent works. Shroyer, 53, has been painting for more than 30 years, with her work in canvas and murals on display at numerous places in Craig.

Art everywhere through these eyes: Moffat County’s best artist sees the world in a different light

A splash of red, a scribble of green, a speck of purple.

That’s how some might see a painting if they stared at it from an inch away.

Local artist Nini Shroyer views it in reverse.

Shroyer, winner of best artist in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest, paints according to how she views the world, in terms of color, and how it forms objects in reality.

“You go through all these directions of different taste, different styles of artwork, different things to paint and ways to express whatever it is you’re trying to say,” she said.

Shroyer, 53, has painted since she was 17, sometimes in the form of murals and other times on a canvas. She said she has lost count of how many works of art she has created in her life.

So much so, she doesn’t bother to name them any more.

Some of her paintings show true-to-life depictions, like a collage of classic cars. Others are more layered, such as a picture of a wolf with a head that is formed from smaller wolves.

Shroyer said she keeps attention to detail in her works that are scattered around Craig, commissioned by various businesses, including Mathers Bar, the Golden Cavvy, and the Community Budget Center, among others.

She has also worked on portraits and various other art projects.

“I try to pick up on what the vibes are that they’re sending out because it gives me a hint of what they’d like,” she said. “Pretty soon, it starts clicking into your head.”

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