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September 2013
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Denver Lawyers’ Arts and Literature Contest: Painting Winner James “Jay” Breese (Watercolor), "Gonna Be a Good Day"

Jay  BreeseGonna Be a Good Day


ames "Jay" Breese, a judge in Denver County Court, has served on the bench for 26 years. He has enjoyed painting all his life. While he did not formally study art in school, he has taken classes at the Art Student League and with many local artists over the years. His work has been featured in galleries in Georgetown, Evergreen, Estes Park, and Denver. Breese said he enjoys painting with watercolors for their "spontaneity and freshness." He often paints on location. Other times, he works from the photos he takes of the spectacular scenery he enjoys while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and other Colorado areas. On discussing his passion for art, Breese said, "Like any good pastime, art takes me away from my regular work. It is like a vacation that refreshes and rejuvenates me." Breese’s painting "Gonna Be a Good Day" is a transparent watercolor of a scene near Breckenridge. He explained the reddish brown beetle killed trees provide warm colors to an otherwise crisp and cold winter scene.

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