My Name Is: Parke Covarrubias of Castle Rock

Artist moved often in military family, found home in Castle Rock

Posted 9/12/17

I grew up in an Air Force family. My dad was one of the “Great Generation” and flew during WWII. He stayed in the Air Force and we lived in many states as well as Alaska and Taiwan. My mother was a commercial artist and continued …

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My Name Is: Parke Covarrubias of Castle Rock

Artist moved often in military family, found home in Castle Rock

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About me

I grew up in an Air Force family. My dad was one of the “Great Generation” and flew during WWII. He stayed in the Air Force and we lived in many states as well as Alaska and Taiwan. My mother was a commercial artist and continued painting her whole life, so I was exposed to art early. We lived in Colorado Springs during my middle and high school years so I fell in love with the mountains and skiing. I attended CU Boulder with English and art majors. After working on Capitol Hill for two years, I married into the Air Force and kept on moving. My late husband was transferred to Venezuela so I learned Spanish living there for three years. I decided to teach and picked English, later getting a master’s in ESL. I taught in Denver, Littleton, and then was the ESL coordinator for Douglas County schools from 2000-2010.

Settling in Castle Rock

As a child I sometimes regretted moving so often, but as an adult I enjoyed the different locations and cultures. I learned to make friends quickly and valued the sense of community found within the military. I did dream of having a hometown where I felt I knew people and they knew me. I feel I have found that in Castle Rock and love the fact that the people in stores, banks, groceries, recreation center and churches know my name. For me that is a thrill, especially with such a difficult name.

Returning to painting

I always kept painting, but while working full-time I had very little time to practice. When I retired I joined the Castle Rock Art Guild and took classes and workshops. It has taken years to feel good about my painting. I am a member of the Heritage Art Guild in Littleton. St. Andrews Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch asked if any painters wanted to show their work at the church, so I was happy to be able to show 18 paintings in the church until Sept. 17.

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