A Bird's-Eye View05/15/2023 09:07AM ● By Suzi Mitchell
From Steamboat Magazine Home Edition 2023
Artist Dedi Knox had never set foot in Steamboat Springs until her husband, David, called to say he’d bought a piece of land in North Routt during a visit to see friends in the 1990s. “Definitely a surprise, but it turned out to be one of the best things he did,” she says.
Set among a grove of aspens with views as far as the eye can see, the lookout spot is ideal for someone who often paints birds. Stellar jays, with their charcoal black and cobalt blue coloring, are frequent visitors, along with the couple’s three children and their families.
David Knox designed the property to have an Austrian feel, based on the couples’ travels across Europe when they lived overseas for three years. Built in Kalispell, Montana, each log was numbered, then the building was disassembled and brought to North Routt by truck. “There was nowhere to turn the truck at the property, so it was hoisted in by crane,” Dedi says. Once in situ, it was rebuilt.
Views flood the studio from every angle, including the lower-level bathroom, where a claw-foot bathtub begs to be wallowed in. In keeping with Dedi’s penchant for birds, the tub evades tradition with its quirky set of replica chicken feet.
Much of her inspiration comes from hours spent on the deck, where views of Hahns Peak dominate the landscape. “I’ve painted it so many times, and it always sells,” she says.
Dedi’s studio is a magnet, not only for family, but also for friends and neighbors. Over the years; she has held mini workshops and classes for painters of all ages and abilities. The Knox’s neighbor and dear friend Jeanne Lodwick says their locale and the people it attracts inspires creativity. “We enjoy a community of very kind and happy creators, which I think happens when the joy of life surrounds you,” she says.
Dedi, who shows her artwork at Pine Moon Fine Art in downtown Steamboat, is engrained in the community she adores. “I’m thankful to David all those years ago for buying this place on a whim – it’s where I love to be.”