Ken Bailey is a former Rangely resident who lived in the oilfield town during his Junior- and Senior-High School years in the 1960's, and still regards Rangely as his favorite hometown. A cartoonist by hobby since early grade-school, Ken is also a longtime fan and historian of the Rangely Oil Field, especially the period from the end of the boom years to around 1980. He is married and lives in Wisconsin, and two comic books from the series featuring his current action hero, "The Mighty EnergyGirl," have been set in a fictionalized version of Rangely.
photo by Bill Mitchem,1972
Heather Zadra: Feature Writer
Heather Zadra is a writer, educator and mom of three boys. She earned degrees in English Literature and taught rhetoric before returning to her hometown of Rangely to convince college students why writing matters. A lover of the high desert, Netflix documentaries, highly caffeinated beverages and the Denver Broncos, Heather dreams of writing full-time in the abstract and writes on the fringes of all the other things in reality.
Jasmine DeFreitas: Feature Writer and Blogger
Jasmine is a constant whirlwind with many hats, she’s often somewhere different every day unless it’s a Friday or a Saturday where you will find her “doing all the things” for Elizabeth Robinson Studio. A writer, who also runs Nestwood, who helps her husband with his remodel business and a substitute at the schools in Rangely, she’s rarely still. Writing has been a hobby and a passion of hers for many years, and she enjoys reaching out and getting to know individuals, with an insatiable wish for knowledge she’s always asking questions.
Elizabeth Robinson Wiley: Creator, Editor
Elizabeth Robinson is aCeramic Artist, Designer, Arts Advocate, Community Organizer, Business-woman, Wife and Mother. Her studio is located in Rangely, CO, an isolated town in the high desert mesa country of Northwestern Colorado. Elizabeth has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, is a Creative Entrepreneur and an internationally recognized ceramic artist, whose artwork is represented in galleries nationwide and included in numerous invitational exhibitions and works with a clients and customers locally and across the country. Though she wears many hats, her work is always centered around the intimacy of home, domestic rituals, it's intersection with community and the public sphere, and the construction of identity. Having moved every 3 years until she settled in Rangely at the age of 33, where she married and brought home her babies, the concept and reality of finally being HOME is an intense and powerful motivator in her creative and community life. With Home on the Rangely, she wishes to pay tribute, and contribute, to the unexpected place she finally planted roots.
Kerissa Taylor: Blogger and Columnist
You cannot draw water from an empty well.
Kerissa Taylor is a long time enthusiast of people and self love. She enjoys the thrill of watching peoples lives improve and finding joy in their own journey.
Kerissa has studied health for body, mind, and soul for 10+ years, knows the value of self care, and is passionate about pursuing her dreams.
Mother of 5. Wife of a babe. Lover of food, health, horses, family, and God. Budding Rancher, Family Herbalist, Essential Oil Enthusiast, Fitness Student, Business Developer, Mother Mentor.
Samantha Wade: Tank Corespondant, Blogger
I am a Rangely native and also known as the "Guardian" of the Sonic Arts Center called the Tank. I love to sing and am currently also being trained in sound recording. I also have a passion for modeling. Most of my time, I spend with family or my precious cat Blackie. I believe in self-expression, and respecting life. Don't expect to recognize me by my hair color, because it changes quickly and without warning.
Cherise Cardin: Portrait Photographer
Cherise is a wedding and portrait photographer located in Rangely, CO. A travel junkie she has recently shot in Nevada, Montana and Oregon, and is always excited for new locations! She has had work published in Ethereal Art Magazine and is looking forward to being featured in a few upcoming publications as well. Wherever she is, she looks forward to capturing life's exciting moments!
A devoted wife, mother, and community member, Cherise also loves to give back. In 2013 she volunteered to host a photo booth at Harvest Bowls Festival as well as photograph the event. She is always wanting to be more involved in the community and in charities especially when it comes to children and loves to make a difference in people's lives. You can see why we like having her involved in projects at the Studio!
Jim VanWagoner: photographer
Jim, currently a Chevron employee, has worked in the oil fields for 20 years. I have lived in Rangely, Colorado for 8 years and the scenery is what I love here. Photography is my hobby and with the perfect lighting, the oilfield scenery is as beautiful as any other! Jim is the photographer behind the cover photo of our inagural issue of Home on the Rangely!
Marie’s mission is to empower seniors against ageism by providing information they need to keep control of their own lives. She enjoys helping seniors make the best decisions for their lives in an ever-changing world. She is the woman behind the ElderImpact helm.