2023 Featured Artist

Todd Perkins

For Todd, art is all about inspiration and literally putting that inspiration into someone’s hands. The word ‘art’ comes from an ancient Indo-European language that means ‘to fit together.’ By taking found items and other ephemera, he likes to create guitar sculptures which have the ability to form a connection with someone through art and music.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Todd has lived in Colorado since 2001. After owning a successful home improvement business for nine years, he decided to combine his desire to work for himself and his ability to build things into a new creative medium – making custom guitar art out of license plates and other unique materials. He hopes to create art with which people can feel an instant attachment.

In his Denver-based studio, Todd creates unique guitar art in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function to create a one of a kind sculpture. For the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Todd wanted to create a unique piece of art that embodied everything the city of Ridgeland has to offer. By using screenshots of different aspects of current life there, he incorporated those into a one of a kind, vintage-looking postcard, reminiscent of the late 1940s and early 1950s. In those days, this type of postcard was called ‘Large Letter’ which was a postcard that had the name of a place shown as a series of very large letters, inside of each of which is a picture of that locale.

"I am thrilled and honored to be the featured artist at this year's Art, Wine and Wheels event. The hospitality and support is top notch and I'm so happy to be invited back to the 2023 Festival!”

Featured Artwork 2023