Loveland artist finds inspiration, business in flowers

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Loveland artist finds inspiration, business in flowers

Annalise Lundeen, left, owner of the new Annalise the Amaranth flower shop at 342 E. Fourth St. in downtown Loveland, and employee and friend Carleen Holmes, holding Lundeen’s dog, June Hamburger, pose for a photo in the store Thursday. (Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald) The daughter of two of Loveland’s best-known bronze sculptors, who is an artist in her own right, has launched a business that employs a slightly less weighty medium than the one her parents chose. Annalise Lundeen owns Annalise the Amaranth, a flower shop at 342 E. Fourth St. in downtown Loveland that she describes as “a living gallery and floral design studio.” “It’s a full-service florist. We do weddings and events and deliveries,” she said, “and we sell local gifts and things. “I’m an artist, and this is my medium that I’m pursuing currently. It’s a real art form,” she said. Lundeen, a graduate of Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, earned a degree in fashion and textile design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. “I worked as a graphic designer. I still love to draw and paint. My parents are sculptors here in town, so I’ve always done that, too,” she said. “This is what I’ve found that makes me happiest.” Her parents are George and Cammie Lundeen, who helped pioneer the bronze sculpting industry in Loveland. Annalise Lundeen’s downtown shop is in her mother’s former studio, she said, and her brother, Warner Lundeen, uses the back of the building to create his pottery. Rather than try to escape her famous parents’ shadow, Lundeen is happy to talk about their influence on her life. “Dad, he’s worked really hard. He’s definitely my biggest influence as a businessman. And my mom is a really awesome artist,” she said. Lundeen said she gets her artistic inspiration from nature itself. “I find that nature is just beautiful and a work of art,” she said. She tries to use locally grown plants and flowers as much as possible in her work, she said. “I’ll go to the market (in Denver) once a week. I kind of have an idea of what I’m going to buy, but usually I see something that inspires me while I’m there,” she said. “It’s very organic. The more you manipulate this medium, the less natural it is.” The name of her shop came from her favorite plant and flower, the amaranth. “It’s just a beautiful, interesting plant with a bright, bright fuchsia color. It’s actually used as a dye, and it’s a superfood,” she said. “From the Victorian meaning of flowers, it’s an imaginary flower that never fades.” Because her flower arrangements are individual works of art, she said they are priced a little higher than flowers are in some shops. “But I’m flexible. If someone comes in the door and says, ‘I have $15,’ I’ll try to make them something,” she said. Lundeen and her “right-hand woman,” longtime friend Carleen Holmes, are getting ready for Mother’s Day, a big […]