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Jonathan Machen’s Art.

Recent work to date: 

New: Time-lapse videos of urban and natural landscapes

Below: links to a collection of time-lapse videos from live, plein-air drawing sessions. These videos showcase my drawing process, which otherwise you never get to see. The list will be updated as I produce more.

Black Mesa, New Mexico, 3-21-22

Under the Boulder Theater Marquee, Boulder 1-23-2022

Scott Carpenter Park, Boulder, CO, 2-24-22

H.B. Woodsongs Music, Boulder, 1-21-22

Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM 3-25-22

Boulder High School 1-15-22

Poorman Fire Station, Four Mile Fire District 2-8-22

New Vista High School, 2-4-2022



Purchase art from Jonathan Machen:

If you see something you like on this site, please contact me. I work out of the Eldorado Springs Art Center, 8 Chesebro Way, Eldorado Springs, CO, in a working studio/gallery. If you are in the Colorado Front Range, we can arrange a visit in person. If you are further afield, please contact me.

Commission art from Jonathan Machen

I love to draw and paint landscapes, architecture and people! Contact me and we can talk about your interest.

I can produce drawings or paintings from your photos: I have over 40 years of drawing experience, most of that outside in the direct presence of nature and architecture. While I love drawing from life, I can also work from photos of a cherished person, place or thing, transforming it into a drawing or painting. For more details on prices, see my page on commissioning work. 

Call me or email me at jonathan@jonathanmachen.com or 303-818-9532


“Jonathan drew a beautiful picture of my daughter’s wedding venue in pen and ink with a watercolor wash.  I provided a few photos and he did the rest!  He was easy to communicate with and responded very quickly to my emails.  His pricing is very reasonable.” Jane Isaac

-Jane Isaac, February 2022

“Jonathan has been incredibly easy and wonderful to work with – from initial contact to shipping and delivery.  Everything went smoothly and back and forth communication was great! I’m incredibly happy with the finish drawing and know my husband will love it!”  – Megan

-Megan Des Jardins, August 2020


We are all over the moon thrilled with your art and talent! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.  The outcome is amazing and I’m so glad you have pursued the gift you have been given.  It’s awesome and we feel so fortunate to be a part of your portfolio and would be honored to have you share it on Social Media sites!

– Natalie Clements, October 2020

“Love it”

— Robert Ortiz, 5/30/20

“Shelby and everyone love it. Thanks again.”

– Adam Calkins, January 2020

“Thank you so much for making our Christmas very special!”

— Christopher Schreur, January 2020

“You brought so much joy to us through your sketch”

— Susan Hall, January 2020

“I love your drawing of Bob. It really captures so much of his essence. You got the way he cocks his head perfectly. The railroad hat is fantastic. But it is his eyes where you really touched his soul. Thank you for creating something so beautiful.”

— Elizabeth Cammack, April, 2020

“ Hi Jonathan! I gave my husband the piece and he loves it! Thank you so much again for your excellent work.”

—Kate Taliaferro, November 2019

“Thank you much, she loves it!”

— Phil Carlson, February 2018

“You’re incredible! I love it!”

– Robert Ortiz, 1/15/2021

“Jonathan completed several projects at the University of Colorado. He painted a large mural recalling Colorado’s history in the entryway to a residence hall. In addition, he has created over a dozen large pen and ink reproductions of historic buildings on campus. One of these projects involved sketching the person for whom the building was named! This necessitated much outside research to find old photographs and create a short written biography to accompany the portrait. The departments Jonathan has worked with have always remarked favorably on Jonathan’s prompt, accurate work and pleasant demeanor.”

— Ann Rick, November 2014

Contact Jonathan