Countless visitors have slowed their stroll at the windows of C.H. Rockey’s studio and print shop on Cañon Avenue in Manitou Springs, Colo. The array of art and the artist, who often can be seen sitting inside, looking out, stirs their curiosity.
Rockey has lived and worked in the light blue three-story building for decades. His art that often has been made of the town, including nearly a thousand plein air paintings, hangs prominently in homes and businesses throughout the town. Rockey is a local legend, treasured and beloved.
When Chris C. Bowden, a photographer and videographer, chanced upon Rockey sitting in his studio doorway in 2015, he struck up a conversation with the artist. That led to another conversation.
Chris, now 43, recently recounted the experience of meeting Rockey and making a five-minute short film, “C.H. Rockey,” in an email conversation for Humanitou. Chris also shared something of his own creative story.