I grew up just outside Lake Tahoe in California. I’ve worked in a few different industries including fine art, retail, and New Image Brewing is my fourth restaurant that I’ve run. I was on a road trip. I did 3,800 miles …
I grew up just outside Lake Tahoe in California. I’ve worked in a few different industries including fine art, retail, and New Image Brewing is my fourth restaurant that I’ve run. I was on a road trip. I did 3,800 miles over two months. I kind of had a feeling I wanted to live in Colorado and I drove through Arvada — randomly. And I stopped in Olde Town and totally felt the energy that I wanted to live here. So i continued my road trip and then came back. That was January of 2016 — two months before New Image Brewing opened.
At New Image Brewing
I’m the general manager at New Image now. I’m also food and beverage manager, part-time prep cook, part-time bartender and full-time server — literally everything you can do for front-of-house. We have a beer called East Coast Transplant and everyone always asks if I’m the East Coast transplant. So, I put up a West Coast photo portfolio. Most of the photos hanging in the brewery are from Oregon, California and Utah.
I studied photography and business in college, and photography has always been a passion project. I like really big landscapes. I want the frame to be completely full with content. There’s not a lot of negative space in my photos. Stars, sunsets and dramatic clouds from a storm are what I like. Recently, I’ve gotten into photo stitching, where I use multiple photos to make one image. I do commercial work for businesses, but this is what I like to shoot the most. A lot of it is low-light photography. One of the photos hanging in the brewery is at 11:45 at night during a super moon. The moon lit the valley and it looks like day. More of my work can be seen at gavinestes.com.
One of the bigger reasons I moved to Colorado was for the snowboarding. When I lived in Tahoe, I would board 80 days a year. Then I moved to the coast and it was a six-hour drive. So I needed to get back to the mountains. I surf and wakeboard, but snowboarding is my jam. My favorite place in Colorado is Blue Sky Basin in Vail.
I sold fine art in Vegas for three years — bronze sculptures. I worked for the official artist for Cirque du Soleil, who moved me from Carmel, California to Vegas. I was a skater punk, tattooed, but I was wearing a suit and tie and you could never tell.