About Coleen 
and 
her Art Work

Drawing, painting, sculpting and appreciating art have been part of my life as far back as I can remember.  I loved spending weekends in my father's studio watching him drawing cartoons and painting portraits.  He encouraged me to major in art at his alma mater, Ohio State University.  I had some of his professors and spent from 1964 - 1968 majoring first in painting then in sculpture before changing universities and majors (a very difficult decision).  I finished my degree in science (that's a long story involving husband and children) in my beloved state of Florida.  With family and a career teaching chemistry and scientific research there was little time for truly immersing myself in painting and sculpting.  Paintings and sculptures did however get completed and I was able to exhibit work in both shows and galleries.  I have been honored to have my art on display in private residences throughout the U.S. as well as 2 countries in Europe.  


When painting I prefer oil and acrylic as I enjoy the flexibility of change they often offer.  I have recently returned to a more abstract style and enjoy blending some of my classical training with a more free, intuitive style.  I also enjoy working with mixed media and combining alcohol ink, polymers and resins which provide a fun, glossy effect.  Whatever the materials, the process is what I find most enriching and inspiring.  


Most of my sculptures have been completed in clay - both water and oil based.  My fired pieces are treated with various paints and patinas while the oil based are taken to a foundry for bronzing.  


Since college days I have enjoyed the study of patterns and combined with my love of nature I find myself often drawn to the natural patterns of wildlife - especially zebras.  Living most of my life on the coastal areas of Florida has also inspired many shore bird creations.   The light, shadows, colors and sounds of nature are all sources of inspiration.


Whether I am creating a collage for my church depicting historical membership, painting, sculpting, designing materials for non-profits and missions or exploring a new medium it is done with a love of the creative process and a desire to share the finished art form with others.





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