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"En Pointe" - 8" x 10" Oil on board


"En Pointe", so named because the two lower leaves in this painting seemed to remind me of a ballet dancer's pose. :) This painting of Washington's beautiful Spring tulips was sold to clients in the UK, Mr. & Mrs. Lancashire of Sheffield. I'll frame it in dark green and ship it off this week.


"Poppy Fields Forever" 32" x 15" Oil on canvas triptych


Just sent this vibrant work to the home of my clients, Charlie & Susie Smith of the UK. Both are Veterans of the Military Services and both come from military families, so poppies have a particularly poignant meaning for them. It's such an honor for me to have them enjoy it every day in the dining room of their new home.


"Beautiful Bandon" 48" x 30" Diptych


This oil on canvas diptych of Bandon Beach on the Oregon coast has now been delivered to its new home in Redmond, WA. It graces the walls of my client, Mariam Hovhannisyan and works so well with the 'color story' of her new apartment.



"Baciata dal Sole"


Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
Baciata dal Sole translates to "Kissed by the Sun", and I've always felt that way about the beautiful Sunflowers that grace the world from one end to the other. This painting will soon be off to my client in New Zealand.



"Delicious, Granny Smiths & Oranges" Kitchen art, SOLD!

These three 8" x 16" paintings all sold to the same lovely client and now have a wonderful new home in a kitchen in Redmond! 




"Come Away With Me"

"Come Away With Me" Original oil on canvas, 28" x 11" diptych. 

I wasn't sure who I painted this gem for, but probably myself as I am seriously craving a vacation on a secluded Tropical Isle! This seemed a like a really good place to start....'from the visions in my mind'.
The little dinghy is named "You 'n Me'.

May be purchased now for just $240 by leaving a message at

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These three 18" x 16" 'kitchen art' pieces now have a wonderful new home in Redmond, Washington. So pleased that they will bring a lively pop of color to this client's home.  


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"Golden Twilight"

"Golden Twilight"  Miniature triptych, 24" wide x 6" high. $225 Original oil on canvas. This triptych is perfect for that small spot where you want art that won't overwhelm, but brighten your room!


"Tide's Out at Ruby Beach"

"Tide's Out at Ruby Beach" Miniature triptych, Original oil on canvas, 4" high x 16" wide - $95
Perfect little gem for that small spot on your wall that needs brightening up!


"Bandon Beach Twilight"

"Bandon Beach Twilight" 8" x 16" Original oil on canvas. $210
There are so many views of this gorgeous place on the Oregon Coast, that I never tire of painting it. I've painted this area from many different views and with all types of weather. The sunrises and sunsets never fail to astound the many visitors to the area!


"Ruby Beach Sunrise"

SOLD - "Ruby Beach Sunrise"  8" x 16", Original oil on canvas.
Fewer places on earth evoke such emotion as this beautiful spot on the Northern Washington Coast.
I've painted it many times showing the wide variety of sunrises and sunsets - every one is so very different.


Fishin' Spot"

"Fishin' Spot"  11" x 14" Original oil on canvas, $225
I know this is a good fishing spot because I've fished there! I not only enjoyed the day and the fishing, but also the serenity of the beautiful environment. .


"River Rapids"

"River Rapids"  12" x 12" Mixed Media on canvas, $200. This was a very fun piece to create as I'd not worked with the underlayment of acrylic gel and stencil background before. I liked the indication of stones and or bubble shapes - and felt that it gave an added interest to the piece. It was dried, then painted over in oils and antiqued.


"Utsalady Point"

"Utsalady Point" 9" x 12 Original oil on canvas $210. This art is currently being shown at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA.


"Utah Red Clay"

"Utah Red Clay" 6" x 10" Original oil on canvas - $200


"Rock Creek"

"Rock Creek, Red Lodge, Montana" 9" x 12" Original oil on canvas $210
Another beautiful photograph for me to work from by my photographer friend, C Baker. 


"Toulumne River"

"Tuolumne River, Yosemite Park" 12" x 12" Original oil on canvas - $225
Tuolumne is pronounced 'to all o' me" so that makes it somewhat easy to say and remember. A beautiful spot, and I thank my photographer friend, C. Baker for the use of his beautiful photo for this work.



The Artist

WHO paints all these? Hmm? It's ME, Artist Colleen.
Taken in my studio 2014



"Tuscany Road Trip" and "Tuscany Picnic"

"Tuscan Road Trip" and "Tuscan Picnic" 24" x 30"
These paintings feature a unique technique, a texturized border of gel and painted over in oil, then antiqued. It simulates a frame, and since the art is gallery wrapped, it needs no other framing.
$415 each



"Caribbean Sea, Beneath the Surface"

 Oil on Canvas triptych, 5' x 16" (Large wall space required)
Beautiful, colorful marine life of the azure Caribbean sea!
Available $1050

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"Puget Sound, Beneath the Surface"
Oil on canvas Triptych, 60" x 16"
I am always inspired by the beautiful region in which I live; the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. We have a rich variety of marine life here and I wanted to portray the view that many may never have the chance to see.



"Sonoran Desert Kokopelli" 6' x 2' Oil on canvas, custom art

Just completed triptych for a Scottsdale Arizona client. This art is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high. It is to be hung on a harvest gold wall. Please contact the artist at for information on your custom project. Thanks!



"Stargazer" 30" x 30" Oil on Canvas

"Stargazer" in a macro look at one of my favorite flowers. The fragrance is so lovely as is the vivid color.
This painting is available at just $300. It is on gallery wrapped canvas, so no frame needed.
Please inquire here


"Cutthroat Lake" 18" x 24" Oil on canvas

This painting is of Cutthroat Lake in WA state, near the town of Winthrop. It is so named for the many Cutthroat trout that inhabit it. It's 18" x 24" oil on canvas and has gone to its new home in Salt Lake City, UT to some very happy clients. PURCHASE HERE


Another Happy Client!

My happy client, Jayne Lancashire with the Sunflower painting that finally made its way across the pond to England and is now happily adorning the walls of Jayne's home in Sheffield. I love the photo! Thanks, Jayne!


Daniel Smith Gift Certificate WINNER!

I just heard this good news and want to thank all of you who were so dedicated in voting for my art! The jurying by the art professionals and gallery owners has been done and my art was judged one of the top ten pieces in this national contest. I won $250 to spend at Daniel Smith Art Store, the best art store in the universe! Here's the winning art and again, thanks so much! 



"Java Stack" 12x24" Oil on canvas

Seattle, being the home of the 'great cuppa coffee' inspired this painting. I happen to *love* my coffee, as do most of us up here in the soggy Northwest. This is a companion piece to a larger painting (24 x 24") of a single cup with steam rising from it that is currently for sale at Housewares Home Decor in Edmonds. I like the monochrome aspect of this series, as it doesn't detract from the robust flavor of a good cup of coffee.



"Lotus Love" - Oil on canvas, 18" x 18"

The beautiful Lotus blossom is wonderful to paint - the delicately curved petals surrounding a center of golden yellow and sitting on saucer-shaped leaves. Just a lovely sight to behold, and more fun for me to paint! Just $185!



Lizzy's Sunshine, 18" x 18", oil on canvas


I LOVE painting sunflowers - they just plain make me smile! This one is done in 7 layers, classical painting style to give depth and richness.


Washington State Flower, Rhododendron 18" x 18"

Rhododendron is the state flower of the gorgeous state I am lucky enough in which to live; Washington! Beautiful and green and during the Spring months, it becomes a profusion of this stunning bush, heavily laden with beautiful bright pink blooms. I loved painting this, and I always look forward to Spring just for the Rhodies, even if they are short-lived!



"Final Light" 20 x 30 Oil on canvas, SOLD

This scene always reminded me of a "feeling" more than a view. The soft pink clouds drifting towards the horizon and casting reflected light upon the waves caused a beautiful pink shimmery glow. I'll kind of miss this piece of art in my studio because it always made me feel relaxed and comfy. I hope the new collector feels the same way. I'm betting she will.



Lemon Tree 12 x 24 Oil on canvas SOLD

Lemon Tree 12" x 24"
SOLD at Housewares in Edmonds. If you've not been to this awesome home decor store, it is SUCH a treat, particularly with Christmas coming up. Robert and Deb make the place a feast for the peepers! Be sure to stop in. They've usually got cookies or something this time of year. PURCHASE HERE


Cafe Au Lait, 18" x 18", Oil on canvas

"Cafe Au Lait" SOLD



Hydrangea, 18"x18" oil on canvas

Lovely Hydrangeas come in such a variety of colors. These happen to be from my neighbor's garden and are the white, light blue and violet shades. I loved painting them! This is 18" square on a gallery wrapped canvas and needs no framing for a more contemporary look. For purchase, please contact me here.



"Sunshine in a Vase" - Oil on Canvas, 16x20 SOLD

SOLD - Lovely warm tones to brighten any gloomy day! This is on a deep gallery-wrapped canvas and requires no framing. All ready for hanging. You can make this purchase, by just clicking here.

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"Hot Stuff", Oil on canvas, 20"x20" SOLD

I LOVE painting peppers - their fluid shape, and the variety of colors offers so much to be creative with. The warmth of these surrounding colors seems to be just right for "Hot Stuff". This purchase can be made by just clicking the 'purchase' button. .

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"Queen" Iris - Oil on canvas - 24" x 24"

Beautiful Purple Iris that pairs wonderfully with the white one on down the page. This is oil on canvas, 24" x 24". Contact me here for further info or purchase. 

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"Summer's Bounty" 6" x 6" each Oil on canvas

Ohhhhh, lovely tomatoes! I think of all the vegetables that I most enjoy painting, these top the list - but all sorts of peppers run a very close second. I like their form, their color, the satiny sheen of their skin. And as for peppers, well just the shape along is enough to intrigue any artist.
These little miniatures are perfect for that small area in the kitchen or dining room or small wall space. They also look wonderful on miniature easels that I will gladly offer complementary with purchase. Just $125 each painting. Please contact me for purchase or further information.
email Colleen here

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"Sicilian Glass" 16 x 20" Oil on canvas

This was a challenge to get right - but I persisted until I did. I actually love painting reflections and metal and shiny stuff - but it's not easy. I'm pleased with this one though. It will be shown in the show at Oasis Gallery in November.
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Spring Tulip & Spring Iris - 24" x 24" Oil on canvas

A stately white Iris and a beautiful red tulip herald the first signs of Spring. 

I could barely wait til' it felt 'Spring-like' enough to get these two paintings started. 

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Peppers, Peppers, Peppers 24"x24" SOLD

I loved painting these peppers. First of all, I love their shapes and brilliant colors - and I like the depth that can be achieved by using glazes - of which there were *many* on these particular works. These are a beautiful pair and would do a lot to enhance a kitchen or dining area - a great 'color shot'. Contact me here.



Anatomy of a painting - White Iris - 30" x 30" Oil on canvas

I've been asked from time to time to post some of the steps I go through as I work on a painting. So, since I remembered to take photos today as I worked on this beautiful white Iris, I decided to go ahead and post the first six steps. Should I remember to take more photos as the details come to fruition, I will post them as well.



Con La Luce del sole 5" x 5" Oil on canvas

"Villa Lamberti" is the title of this view of gentle, rolling hills of Italy. 5" x 5" oil on gallery-wrapped canvas. $110, please contact me here or click on 'purchase now' button to buy through paypal.

"By the Light of the Sun" is the literal translation of this beautiful sun-filled landscape of Italy. It's 5" x 5" on gallery-wrapped canvas, no need for framing. $110. Please contact me here or click on the 'purchase now' button to buy through paypal.

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I'll be featured at the Edmonds Art Walk on Thursday, June 18th at the "Resident Cheesemonger" store and again at the Everett Art Walk on Saturday, June 20th at the office of Mortgage Advisers on Colby Street. Both of these art walks feature high-quality work at affordable prices. I look forward to seeing you! Please do stop in.

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"Retirement" Oil on canvas 10" x 10"

This is where *I* will be one of these fine days . . on a warm beach with the summer breezes circling around me as I ponder the 'meaning of life'. Can't think of anyplace I'd rather be when (and if) I ever put down my brushes. I call this one "Retirement" and it's on gallery wrapped canvas so no framing is needed, but can be framed if desired. $225. Click on the Paypal button to purchase now. PURCHASE HERE


Upcoming Juried Shows for Summer

I've just received notice that four (4) of my miniature paintings have been juried into the "Edmonds Fine Art Festival" for June 19- 21 in Edmonds, Wa. This is a very prestigioius art festival and Ia m honored to again have my work shown here. In addition, another painting of mine, although not a miniature has also been accepted in to the "Bothell LiveArts Festival", one of the oldest art festivals in the area. This is my second year having my work shown with this fine show. The dates are June 27-28th.

If you get a chance, please try to stop by and see all of the wonderful original pieces at these two excellent shows.

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Canon Beach, Needles - Oil on canvas

This is a gorgeous photo that I just had to paint. I contacted the photographer, a woman from OR or her permission. Her reply was most positive, so I was excited to get started. That Oregon coast is something to behold if you've never seen it, I suggest a trip! Here's the photo reference (bottom) and my painting (top).

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