The delight of using one's imagination and the natural world inspire Colette to paint. She approaches her canvases with childlike abandon. All is spontaneous.
Her paintings turn any environment into a retreat, calling upon the elements that surround the artist. The sea, the sky, land. She often says she is inspired by the idea that something wonderful is about to happen.
From her childhood in a rural small town to the seaside village of Santa Barbara, Colette’s artwork invokes the feelings of what it's like to taste ocean spray on your lips and experience running through a field chasing fireflies on a summer evening.
While Colette’s drive to paint is personal, the narratives she paints are intended to captivate the viewer in such a way that they experience their own sort of inspiration.
Colette has had a 30 year career as an artist, creating murals and wall coverings as well as paintings, illustrations and drawings. A late bloomer, she feels as though she is just getting started.
She works in her flagship art studio and gallery in downtown Santa Barbara, California, where she creates and exhibits her work.
She has a collaboration with F. Schumacher & Company for a line of mural-esque wallcoverings that just launched in February of 2021.
She has worked with many elite designers through the years, her favorite and on top of that list is Mr. John Saladino.
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