“I first starting taking photos (in abundance) during the summer I spent in Alaska. No coincidence it’s also where I really began to appreciate hiking on my own and learning to slow down and just be in a place. I like to sit, stand, wander, explore and take the time to just be… then see what captures my eye and my senses about the place and do my best to capture that moment and that feeling in my photos.
Water droplets, rocks, leaves, trees through the fog, a petal on a flower, the pink highlight on a cloud – I like to get up close and focus on the simple beauty of the places I find myself. For me it’s often less about the image and more about the camera as my tool to slow down, look close and appreciate the magic of that specific place or day. I enjoy being creative with presentation and am often drawn to the beauty of wood. I took this opportunity to combine the two and had my photos printed directly on wood though WoodSnap, a US company with a priority on sustainability.”
Find more images and captured moments at: Myplaceintheworld.net
Colleen Ozora, fine art animal portrait artist and impressionist artist paints both acrylic and transparent watercolor. She has a deep love of and special affinity for animals and nature. In addition to her portraiture work, she also paints landscapes and florals, drawing inspiration from both the Pacific Northwest, where she currently lives, and the American Southwest and Colorado Rockies, where she grew up camping, hiking, horseback riding, and with an assortment of pets.
Colleen studied sumi-e, traditional Japanese ink painting, while in Japan on scholarships to study Japanese language. She later took classes and workshops in drawing and painting in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest region and in New Mexico.
Colleen taught right-brain drawing, watercolor, and sketchbook journaling classes workshops in Shoreline, Edmonds, and Lynnwood for about 10 years, prior to relocating to Bellingham. In August, she participated in the WHS Dog Days of Summer Festival and met many wonderful dogs and their owners at her portrait booth. In her words, “I know a painting is working when it feels like the animal is living and breathing on the paper or canvas.” She works with clients on commission requests to design a portrait that fits their space and budget needs.
For more information, visit colleenozora-artist.com or email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org
“This particular bird series is my most recent collection, which combines a bit of all my talents. Having painted interior design and murals for years, I am strongly influenced by the abstract texture of a faux finish or wall treatment, but I juxtapose that with a highly detailed image of a colorful bird, some realistic others not so much. These birds will not be found in nature, but are recognizable as having an earthly quality with a layer of fantasy.”
“I am so very honored to share my work with you. If you would like to incorporate my style of art into your world, please contact me. I enjoy doing custom art that reflects who you are, and I can produce high quality prints of all of my featured art – sized to meet your needs and budget (from 8”x10” up to 2’x 3’).”
For more information, visit amym5000.wixsite.com/amyart or email Amy at email@example.com
Local Artists Previously Featured at Joy Pilates and Fitness