Colleen Conrad's Profile

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Hi, My name is Colleen Conrad. I was born and raised in Hopewell, New Jersey and now live in Titusville, New Jersey with my husband of almost 26 years, and 2 crazy dogs, Darla and Buddy, both rescue dogs.

As a child I loved to color, I had a big box of crayons and always went for the color that was a little different. I don’t recall if coloring everything its true color was important. I don’t think I went crazy with colors. I do recall that staying in the lines was very important. The finished work had to be neat! Once I became too old to color (which I now realize never really happens) my mother taught me how to sew. Color again was a fascination, I always used fabrics that were colorful. After graduating high school, photography was my artistic outlet. Eventually, thru friends, I worked my way back to exploring color and ended up in a watercolor class, and as they say, the…

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  • Joined August 8, 2010

Favorite materials

Daniel Smith watercolors, American Journey watercolors, dream catcher brushes, Arches 140lb Aquarelle Watercolor Paper, yupo

About

Hi, My name is Colleen Conrad. I was born and raised in Hopewell, New Jersey and now live in Titusville, New Jersey with my husband of almost 26 years, and 2 crazy dogs, Darla and Buddy, both rescue dogs.

As a child I loved to color, I had a big box of crayons and always went for the color that was a little different. I don’t recall if coloring everything its true color was important. I don’t think I went crazy with colors. I do recall that staying in the lines was very important. The finished work had to be neat! Once I became too old to color (which I now realize never really happens) my mother taught me how to sew. Color again was a fascination, I always used fabrics that were colorful. After graduating high school, photography was my artistic outlet. Eventually, thru friends, I worked my way back to exploring color and ended up in a watercolor class, and as they say, the rest is history. That was about 15 years ago. In that time I have been lucky enough to study with several wonderful local artists, Lucy Graves McVicker, Kathleen McGuire Morolda and Gail Bracegirdle. All of these wonderful artists taught me how to "see" life as a painting.

I look for the texture, the light and the color of all that surrounds me. Every day I see something that amazes me. I am fascinated by color. My desire is that my paintings will evoke an emotion or a mood within the viewer; a memory of a place possibly. Maybe the desire to step into the painting, to be transported to that place. Painting is an exploration of color and painting with watercolor is especially fun for me. I am never sure what will happen when water and pigment mix on the paper. There is always a plan, but it is the unplanned designs and color combinations that bring to life some really fun and exciting paintings. I take those opportunities to take a trip to an imaginary place where I create a special landscape.

As in life, it is the unplanned events that turn into some of the best surprises. My life as an artist has been an unplanned journey and an unexpected pleasure. I have met amazing people and made wonderful new friends in fellow artist and patrons. I really can't imagine it any other way.

I would love it if you would visit my
Blog: http://edgeofthewoodsstudio.blogspot.com
Website: http://www.edgeofthewoodsstudio.com

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