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I love being asked to do pieces I wouldn’t have thought to paint myself. Just finished this commission for a Christmas present. Had a blast doing it too! Little reminder of how much I love to paint, especially outside my box.

Happy holidays!

For a best friends sweet baby fox-

In honor of the annual Soiree coming up, I’m going to be your typical artist & make a post about the show… about a year later. Eeek. I promise to be better!

So here it is the BIG piece I made last year;

Join us this year for the 3rd year of spooky, creepy, beautiful art, drinks, costumes, and more! Details below on the sick poster by Craig Horky.

It’s an evening you can’t beat, in my opinion.

Wedding gift portrait-

Commissioned Christmas gift portrait-

Flare for your new house? The requests are wine & adventure ? Ok, this is too easy. Those are a couple of my favorite things.



I love the difference adding a frame around a simple piece can do. I thrift frames all the time when I see them cheap. It works especially great with this piece that is simple, but still needed a little more. I painted the sides of the wine glass canvas’ gold just to give them a punch as well.

Hope you love em’ Maggie, happy house warming! ❤️

I’m passionate about art, & wine.

So when I was propositioned to make another (View my first one here) label for one of my favorite wineries in Michigan-promise I’m not being biased because I’ve worked there for 6 years-I was so over the moon excited!

It’s not often that I make art, and it turns out exactly how I have envisioned it in my mind, this happens to be one of those rare moments my mind and hands were totally in sync.

I knew we were releasing this wine on summer solstice, so all I was thinking about was that it would be sunny, & everything is so lush & green. I just wanted the label to have that summer solstice feel. This was also super special because it is Sandhill Crane Vineyards first ever estate white port, which is out of this world!

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I love love love making custom pieces!

I love taking someone’s ideas and words and translating them into a piece of art.

This piece is for a fellows niece, he asked for purple and pink flowers throughout, and this beautiful bible verse. Off to Indiana you go! I hope you both love this piece, as much as I loved making it.

I hope Lorelei enjoys it for years to come.

I’m  always open and ready for any ideas for pieces of art.

Piece is 24×24, acrylic and watercolor.

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These are the pieces that I created for my display at one of Sandhill Crane Vineyards most popular festivals, Wine & Wool January 2017.












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My goal with my blog is to share and promote my art, but at such a critical time in our country I feel I need to share something important. Part of me says, Colleen don’t involve yourself in all the political mumbo jumbo, the other part of me says ‘COLLEEN, this is your life, your way of living, your partner, your love life, your choices, your human rights!!’ I’ve never been so struck in my heart by what’s going on in my country as I am right now.

My partner and I, we frequent a certain grocery store (OFTEN) even if we’re just on our way to work and want to stop for a snack, were there ALOT. Anyway, last night we made a stop as usual, the u-scan girl came up to us and asked ‘how long have you two been together? I see you in here all the time, you’re so cute, I love it, I’m straight but I love it.’ She then proceeded to tell us that the last time we were in, when we left one of us put an arm around the other- like we almost are, always touching- and a man, a bystander just shopping like us went up to this young woman and said ‘doesn’t that bother you?’ Now before I tell you what she said, can I just say I cannot believe that we are living in a world where someone, a customer just passing through like we are feels THIS comfortable to go up to a worker at a grocery store, to someone he absolutely doesn’t know- and try to persuade her to be upset about a same sex relationship, shopping just like him, happy not bothering anyone. This is where we are in this country. It hurts. It’s SCARY. This country, this president makes people comfortable enough to act, to try and shame something they don’t agree with. She told us, quite proudly I would say, that she responded with ‘no, it doesn’t I love it.’ My heart melted, I could cry, good for you!!!! We told her how much that meant to us, really, and truly. Thank you, thank you to every.single. One of you that sticks up for mine and so many others daily, NORMAL TO US life, our happiness. You don’t know how much you mean to me, and to so many others. I believe that we are hitting rock bottom before it all gets better, I believe trump is our president for a reason, all of this is going to eventually BE FOR THE BETTER. It will, we just have to continue to protect one another. Don’t be silent, stand for what you believe, let your voice be heard, be who you are.

Go forward in peace, respect one another. United we stand.