|Where you can see my art:
My art can be viewed at: http://www.artbycolleengnos.com or at my studio in Shell Beach, just e-mail me to make an appointment.
In spring and summer of 2007, I will be showing at the Shell Beach Art in the Park events, on the first sunday of every month starting in May.
|About Me/My Art:
While most four-year-olds were throwing things around the sandbox, Colleen Gnos spent playtime armed with paintbrushes and bottles full of color. By her junior year in college, she was taking a year abroad from the University of California at Santa Cruz to receive classical art training at L'Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy--a school originally founded by Michelangelo.
While living in Hawaii, Colleen painted large murals and backdrops commissioned by various Waikiki hotels, restaraunts, and production companies. Colleen has also worked as a scenic artist for professional theatres in Honolulu, San Diego and Santa Cruz.
Today, Colleen works primarily in her studio with oils. Every painting Colleen creates an homage to the ocean and its waves. She is inspired by the translucency and beauty of the ocean waves she surfs and paints them with the clarity of stained glass by building up the surface with layers of glazes.
Colleen's technique is called "optical mixing" which makes color sparkle and resonate. She layers pure color on top of pure color which blends "optically" or by the viewer's eye, rather than blending the colors on the palette and applying them to the canvas as most artists do, which Colleen believes deadens the color. In each layer, pigment is suspended in a glazing medium which gives the painting so much depth, that it looks like you can actually see "through" the painted wave. This technique is quite labor intensive and it can take 6 months to complete one painting. She feels it is the only way to capture the beauty of the ocean wave.
Colleen's artwork is featured in the June 2005 issue of "Surfer Girl" Magazine and can also be found in the winter 2004 issue of "Surf Life for Women." She also designed the poster for the 2002 "Women's Triple Crown of Surfing" event. Colleen can be found on the central coast, where she divides her time between painting in her studio, taking care of her baby boys and husband, and of course, surfing.