Art is inspiration solidified. Painting is visual poetry…

Colleen Webster is originally from New York State and currently based in Asheville, North Carolina. A graduate from the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, she holds a BFA in Painting. Currently, she exhibits in North Carolina and South Carolina. Her paintings are part of public and private collections.


Painting en plein air (painting directly in the open air outdoors) allows me to leave the interior space for the living world outside. A witness of nature and the outdoors as it literally becomes my studio—a place for visual meditations while I paint the effects of natural light in oil. I aim to fill each painting with life, inspiration and uplifting beauty. I employ a painterly translation that suggests rather than defines a subject. This suggestion naturally triggers the viewer’s imagination and memory to ‘fill in the blanks’ without overstating what they are seeing. I enjoy conveying light, atmosphere, and mood rather than a defined literal copy.


Combining painterly color and texture with iconic, symbolist and expressive themes. The reflection of ideas, imagination, and feeling in these works behold an exploration of personal and universal narratives aiming to bring the dream into reality.


Animal Totems are perfect messengers and reminders since they are closer to the rhythms and cycles of nature with fewer distractions than humans. Just by being themselves they remind us of the wisdom of the universe, and that all answers are available to us when we reconnect. These paintings celebrate the animal spirits of the natural world and domestic honoring these unique relationships that enrich our lives.

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

“Witness the Magic that is our world.” – Ansel Adams

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable”- Robert Henri