Artist Colleen Sparlin

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The Artist Says:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. 


I have been involved in the arts most of my life. I grew up in a family of artists. My father was a watercolorist and my mother worked in oils and sculpture. We grew up with art all around us, so naturally all my siblings and I continue our passion for art.Art means more to me than just creating; it is an expression of my deeper thoughts and feelings as I observe and capture the variety of textures in nature.  Textures, whether real or implied will reflect solemn moods and joyous inspirations.  Some of my works have extreme texture, verging on impressionism others detail every part of the real, but both draw us into a desire to touch, to feel, to explore. 

As a working artist, I have given classes and/or demonstrations at the Hesperia Art Association, High Desert Cultural Arts Foundation, Corona Art Association, and others ; I have been a member of the Scholastic Key Alliance, the Riverside Art Alliance, California Artists, NAEA, and support the arts as a local high school arts teacher.  My work has won numerous awards at various venues including the American Association of University Women and has been published in the Incite: Color Passions art book, published by Northlight books.   I continue to pursue my passion and explorations.
Gallery representation:
SOHO Gallery
Pomona, Ca
Artisans Gallery
Big Bear, Ca. 
Awards and Ribbons:
2019- AAUW Trever Bennett Award for Artistic Excellence
San Bernardino County Fair--
First Place -Sour Cherry (paint chips)
First Place- Iris (watercolor)
Second Place- Yellow Iris (reduction block)
Bold Brush Contest - 
2018-  San Bernardino County Fair --
First Place - Circus Dreams (Acrylic chip squirrel),   Quiet (watercolor lily)
Second Place-  Let's Play (Acrylic dog),  Apples  (oil)
2017 - San Bernardino County Fair- 
First Place -  Folklorica (reduction print),  Lemon Drop Owl ( Acrylic chip),  Marbles (watercolor)
2017 -  High Desert Artists -  
First Place - Sunflowers [...]

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