Colleen R. Cotey, SAA - Wire Sculpture
Cotey is an Award Winning, International Artist and Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists. Represented by Greenlane Gallery in Dingle, Ireland, Colleen Cotey’s works are held in private collections throughout England, Ireland, Mexico and the United States. Public works include a life-size wolf pack of six wolves and one raven at Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA.
Formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Evergreen State College, 2011.
In July, 2013 Cotey was the recipient of the Equine Art Purse Trophy Purchase Award in memory of Vivian F. McMurry at the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation’s Equine Art Show held at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA.
Cotey has also been invited to show at the 2014 Celebration of Western and Wildlife Art Show at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center in Puyallup, WA. This annual, invitational show is considered to be the premier gathering of Western and Wildlife Artists in the Pacific Northwest.
Colleen R. Cotey, SAA
Front Street Gallery - An Artists' Co-op
18881-A Front St. NE, PO Box 2697, Poulsbo, Washington, 98370
About the Society of Animal Artists:
“The Society of Animal Artists is an organization comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world. The mission of the Society of Animal Artists is to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art. The upshot of this nexus of talent and mission, is that artworks created by members of the Society of Animal Artists have established new standards of excellence in fine art, and that the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists and its traveling exhibition, Art and the Animal, have become the standard by which all others are measured.”
- David J. Wagner, Ph.D., SAA Tour Director
I will never tire of the complexity found in portraying the animal subject. I am enthralled by the polarity of nature, the predator and the prey, wild creatures and their domestic decedents. My art is created in an attempt to remind others of the animals with whom we share this planet.
When creating a piece, I always begin at the top line and immediately continue to the eyes. I work from my own photographs and/or live models. Each piece is unique and original as no molds are ever used. All of my wire sculptures are created in a freeform process in which I spatially visualize the subject and attempt to capture the essence of the individual – giving enough line definition to reveal it, but not so dense that the creature becomes stagnant. I work to capture an individual’s personality in each piece.