“Most of my inspiration comes from my bicycle trips around Puget Sound or further afield. I’ll stop and pull out a sketchbook or snap a photo, then paint the scene in watercolor back in my studio.”
Kathy Marin Collins grew up in the Pacific Northwest and expresses her appreciation of the area’s natural beauty through her impressionistic watercolors. She uses a rapid process technique for dramatic high contrast paintings, charging in color and mixing flowing wet paint right on the paper to achieve intense dark values while preserving white spaces.
Kathy’s award-winning paintings have been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, the Splash-Best of Watercolor series, and “100 Artists of the Northwest.”
A Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and Women Painters of Washington, Kathy teaches watercolor classes and workshops at Tsuga Fine Art in Bothell, Washington.
Anna Mastronardi Novak
“I am fascinated by line, shape, color, and texture made by the soul of the hand. I’ve been painting for over 30 years. The spontaneous energy of that process is directly in the work – this is what I find most precious about art. Art is created, and so we can connect with the human spirit of others. Sharing this experience deepens our purpose and feeds our soul.”
Anna Mastronardi Novak produces works in encaustic, oils, colored pencil and mixed media. With 30 years plus of commitment producing her work, she attributes her inspiration to island life, great food, and strong supportive community. Her works have exhibited in prominent Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington galleries, and many leading regional galleries and museums.
A committed member of the arts community, her integral support of fund-raising and art education includes organizations such as Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Whatcom Museum, Schack Arts Center, U of W Hellenic Studies, Cleveland Clinic, and Group Health Children’s Foundation.
“The pace of island life and strong supportive arts community are important inspiration for my work. Those aspects as well as the stimulus of great food, nature’s beauty, and travel motivate me.”