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Jolene Sanborn ~ Watercolorist

Jolene's family is full of artists, her father being one of them. She grew up watching him paint with oils and acrylics.  He was always asking her what she was “seeing” with an artist’s eye.  In 2000 she leapt into watercolor, the medium no one in her family had tackled, and she hasn't looked back! She is self-taught for the most part but has worked with several Washington artists, including Judith McNea, Owen Hall, Deanne Lemley, Ann Breckon, Nancy Taylor Stonington, Eric Wiengardt and Kay Barnes, each of whom has had a profound impact on her work. 

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Nature has always been her passion. Living in the Pacific NW stirs her need for creative expression as she watches salmon returning, observes swans and snow geese wintering in the Skagit Valley, or the clouds playing across our mountains. She is driven to paint what she sees and feels! She strives to honor the magnificence of our environment in her work.  Watercolor provides her with a medium that allows her to express not only the softness of a scene, but also the outrageous colors she experiences around her. She hopes as you view her work that you will see and feel her emotions about the subjects she paints and be moved, as she was moved.