“Painting en plein air (taking my easel outdoors to paint in the open air) allows me to leave the interior space for the living world outside. The outdoors 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—it is not necessary to paint each blade of grass, leaf or branch. 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.”
Originally from upstate NY, Webster was awarded a scholarship to attend college at School of Visual Arts in NYC and graduated with a BFA in painting. By 1996, Webster relocated to Asheville, North Carolina. In the years following she transitioned from pure studio painting to painting en plein air (directly from life outdoors). In her own words, “Once I took my easel outdoors I was hooked. The mountains and natural beauty outdoors inspires me to get out there and be intimate with nature. My paintings are a reflection of that experience.”
Currently, Webster combines being a hair stylist at Mechanika Coiffure and a painter as the perfect balance to her creative work. “I get to create something beautiful and uplifting in my paintings and again directly with people’s hair. Being an artist combines well with being a stylist and each are tremendously rewarding”.
In 2003, Webster was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from Asheville Area Arts Council. Webster is a signature member of the Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters (WNCPAP). Webster’s work can be found in many private collections including Memorial line portfolio or email her at Colleen@colleenwebster.com