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Wanda Coffey

 
Farmington, New Mexico

Artist's Statement

Wanda has been painting professionally for the past 35 years, but has practiced and trained in her chosen profession most of her life.  She is an instructor in watercolor and oils and at present teaches at San Juan College, Farmington, NM as an adjunct instructor in oil painting.

Except for a short time at the University of Michigan taking drafting, Wanda has been influenced by teachers such as Bob Tommy, Ben Konis, Lee K. Parkinson,  Randy Follis and Curt Walters.  

Coffey's paintings have been published in "Art of the American West";  Western Horseman  Magazine; and The Rocky Mountain Rider Magazine. Her works hang in many private  collections throughout the United States.


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"Last of the Day's Sun"

Watercolor
At a friend's horse ranch in Kirtland, New Mexico late one afternoon, mares and colts were resting in the shade of the cottonwood trees at the end of a hot day. I worked from photos I took then.
Dimensions: 22H"x 28W"
$1,200 framed
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"Share the Twilight Air"

Oil
Painting a cowboy, horses, cattle, and the wide open spaces of the west is a challenge that I find exciting. The horse is a powerful animal and watching  a well trained horse perform calls for trying to capture  it's movements on canvas or paper. I have been on cattle drives, rodeos, and many ranches in my career as artist, and have taken numerous photos and done many sketches from which I do a drawing on tracing  paper first for composition and structure, then I transfer it to my canvas or paper. I use strong color which I apply over an under painting where I establish my values and color.
Dimensions: 11H"x 14W"
$000 framed
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"North of Pagosa Springs, CO"

Watercolor
I am currently doing some pencil drawings and find it labor intensive, but  very enjoyable. I work as realistically as I can and I find the clean look of the black pencil on white smooth pressed watercolor paper is a nice change  of medium for me.
Dimensions: 18H"x 24W"
$000 framed
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"The Bulldogging Team"

Watercolor
I try for the feel of the hot sun, or brooding sky, and the smell of horse sweat as saddles squeak while cowboy and horse work together. The landscape and people of the west is what gives inspiration to my art as I capture what will be history in another  time and place.  
Dimensions: 14H"x 18W""
$000 framed
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