Coleen Bradfield: Acrylic Artist
Coleen Bradfield is an artist, an educator and a scientist. She is also a wife, mother and grandmother. As a child she was a constant doodler and her hobby of painting, drawing and sculpting in clay continued right into college. Coleen’s academic career began at Ohio State University where she majored in Fine Art. Marriage and children took her back to her beloved state of Florida where she completed her academic journey at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. For years her career was teaching students chemistry and research and later being involved in research herself. This left little time for her passion for painting and sculpting. Now in retirement with children grown she is able to indulge in her lifelong love of the arts.
Coleen loves painting and exploring various mediums including mixed media, encaustics and resins. She often approaches painting in an intuitive manner where the focus is on layers of colors and shapes. Using fluid and heavy bodied acrylics with varying degrees of opacity is her preference as it allows her to play with composition and values which often combines the abstract and representational. Coleen has been painting zebras in acrylic and oil since the 1960’s and continues to enjoy incorporating patterns of nature, wildlife and birds, especially shore birds and owls in many of her paintings. While she still has times when she immerses herself in reality and her classical training it is the process of creating and sharing that she loves. Coleen also sculpts in clay. She took a sabbatical from teaching to complete an internship in sculpting and foundry work and has in recent years started transforming her clay sculptures into bronze. Her paintings and sculptures have won numerous awards and been exhibited in galleries and homes throughout the United States as well as Germany and Austria.