About the Artist, Coleen McIntyre
Since Childhood I have had a passion for painting and creating using anything I could get my hands on. Born and raised in New Jersey I left to pursue my education at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. During my time at the University I had a chance to experiment with a multitude of different mediums and fine tune my artwork. I graduated with a BFA in illustration hoping to pursue a career in illustration.
After Graduation I began a journey across the US to try to find some inspiration. Through my adventures cross country I fell in love with Portland, Oregon. The surrounding lush scenery seemed a perfect back drop for my artwork and seemed very conducive to my creative process. With the help of my family and friends and a lot of hard work I opened my art studio Faerie Tales in 2000. During a trip to Ireland that same year I began to explore a deeper interest into mythic themes. My Logo and many of my faerie paintings were inspired by this trip.
I derive most inspiration from folk tales, children's books, songs, and dreams. In these times where our world is filled with so much chaos and hatred I enjoy giving my audience a break into a different kind of world. I find peace in the surreal fantasy world I create in my artwork and I hope to pass this on to others. It serves as a good retreat from the harsh reality of every day life, to be reminded of one's childlike fantasies and dreams.
My fellow Faerie folk may want to begin their journey through my website by clicking on the "faeries and mystic" leaf in the top menu. For all other gifts from my imagination, click on the "animals and miscellaneous" leaf.