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What is Color Splash Ranch?
Color Splash Ranch is a very small farm in a very beautiful, but rural corner of Iowa. The artist, Nicole P. O'Brien, is living her best life there with her family and farm animal friends. The scenic corner of northeast Iowa, where she resides, is filled with rolling hills and limestone cliffs where the color, sights, and sounds of four full seasons produce the full spectrum of nature's color wheel as well as an abundance of wildlife. Color Splash Ranch derives it's name from the diversity of animal, plant, sky and atmospheric colors that creates an ever-changing palette of inspiration for her work.
Artist's Inspiration Statement:
"Art to me is an act of worship. Every stroke is an unspoken prayer of gratitude to God, who inspires me to continually give thanks for the colors, sights, sounds, textures, and beauty we absorb through our senses. As the ultimate Creator, He inspires the created to create. Although there may be unpleasant experiences in our world, we can overshadow them by deliberately choosing to surround ourselves with that which is peaceful, lovely, beautiful, uplifting, and brings us joy.
Each work incorporates elements of the accidental, as the often unpredictable nature of watercolor sometimes determines for me what the painting will become. I like to think that I am creating in partnership with God as He provides the colors, resources, and inspiration, while I simply add my interpretation to the final work. Although my art encompasses a variety of subjects, the purpose is always to bring the viewer to a place of peace, tranquility, happiness, healing, and gratitude- a life long pursuit of mine. I hope you find that viewing my art does exactly that for you and takes you to a place of refuge where all is right in your world."
Iowa State University: BA Art & Design
University of Iowa: MA Art History ; MBA
2020-2021 Juried Exhibitor, Portraits of the Pandemic Exhibit, Dubuque Museum of Art, Oct. 24th 2020- February 7th 2021, "Reflections from Home."
2019 Oelwein Public Library 5th Annual Art Show, Best of Show: "Porpoises at Play"
2019 Oelwein Public Library 5th Annual Art Show, 2nd Place, "Perspective."
2021 Juried Exhibitor, Reinbeck Art Festival; Reinbeck, IA
2021 Juried Exhibitor, Art in the Park; Elkader, IA
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