Here is my latest painting. The process of it almost haunted me as I swam from color to color, through tawny swirls of soil and rosy blossoms, then finally arrived at a greener palette. It seemed to me to be reflective of an innate tendency to draw toward nature, away from man made material, to be humbled and alive in a force that is greater than us, yet every bit a part of who we are. I feel we all need to go there, lost into nature places,  to remember what we cannot say with words. I still feel a lot of mystery about this work. I wonder if some day I might meet someone who knows the rest of the story. 

When He Himself Is Covered Green, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 12 3/16″ x 15 15/16″.






In 2010 I painted The Gift. I am thrilled that this magical painting will be included and for sale in Herberger Theater Art Gallery’s upcoming  group exhibition, Home for the Holidays. This show will be located at their Arizona Center gallery at 455 N. Third Street, Suite 1200 in Phoenix, AZ, opening reception November 18th, 6-8pm. The show runs from November 18th – January 16th.


Below is a work in progress.


I’ll leave you with a little drawing. Feel all there is with and within the one you love, while you have the time.

I’ll Stay Awake to See Your Colors


My studio is finally getting fleshed out, and three weeks ago I began in earnest to start new works and wrap up ones I’d started on Vashon Island. Here is a miniature work I finished this week. Enjoy the detail pics too! Inspirit, 2016, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/16″, watercolor, ink and pastel.


Below is a recent ink drawing, When They Come, My Relics. I was fascinated by its contexts so much, that I felt it should be the basis for a new painting to explore it further. Beneath it is the work in progress.


Everyone asks me the same question: “Are you settled in yet?”. I moved from Vashon Island back to my hometown, Phoenix, in July. No, I’m not settled in. That’s the simple answer. There’s a lot to getting new rituals in place, making home a home and sinking roots. I think I’ve got a solid start though. Arizona is familiar to me in a way that is integral. I’m thankful to the family and friends who have gathered around us for a hell of a homecoming. It’s been sweet.


As I’m finally catching my breath, I’ve been attending several local gallery openings and the Downtown Phoenix First and Third Friday Art Walks. Below are pics of {9} The Gallery and its solo exhibition by Sky Black. Heard Museum hosted ArtLink Phoenix’s 18th Annual Juried Exhibition. It was a good opportunity to view and appreciate the diverse emerging and established talents who are pushing the art envelope in Phoenix. MonOrchid is always a fave of mine… and I’m glad I could catch their First Friday show by Kris Manzanares.

I’m enjoying finding new places to run. Though I don’t run far (yet), it’s been a regular ritual for years. I find that I work out painting problems, have sudden inspirations or solve daily confusions in the meditative pace. The heat, of course, is the most taxing part of running in Phoenix, but now that it’s cooling down,  I’m hoping to make the miles stretch a little longer.


Here is a painting I finished on Vashon. It is still available at my shopThe Carrier, 2016,
watercolor, ink and pastel, 16″ x 14″.

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Below are details from another work in progress. Started in April, wow, this one has definitely taken its time, but I’m savoring all the twists and turns in the slow process.

To see more of what I’m up to, I’m here at Facebook, and my website/shop. That’s all for now. I should be posting more frequently, now that I’m (mostly!) done with moving boxes, hallelujah. Take care.

I am moving to my hometown, Phoenix, AZ! While it’s been a short chapter on the island of Vashon and the PNW, it has been meaningful and altering. I know I will always feel its affects in my life, my family, my art….

These are some of the drawings that span my time here on “The Rock”.

Extending the Lines Past Faces.2016.300dpi.drawing.ccoe
Extending the Lines
Here You Are.2016.300dpi.drawing.ccoe
TangerineThankfulness at Sunset.2016.300dpi.drawing.ccoe
Thankfulness at Sunset
We Can Feel the Rain in Our Way.2016.300dpi.drawing.ccoe
We Can Feel the Rain in Our Way
In Stead

Mountains and Mesas


The Light Matters

You just never know where life will take you….

Thursday, March 3, 6p-10p. CoCA PS35 | 106 Cherry St | 98104

Grand Opening Artists’ Reception. 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show. Exhibition at PS35 runs through April 23.

Come on by the Grand Opening! This will be a great time. I’ll be in attendance with many other Seattle area artists. My painting, Oscillons, will be part of the digital exhibition.The work is available for purchase at my website and part of the proceeds are donated to support CoCA.


Other continuing 35 Live exhibitions and locations:

Thursday, March 10, 6p-9p CoCA at Rubix | 515 Harvard Avenue East | 98102
Capitol Hill Art Walk Reception. 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show.

Saturday, March 12, 6p-10p. CoCA UN[contained] | 6555 Fifth Ave S | 98108
Georgetown Art Attack Special Events. 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show.

For more details, go to CoCA!

Enjoy the following two new works.

Sun Breaks With Helios, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 13″ x 15 3/4″.

Sun Breaks With Helios2.2016.300dpi.ccoej



Locus One For Another, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 10 1/2″ x 9″.

Locus One For Another.2016.300dpi.ccoe

These new paintings and others are available to purchase at my website:

Ghost Gallery continues to represent the following miniature works, Awake, and Stir. These are a lovely, though unintentional, pairing.



Happy new year to you all! I am pleased to share two new paintings, mixed media works created in watercolor, ink and pastel. They both contain very abstract qualities, characters and are… like my other paintings, very emotional.
The Final Acceptance of Precious Ones, I Am Sure, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 11 3/16″ x 8 15/16″

The Final Acceptance Of Precious Ones, I Am Sure.2015.300dpi.ccoe
The Final Acceptance Of Precious Ones, I Am Sure.2015.400dpi.detail2.ccoe
The Final Acceptance Of Precious Ones, I Am Sure.2015.400dpi.detail3.ccoe
The Final Acceptance Of Precious Ones, I Am Sure.2015.400dpi.detail1.ccoe
Diviners, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 8 15/16″ x 9″

It’s been an extremely first wet winter season in the PNW for me. Record-breaking, in fact. What an induction, let me tell you. There is always water clinging to ferns and filling the bird baths. The skies are blanketed in gray.

Though it’s enticing to only remain cozy inside by the wood stove or behind insulatory windows, it’s important to go adventuring outside into nature and let those subtle and powerful biophilic forces rejuvenate the spirit. There are many, many ecosystems I know very little about here, having recently moved in September. So I’m educating myself as I go. Hearty duck boots (circa 1991) and fingerless mittens help me go warmly sloshing around. Even on the wettest day, I find it newly feasible to zip up my raincoat and go down to the beach. The forest trails are dense and padded down in a mulch of wet leaves and slick soil. New environments and geography inform new adaptations, both aesthetic and in the mind. This is the middle of the dark Seattle area season, no doubt about it. I’m not acclimated to it yet, but I’m letting it in and feeling.


23647710664_1035e5e0f4_oLavished, ink drawing
Slip the Rocks and Water.2016.300dpi.drawing.ccoe
Slip the Rocks and Water, ink drawing

wip.2015.wouldsculptme.3Work in progress, watercolor, ink and pastel.

I’m thrilled to be participating in an upcoming group exhibition. If you are in the Seattle area, come by and visit my work and many others at the lovely Ghost Gallery! I will be attending the artists’ reception.

Annual Miniature Art Extravaganza
Ghost Gallery
Seattle, WA
December 10th, 2015 – February 7th, 2016
Artists’ Reception December 10th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Corner of E Denny Way at Summit & Olive (Entry on Summit Side)

I have four small paintings in the show, including the two below.

Sweetness Then Go Outer Skins

Jewels For My Baleen.2015.400dpi.ccoeJewels For My Baleen

It’s been quite a while since I’ve worked on very small pieces. I like the refinement of brushstrokes and condensing thoughts into such a little space. I think of it like creating a mini pandora’s box…. Here are two I’ve just finished. Enjoy!

This first one is Jewels for My Baleen, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 5 1/2″x 4 1/8″ (framed 9 1/2″ x 8 1/8″).

Jewels For My Baleen.2015.400dpi.ccoe
Jewels For My Baleen.2015.detail1.400dpi.ccoe
And, Sweetness Then Go Outer Skins, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 4″ x 4 1/4″ (framed 9″ x 9 1/4″).

Sweetness Then Go Outer Skins.Detail1.2015.400dpi.ccoe
Sweetness Then Go Outer Skins.Detail1.2015.ccoe

If you are interested in my work, you can visit more and sign up for my newsletter at You can also reach out to me at my Facebook page.

More drawings today! 
But Out of the Box, Full Circle.2015.300dpi.drawing.ccoe

But Out of the Box, Full Circle
My Plummets, Rest and Resonance.2015.300dpi.drawing.ccoe

My Plummets, Rest and Resonance
Oh Come Here, Girl.2015.300dpi.drawing.ccoe

Oh Come Here, Girl

Take care out there.

Charmagne's turquoise

I am mostly settled into my new home art studio in Vashon, WA.  It is a bright space with just the right amount of room to maneuver several paintings at once in various states of progress.  Favorite mementos and pictures are arranged. The scanner is ready for business. Outside my window is a small Japanese Maple that keeps me company in rain or shine… mostly rain these days. It has been at least two months since I’ve been able to really dedicate time to to serious art projects during the transition from Flagstaff. For the last two weeks, I’ve tried to hit the ground running and do feel back in a flow of drawing, painting, writing poetry, correspondence and visiting regional artists and gallery spaces. Here are some samples of my recent creativity. The Seeds of Stretch Marks the Body.2015.300dpi.drawing.ccoe (2)

The Seeds of Stretch Marks the Body


Enveloping Yet Another.2015.300dpi.drawing.ccoeEnveloping

22817006581_187b764aba_oTwo of many paintings in progress.


In my future are many day-trips to surrounding Seattle and Tacoma. I’ve taken a few already and found myself basking in a botanical garden, playing pinball, eating bacon on a stick, watching salmon jump at Ballard Locks and reading/viewing the thoughtfully curated “Painting Poetry” exhibit at Women Painters of Washington Gallery.

Most of the time, I’m at my house nesting and painting. Vashon is a rare gem of a place — a small island with much to uncover.  I am not even close to being used to all the gray weather and rain, but the temperatures are fairly mild and nature is exquisitely unfettered. Just the other day, I was sitting on my deck sketching quietly when suddenly the neighbor’s geese exploded in a hullabaloo of angry honking. A large bald eagle flew over them, then landed in a towering fir tree nearby. Well, no wonder, I thought.

Painting and Drawing Gallery


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Charmagne Coe, Artist

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