STORE:

Are you available for commissions?

Presently I am not taking on commissions. You are always more than welcome to email me a proposal, but I am currently focusing on my own personal work. If a project is right up my alley however, I do make the odd exception.

Where can I buy prints?

Thank you for your patience to those who have inquired about the purchasing of prints! I do not have prints available for sale at this time. I hope to have an online print store available to the public by the end of 2019. In the mean time, I am investing time into building a body of work that I am proud of. Original existing pieces are for sale in my store. Please do not make prints of my work without my permission and appropriate compensation.


EDUCATION:

Do you think art school is worthwhile?

The short answer: Yes. It was a pivotal experience in my life and I'm grateful that I completed my two years in such an amazing program with the inspiring, supportive, and challenging teachers that I had. Being in that program forced me to significantly improve my fundamentals in a compressed timeline.

That being said, there are plenty of avenues available for exploration to learn the type of visual arts you would like to pursue. Schoolism is an incredible online experience and I also have taken many smaller classes over the years, from live model drop-in's, to a week long oil portrait painting class with artist Justin Ogilvie. I don't think art school is necessary, nor is it well suited to everyone's lifestyle or personality, let alone financially possible for many. However, having this on my resume has helped in finding art related volunteer positions and jobs. I was really lucky in that every single one of my teachers was engaging and dedicated to their students and our variety of needs. I often miss the social aspect of school, and the constructive criticism regularly available was incredibly helpful. Art school was where I learned a lot of things about myself that I don't know if I would have anywhere else. It's definitely an experience where you get out of it what you put in. If I had the money to do so, I would absolutely return to complete a MFA, and I may even pursue this in the future. I was able to explore media like clay, wood, and plaster that I may not have otherwise. Overall, I'm glad I went into the program that I did. But by no means do you need a degree to be a professional artist.


MISC:

Are you still available for hire as a photographer?

It depends! You can email me at colleen.fiddler@gmail.com to pitch your project to me, and if it's something that I feel I would be the right fit for and am excited about, then I would love to chat more with you. However, photography has become more of a personal hobby for me. For a professional currently working portrait photographers in the area, I highly recommend Neal Merrel. He is the amazing photographer behind my portraits and the photos of my studio on this website! I would also recommend Tim Potter Photography and Karmen Meyer.

What supplies do you use?

Drawing: Copic Sketch Markers, Staedtler Pigment Liners, Pigma Graphic Archival Ink pens, and Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils - For digital work I use the Wacom Intuos Pro and Photoshop

Brushes: For watercolours and gouache I love the blue Princeton Select brushes. For acrylic and oil painting I favour the Princeton Art & Brush Co. Umbria brushes.

Paints: M. Graham & Co. gouache, Holbein Acryla gouache, Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolor ink, M. Graham & Co. Artists' Watercolors, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors, and Golden Acrylics. I favour Gamblin for oil paint and mediums like their Cold Wax Medium and Walnut Alkyd Medium.

Substrates: Fluid watercolor paper, Arches cold press paper, & Gotrick Masters Selection Wood Panels