Sanborn, Jolene

Community: Sequim
Phone: 425-891-1395
Media: painting

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists)

Artist Statement

Nature has always been my passion. Since childhood, the beauty and wildness surrounding us has captivated me. Living in the Pacific NW stirs my need for creative expression as I watch salmon returning to our creeks, observe Swans and Snow Geese wintering in the Skagit Valley or the clouds playing across our mountains. I am driven to paint what I see and feel! I strive to honor the magnificence and uniqueness of our environment in my work. I want to capture the essence of my subjects in my painting. Watercolor provides me with a medium that allows me to express not only the softness of a scene, but also the outrageous colors I experience all around me. My goal is that through my work, the viewer will see and feel my emotions about the subjects I paint and be moved, as I was moved.


My family is full of artists, my father being one of them. I grew up watching him paint with oils and acrylics. He was always asking me what I was “seeing” with an artist’s eye. In 2000 I leapt into watercolor, the medium no one in my family had tackled and I haven’t looked back! I am self-taught for the most part but have worked with several Washington artists. They each have had a profound impact on my work. They are Judith McNea, Owen Hall, Deanne Lemley, Ann Breckon, Nancy Taylor Stonington, Eric Wiengardt and Kay Barnes.

My work is or has been displayed at the following galleries and shows:

2016 Blackwater Trading Co.
2016 Olympic Peninsula Art Asso. Members Exhibition, Third Place
2015 Sequim Arts Members Exhibition-People’s Choice Award
2015 The Heatherton Gallery Port Angeles, WA
2014 The American Art Gallery Tacoma, WA
2014 NWWS International Open Exhibition
2013 NWWS Waterworks
2013 EAFA Members Show – People’s Choice Award
2013 NWWS - Overlake Hospital
2012 NWWS Waterworks
2001-2004 Issaquah Art Gallery Invitational Shows
2004 Performing Arts Eastside Art Exhibition

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