Priscilla Coote, American
Priscilla Coote is a tonalist in a colorist world. Immersed in the saturated hues of the Florida Keys, she distills from it something entirely different from the common perception, creating a “parallel universe” of mood and an atmosphere of an earlier time.
Priscilla has succeeded in marrying the somber with the saturated; the shadows of old wood with the neon electricity of sunlit water, to create her unique expression of this idyllic environment. She is able to unify her tonalist’s love of deep shadow and variety of values with the brilliance of her sunlit surroundings, in a way uniting our present existence with the whispers of the past.
Priscilla gathers her inspiration directly from the light and mood of her immediate surroundings, by painting several times a week en plein air, outdoors on-site. She carries her inspiration into the studio, and filters it through her knowledge gained from years of painting into a projection of the moment she can share with the viewer, who so often comments, "I feel as if I am immersed in the scene" when viewing her oil canvases.
Priscilla has garnered several recent accolades, including America's Top 100 for two paintings, the "Award for Excellence in Oils" at the 48th Founders Exhibition in Naples, FL, and First Place at Coconut Grove En Plein Air. She has been juried into Plein Air Easton and has five works showcased in the "Best of America Artists" series.