An award winning SF Bay Area painter, Colleen
Proppé specializes in landscape paintings, and
cycling scenes. She is available for commissions.
Farm & Ranch Life
Not only do I have a passion for the landscapes of West Marin and the organic producers and proprietors that work these lands, but I love organic food and the sustainable farming and packaging movements. I have worked as the volunteer communications coordinator for Art on the Farm for 5 years, and feel very connected to our local farmers. I have worked for "Nutiva", an organic, non-GMO superfoods company in Pt Richmond. I love healthy food, healthy lifestyle and helping to give back to those in our community who are working to make this planet a better place for our children. PURCHASE PRINTS
"Spirit Rock with Yellow Mustard", San Geronimo Valley, CAo/c 48" x 36", Private Collection" PURCHASE PRINT
Grass-Fed by Tomales Bay
6" x 6" oil created for Bolinas Museum Small Works Show.
Gospel Flat Chicken
Created as part of artonthefarm.info
"I'm All Ears" sheep at RedHill Farms
12" x 24" oil on canvas Professionally framed by "The Painter's Place" Larkspur, CA $1,000 (50% to Marin Organic during their Holiday Auction 2013) PURCHASE PRINT
24" x 48" o/c w/natural, pine frame. Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd. headed towards Pt. Reyes Station, just before Bob Gallagher's Bridge. (available)
Mt. Barnabe Farm
12" x 24" o/c. Lagunitas, CA. Sold to the Farm.
Cerini Ranch Barns + Tractor
Painted en plein air with "Art on the Farm" 2012. Two, 8 x 10 canvases- Framed size, 12" x 24". (Pt. Reyes Winery Collection)
Truck Stop Chickens
16" x 20" o/c. Painted en plein air with "Art on the Farm" in Tomales, CA (available)
6" x 6" mini painting. I created 4 of these, all unique, but the same image. SOLD
Grass Fed at Chimney Rock Ranch
16" x 20" o/c. Point Reyes National Seashore, Farm. Snyder Family Collection, San Anselmo, CA
3 Cows, 1 Iris
16" x 20" o/c. Pt. Reyes, CA. SOLD
Grass Fed at Chimney Rock Ranch
On display in a solo exhibit at Local Flora, San Anselmo
Solo Exhibit at Local Flora
San Anselmo, CA All paintings have sold.
"The Bobble Tree" Flander's Ranch
16" x 20", o/c. San Geronimo, CA Donated to Local Charity Auction
Martinelli Ranch, Route 1
16" x 40", o/c. Diptych. Farm overlooking Tomales Bay, with the Pt. Reyes Winery and Vineyards in the Background. Private Collection, Old Greenwich, CT
I have been painting bikes and cyclists since 2005. It started with a single painting of my favorite, local coffee shop in San Anselmo, where all the cyclists and mt. bikes would begin their Saturday rides. The town banded together to purchase my painting for the shop owner. My personal love of biking and cycling has kept me painting scenes with bikes since then. Contact me | PURCHASE PRINTS
16" x 20" o/c. Bike on Ridgcrest Blvd, Mt. Tam. Hromada Family Collection, Fairfax, CA PURCHASE PRINT
Fort Mason Bike Commuters
My most recent contract job in San Francisco allowed me the privilege of doing a partial bike commute, sometimes from Sausalito to work, and other days, from the Presidio over Fort Mason hill to North Point. This is a painting celebrating my favorite part of the commute, on a morning where the rain had just stopped and the sun was warming the trees over Fort Mason. This oil painting on 1.5" stretched canvas is 18" x 36" or 3 feet wide, but 1.5 feet tall. Available $3,000. contact the artist PURCHASE PRINT
Mill Valley Bike Path
A cyclist in brilliant red passes through colors of late, afternoon light on the bike path in Mill Valley. Started summer of 2013, as a project using Google Glass to photograph bikes in the landscape, but completed in October of 2015. 4 ft. x 30" (48" x 30") oil on canvas. Available: $4,000. Purchase online PURCHASE PRINT
24" x 48" o/c. Bike on Ridgecrest Blvd at sunset. Waite Family Collection, San Anselmo PURCHASE PRINT
Cyclist Dwarfed by Elephant Mountain
30" x 30" o/c. West Marin. L. Adair Family & Friends Collection, San Francisco, CA PURCHASE PRINT
La Coppa Coffee; Bikes Downtown
18" x 24" o/c, Mill Valley, CAPrivate Collection, Sausalito, CA PURCHASE PRINT
Detail: Bikes in Downtown Mill Valley
Private Collection, Sausalito, CA
Bikes at the Depot, Mill Valley
14" x 18" o/c. Plein air painting on location in 2008, during the Mill Valley Paint-Out. Private Collection, Healdsburg, CA PURCHASE PRINT
Crossing the Gate
18" x 24" o/c. Woman crossing the Golden Gate Bridge by bike with the speed limit 45 sign showing. Available: Contact me to purchase PURCHASE PRINT
City Bike 1: Washington & Polk
16" x 20" o/c. Sold from STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco in "City Streets" exhibit, 2012. Private Collection, San Francisco. PURCHASE PRINT
I used to sketch a lot of architectural renderings of buildings in my art school days. I painted churches and homes in the Dordongne region of Southern France and the churches in Paris. At RISD, I sketched every step and the banister of the house I was dorming in on Benefit Street. Here in Marin, I have enjoyed capturing several of our favorite local haunts too, from coffee shops to chapels. It is wonderful to be able to document structures we love in paint.
12" x 16" o/c. Commission created for L. Berg, San Anselmo, CA
Growing up on the East Coast near Long Island Sound, I was constantly by the water. I am fortunate enough to say that swim team, sailing, synchronized swimming, lifeguarding, boating, fishing and windsurfing were all a part of my childhood. I have lived in Boston and Maine, also enjoying time on the Charles, in Cape Cod and on many lakes in New Hampshire and Maine. My first marriage was on an amazing lake in Maine. In Northern California, I spend a lot of time in Inverness and at the many beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore. My sons are learning to surf in Bolinas and at Stinson Beach. What a joy it is for me to have always been close to the water.
King's Beach, Lake Tahoe 1991. o/c 24 x 36 Private Collection, Old Greenwich, CT
Water Colored Memories
Oquossoc, Maine 1997. Gauche on paper.
Private Collection, Old Greenwich, CT.
A Lighthouse in Maine
Private Collection, Old Greenwich, CT
Trees and Mountains
Trees and Mountains are all around us, and are frequently painted in my landscape work. It is amazing to me how unique the trees of California are, as compared to those on the East Coast.
Jelly Hill Farm
24" x 36" o/c The Widmer Family Collection, Fairfield, Connecticut
Kaui Tree Swing
Private Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
Nicasio Fence Post with Orange Lichen
5 feet x 3 feet, oil on canvas Abessa Family Collection, San Anselmo, CA
Tree at Flander's Ranch
San Geronimo, California, Private Collection.
Mt. Tam from Bon Tempe Meadows
11" x 14" o/c. Private Collection, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Mt. Tam with Lemon Tree
Fairfax Fresh, Fairfax, CA Private Collection, San Anselmo, CA
White's Hill & Loma Alta from Pine Mt.
16" x 20", o/c. Snyder Family Collection, San Anselmo, CA
"Au Pairs Night Out" or "Night Kitchen"
Three, curvy pears of European decent head to San Francisco for a night of dancing and fun after caring for children of high tech executives... or, Three organic, non-GMO pears from CUESA market at the Embarcadero enjoying the night view from a kitchen window before their am breakfast date with Mr. Whole Grain Oatmeal. Farm meets city... Who knows? Maybe you have a better story.