About the Artist

Colleen D. Gjefle photo in black and whiteI’m a great animal lover and share my home with several dogs. I’ve been a vegan/vegetarian for many, many years (for moral and ethical reasons – after all, how can I say I love animal and then participate in their deaths?). My spirituality is a blend of spiritualism and science, with a dash of Zen and paganism thrown in for some added “color”. I enjoy working in my garden/yard, puttering around the house doing DIY, nature walks with my dogs, galleries and museums, horror/sci-fi movies, wine and whiskey. I used to be a professional photographer, but now I’m doing fine-art photography just for personal enjoyment.

I’ve bought and sold two homes in Philadelphia, PA but when I realized I needed to get out, I purchased a historic home in Delaware that was built in the 1820’s.

I strive for personal and artistic growth and gaining a greater awareness of who I really am and what the Universe around me is really like (which is not always what the eye sees). It’s not always an easy pursuit, but as the old saying goes, it’s the journey that counts. I also present a page dedicated to my late parents, who I loved very much and will miss until the day I die, when I will see them both again.

“To understand everything is to forgive everything” – Buddha

Miscellaneous Professional

I’m self-taught as an artist with paintings in numerous private collections in both North America and Europe, including many commissioned works.

Listed in “International Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women” (published by the American Biographical Institute) and in “2000 Outstanding Artists & Designers of the 20th Century”, a reference publication of the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.

Progressive Equilibrium” was selected to be included in the 2009 Manayunk Art Center calendar.

The Premonition had a Relapse” and “Chinese Zodiac Tiger” were accepted in the “Great Juried Show 2009” juried by James McFarlane, president of the American Watercolor Society. “Chinese Zodiac Tiger” was awarded “No Bare Walls Award for Excellence in Surrealism”.

Various paintings have been used in other publications including Schuylkill Valley Journal, Brainworld, Niederngasse (Germany).

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Artwork featured in Print

Selection of Exhibitions

2016
Gallery at Painted Stave Distillery, Smyrna DE

2011
“Absolutely Abstract” Exhibition – 443gallery, Philadephia PA

2010
“Between the Waterways” Exhibition – 443gallery, Philadephia PA
Please Look and Touch Me – University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
Group Exhibition – Rosetree Holistic Health, Media PA

2009
Feature Show: Outside the BoxManayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
“Bella Toscana” Exhibition – 443gallery, Philadephia PA
Annual Juried Show – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Gallery Show –
Catherine Zeidler Gallery, Philadelphia  PA
Solo Exhibition –
Ven & Vaida Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Relationships –
Manayunk Artists’ Co-Op, Philadelphia PA
Grand Small Works
– FUEL Collection, Philadephia PA

2008
Grand Small Works – FUEL Collection, Philadephia PA
Gallery Artists
– 443gallery, Philadephia PA
Small Works – Manayunk Artists’ Co-Op, Philadelphia PA
Annual Members’ Show – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
The Art of Politics – Manayunk Artists’ Co-Op, Philadelphia PA
Serenity and Whimsy in Art – Manayunk Artists’ Co-Op, Philadelphia PA
Poe & Dickens – Characters & Themes – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia

2007
Featured Artist – 443gallery, Philadephia PA
100 Paintings for $100 (Miniatures) – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Art to Die For – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Spring Group Show – Manayunk Artists’ Co-Op, Philadelphia PA
Works on Paper Juried Show – Mainline Art Center, Havertown PA
Faces & Places – Manayunk Artists’ Co-Op, Philadelphia PA

2006
Annual Members’ Show – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
50th Anniversary Auction – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Spring Group Show – Manayunk Artists’ Co-op, Philadelphia PA
Fall Group Show – Manayunk Artists’ Co-op, Philadelphia PA

2005
Solo Show, Abuse Series – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Cool Art in the Summer Heat – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Annual Members’ Show – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA

2004
Three Person – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Annual Members’ Show – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA

2003
Solo Show – Surrealism – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Annual Members’ Show – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA

2000 and earlier
Several Group Shows – Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia PA
Invitational Show – Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia, PA
Global Artists for Tibet – Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia, PA
Select Works – Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia, PA
Portraits, Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia, PA
Nudes Invitational Exhibition, Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia, PA
Three Person Show – Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia PA
Contemporary Realism – Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia PA
Solo Presentation – Church of Eternal Life, Westville, NJ
Positive World Visions – Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Group Show – Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, Philadelphia PA
Group Show – Odds’n’Blends, Philadelphia PA
Free Painters & Sculptors Group Show – Loggia Gallery, London, England
Not The Royal Academy – Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, England
Solo Exhibit – Cambridge Spiritualist Society, Cambridge, England
Heads – Loggia Gallery, London England
Not The Royal Academy – Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, England
New Works – Loggia Gallery, London England
Solo Presentation – Acton Spiritualist House, London, England
Solo Exhibit – SAWCA Theater Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Group Show – Womens Caucus for Art, San Antonio, TX
Group Show – San Antonio Art League, San Antonio, TX
Group Show – River Arts Group, San Antonio, TX
Group Show – Brooks Library, San Antonio, TX
Group Show – Carver Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX