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Every patient deserves a room with a view. "LandEscape" inspirational painting series will transform bare medical walls into windows.
Every patient deserves a room with a view. "LandEscape" inspirational painting series will transform bare medical walls into windows.
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Here's my Story:

My name is Colleen Darby and I am an inspirational artist

I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where I've spent the majority of my career working in the advertising field. In 2008, a series of career events left me questioning what to do with my life. Thanks to these challenges, I was sent down a path that has profoundly changed myself and my art. I accepted a position to work as an artist in residence in a new arts in healthcare initiative created by the Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo. I worked for three years at Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

The goal of my work was to help patients and family members escape from the stress of a hospital stay by using the power of their imaginations.

I believe that this creative meditative state promotes healing. It is truly amazing to see the arts transform people. This project is an extension of that same idea...
The LandEscape painting series will offer patients an escape from their environment through their imagination.

Introduction to the Project:

The inspiration for this project came from an experience I had while working on the oncology floor. I remember it was a sunny Spring morning when I walked into a patient's room and said, “What a beautiful day it is outside.” The patient looked back at me from her bed and said “It always looks the same from here.” I felt like I had made such an insensitive comment. But in that awkward moment, I had this thought:

Every patient deserves a room with a view.

My goal for this project is to give them that view. 

What I plan to do: 

I am taking a month off from my day job. I am leaving my home, my friends and my family to retreat to a place where I can be totally focused. I am completely dedicating my time and my energy to immerse myself in creating art with a specific purpose.

I will create twenty inspirational landscape paintings specifically for the healthcare environment.

I am committed to getting these paintings installed in exam rooms, infusion units and waiting rooms, because I know these are places where patients are uncomfortable and nervous. The paintings will offer patients and their families an escape from the sterile, cold medical environment, which is why the series is titled:

LandEscapes

The paintings will depict views of more inviting places. They will include a road or a path to draw the viewer in, and the canvas will be filled with positive uplifting messages.

The budget for this project includes: 

  • Lodging 
  • Travel 
  • Canvas 
  • Paint 
  • Photography 
  • Printed material for collage 
  • Computer and video equipment 
  • Printed promotional material 

What you'll receive in return for your pledge:

I am offering a variety incentives like:

  • limited edition signed prints
  • original art
  • sketches
  • access to my live painting sessions via webcam
  • a dedication collaged into one of the paintings
  • And lots more...

The very first inspirational “LandEscape” painting,"LandEscape#1", is being offered exclusively through Kickstarter.

The original painting and signed prints of this painting are only available for these 50 days. Never again will this painting be reproduced in any form.

You will know when you look at this piece of art that you were part of something special, that you took action to make a positive difference in someone's life and supported a dream.

You don't have to keep the print for yourself. You can give it to someone special or to a medical facility that you know needs a transformation!   

I am so grateful for your support and interest in my project!

About the painting: 

LandEscape#1 was inspired by my own journey, my struggles through life and health crises. The theme of the first painting is to:

Keep Going and Believe.

I’ve used bright colors and a vast sky to help free the viewer from where they are and to invite them in, to relax in this sunny place. I hope you enjoy the first painting from the series and the inspiration behind it!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'll send updates over the next 50 days with our progress! 

Thank you so very much!!!

The Studies (sketches) for the LandEscape Series.

The studies are on 9x12" acrylic paper and come framed in window like frames. The studies (sketches) will be used as reference for the 24x30" paintings.
You might have noticed LandEscape #17 is missing. I would appreciate some audience participation. What would you like to see out of your window? 

I hope you enjoy the view.

LandEscape 1
LandEscape 1
LandEscape 2
LandEscape 2
LandEscape 3
LandEscape 3
LandEscape 4
LandEscape 4
LandEscape 5
LandEscape 5
LandEscape 6 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 6 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 7 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 7 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 8
LandEscape 8
LandEscape 9
LandEscape 9
LandEscape 10 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 10 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 11
LandEscape 11
LandEscape 12 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 12 (inscription taken)
LandEscape 13
LandEscape 13
LandEscape 14
LandEscape 14
LandEscape 15
LandEscape 15
LandEscape 16
LandEscape 16
LandEscape 18
LandEscape 18

Risks and challenges

I have given myself just one month to complete 20 paintings, not a lot of time.
That’s why it is so important for me to lead a life of total seclusion while I am doing this. I know there will be a lot of people out there supporting me and praying for me. I have been blessed with the skills and sensitivity to create a better place for patients and their families. I have created the sketches for 18 of my paintings. I can’t wait to get to painting! I am determined to succeed!

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    YOU PICK! Get your choice of one 24x30" Limited Edition Giclee (fine art canvas print) Stretched on wood bars and ready to hang, Signed & Numbered by Colleen, from the series "Land Escapes". Complete set of 6x9” Post Cards and you’ll get access to my 30 day painting blog..

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    ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR THEM!
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    You get YOUR CHOICE of two different 24x30" Limited Edition Giclee (fine art canvas print) Stretched on wood bars and ready to hang, Signed & Numbered by Colleen, from the series "Land Escapes". complete set of 6x9” Post Cards and you’ll get access to my 30 day painting blog.

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    I will come to your special event and PAINT LIVE! (up to 4 hours) and create a painting just for you. Great for fundraisers and special events. (Includes travel within 500 mile radius of Buffalo, NY.) Various dates available, contact me if you have questions.

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