Fresh Perspectives by Kari McIntosh: Colette Cosentino


Designer Kari McIntosh’s work is widely respected for its artistic elements and thoughtful details. We are thrilled to announce an on-going editorial series in collaboration with McIntosh entitled “Fresh Perspectives” that will shed light on some of the most talented and undiscovered artists of our time. This week, we launch her column featuring the works and words of acclaimed painter Colette Cosentino.

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After an extraordinarily challenging year, the light at the end of the tunnel is shining bright. It’s spring and with that ushers in optimism, new growth and everything joyful for the promise of what is to come in the year ahead. In that spirit, I wanted to share more about Colette Cosentino, an artist I admire for her creativity, constant state of forward motion and positive energy. I met Colette over Instagram when she messaged me in early 2019 about her work. I then had the pleasure of visiting her studio in Santa Barbara where I learned more about her process and work. That was when I first heard of her wallpaper launch with F. Schumacher.  Having just received my samples, I can attest that they are stunning! Ethereal and dreamy with a sophisticated modern palette of ivory, matte black, and teal. I am thrilled to include her work “Joy” in my latest client installation in Burlingame.

Colette has worked as an artist for over 30 years, creating murals and wall coverings as well as paintings, illustrations and drawings. A late bloomer, she feels as though she is just getting started. She works in her flagship art studio and gallery in downtown Santa Barbara, where she creates and exhibits her work that she has shared with many elite designers, her favorite and on top of that list is Mr. John Saladino. I asked Colette more about her approach to painting, her outlook for the year and ahead and what she does to recharge. – Kari McIntosh

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What three things are you most looking forward to this year?  This year I am launching a few artful products. While still in the prototype mode, we are working out the kinks and so excited roll them out one by one. Stay tuned!

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What is something you recently created that you can’t stop thinking about? I am working on a very large piece entitled, Life, A Work In Progress (11 ft x 12 ft mixed media on loose canvas).  I am excited to finish it, have it photographed and create hand embellished prints with different applications from portions of it.  I think there is a whole collection of “something” there and it is exciting to think about.

Best way to recharge when you are running out of energy?  When I get tired, I first try switching gears.  This may mean simply starting work on another project, or sometimes I will sit down and play the piano and practice a new song.  I do have a “napping sofa” in the studio, so, often I will just take a nap!  

-Which part of your job do you love the most?  Well, so many aspects I am in love with.  I sure do like being my own boss though.

What is the best advice you have ever received?  “Thoughts become things” has been the most factual bit that I have taken to heart. I am very much into personal development and have gleaned much from books like, What to Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter.

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For more information or to visit Colette Cosentino Atelier, visit:
11 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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