Doreen Koch Allen's Garden Fantasia Wins 2018 Art Competition

Garden Fantasia (40” high x 30” wide, acrylics) by Doreen Koch Allen

West Seattle Garden Tour is thrilled to reveal the artwork entitled Garden Fantasia by Edgewood, Washington artist Doreen Koch Allen has been selected as the winner of the 2018 annual art competition. 

Doreen is best known for her exuberant, color-infused paintings. Working primarily in watercolor and mixed media, inclusive of pastels and acrylics, her creations are often whimsical and playful. Her deep love of nature and its offerings of detail, pattern, texture, and color are elements often found in her work. Frequently she listens to music while painting outdoors, surrounded by her extensive gardens, which will usually influence the direction of her artwork. 

Her process for Garden Fantasia involved painting many successive layers to establish an interesting underpainting. From that point, she pulled out desired images through negative painting, bringing to the forefront the resulting positive shapes, blooms and botanical elements. The 40” high x 30” wide piece was painted in acrylics and uses a variety of found objects to imprint the canvas, replicating interesting textures found in nature. 

Garden Fantasia will be featured on the 2018 Garden Tour’s official poster and ticket book. Doreen will also receive a $500 cash prize. West Seattle Garden Tour will auction the artwork on the day of the tour, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Bids will be taken in one of the gardens from 9am to 5pm. Proceeds will benefit the year’s designated beneficiaries.

The submission period for the 2019 art competition will open this fall.