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When I first saw Birth it struck me as unique and something special.  I had seen nothing like it.  Then Carleen shared her personal story behind Birth and I loved it even more.  Birth is the story of the two little ones that Carleen's family dug out of the sand and the celebration as the two new souls made tracks to the water.  The birth experience is brought to life for us with Carleen's brush.  


Birth graces a wall in our home.  It continues to bring me tranquility, peace, and hope -- and is much loved.         


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We bought “Honu’ about 6 years ago for our new home and it is as relevant to us now as it was then.  Our past travels have often included the ocean and snorkelling, where our biggest thrill was sea creatures, including sea turtles.  “Honu' is a happy reminder of those times.  Every time I look at him, I smile - both inside and out!          

Fay De Forest

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Sea Turtle II

A few years back, my wife and I were having coffee in a Second Cup.  I noticed  beautiful turtle art on the wall.  I thought, “What a great photograph!  I went to take a closer look and realized that it was not a photograph but rather an original art painting.  The realism was incredible.  I knew I had to have it when I saw that the art  in Second Cup was for sale.  We contacted Carleen and bought it.  We gave it to my daughter who was living in Mexico at that time and is an avid SCUBA diver and lover of all things oceanic.  The painting now graces her home.  I love seeing it every time we visit!

Al Borkent

Original Artwork Client Testimonials

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Just Floating

I love to SCUBA dive and have been to some great locations.  But regardless of location, the biggest thrill for me is to see a Sea Turtle.  I am fortunate enough to have had a couple of close encounters.  So when I saw Carleen painting Just Floating at the Art Walk a couple of years ago, I knew that this partially complete painting would be special.  Carleen was painting it from a photograph that a relative of hers had taken while SCUBA diving.  It brought back such great memories of my own experiences.  I bought the painting right then and there.  I had just one request… please finish it!  A few weeks later, the painting was  delivered and it is a joy to see one of the great ocean species enjoying life.

Al Borkent

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We commissioned a painting by Carleen and she did not disappoint. Our large sea turtle, “Sweetheart,” hangs in our dining room and fits our decor beautifully. We love to look at it and it has been a nice conversation piece as well. Thank you Carleen!

Angela & Scott Endres

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I purchased Awakenings in July 2020. I love this piece so much! I sit and stare at it for hours some days and I feel a huge sense of calm and peace as I look at the picture. Carleen is truly a talented artist to have captured such life in her paintings, I’m honoured to have this piece in my home. Thank you for allowing me to have this beautiful painting!

Christina Johnson