"Technique is to painting what melody is to music. Make your paints sing with beauty."
Welcome to my website. My name is Mongina Cole or friends call me Gina. I am Thai, a painter and an MRI Technologist at the VA hospital. I first picked up a paintbrush after finishing college and found myself looking for some other kind of passion to enrich my life. I am a self-taught artist. I do not pursue the likeness in my paintings but rather to capture the essence and create the connection with the subject I am working on. I am also a volunteer artist at the VA hospital providing free art classes for our veterans. If you are a veteran, contact me to find out how you can join our art class program at our local VA in Boise.
My favourite mediums is oil but I also work with acrylics, pastels, ink, charcoal, and graphite. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
I enjoy painting people and animals focusing on capturing their spirits. I do not pursue the likeness in my paintings but rather to capture the essence and create the connection with the subject I am working on.
Check out this great video of the auction of my art piece "Floating the River"