“Skull with Rose Zentangle Mosaic” by Courtney Coolbaugh

I enjoy creating artwork about personal transformation and recovery. Using oil paint and a palette knife, I build layers of texture and color on a smooth glass surface. Sometimes I will shatter a glass painting and then glue it back down onto another surface, paying careful attention to how the cracks in the original image became an integral part of the new whole. Taking the time to reconstruct what has been broken highlights the process of transformation. The abstracted background created with spray paint provides a celestial backdrop of serenity. I believe it is important to acknowledge that nothing (and no one) is too far broken or damaged to be put back together again. The “zentangle mosaics” I recently began creating also stem from the idea that a whole piece is comprised of a multitude of integral parts. If we take the time to honor every piece of the whole, we can create something beautiful, evolved, transformed, and complete.

size 24″ x 18″ x 1″
medium Oil on Canvas with Mixed Media
Price $350.00


Courtney Coolbaugh
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Previous Art Exhibitions

Digital Exhibition for Recent Alumni, Caldwell University, NJ 2020

Member’s Non-Juried Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Art, NJ 2018

Small Pieces, Caldwell University, NJ 2014

Annual Alumni Show, Moore College of Art and Design, PA 2013

Member’s Non-Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, PA 2012

Pop Revolution Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2011

Annual Member’s Show, The Plastic Club, PA 2011


Caldwell University.  Caldwell, NJ 2012 – 2020
Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, Art Therapy specialization

Moore College of Art & Design.  Philadelphia, PA 2008 – 2011
Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, 2D concentration.  Magna Cum Laude

Harrisburg Area Community College.  Harrisburg, PA 2002 – 2006
Associate’s in Visual Arts

Volunteer Experience

The Center for Contemporary Art.  Bedminster, NJ 2018 – present
Art Installation Crew Member

Expressive Therapies Summit. NYC, NY 2018
Helped set-up for annual summit by organizing supplies/handouts

Put Stress to Rest Fair. Caldwell, NJ  2013 – 2015
Event table coordinator                                 

Open Art Studio at Caldwell University.  Caldwell, NJ 2013 – 2014

Art Therapy Gallery at Caldwell University. Caldwell, NJ 2012 – 2014
Committee Member




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