Coakley Brown’s passion for art emerged in early childhood. Later, as a science teacher and parent, she nurtured observation skills as a means of understanding and appreciating the natural world, integrating art into daily life whenever possible. Eventually, as her children grew older, the call to paint grew louder. After attending college art classes to refine her skills, she began painting full time.
Coakley delights in using expressive brushstrokes in celebration of light and color. Inspired by nature and stories of its relationship to humanity, she strives to produce work that is authentic, but not photographic in detail. There is a balance, she believes, where authenticity is achieved in the choice of details captured or omitted. The search for that balance, arriving at it, and searching again, is paramount to her artistic journey.
Coakley has won awards at numerous exhibitions around Virginia, including Art Speaks, Floyd Plein Air, Plein Air Westhampton and Plein Air Roanoke. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Society of Marine Artists, Virginia Plein Air Painters, the James River Art League, and the Bon Air Artists Association.