Courtney Kolker is a dynamic, self-taught artist based in Washington, D.C. Known for her vibrant use of color in the abstract, Kolker works in acrylics on canvas, and at times, incorporates sand and glitter varieties. Kolker uses palette knife, poly foam brushes, and her hands. Kolker’s artwork explores the ability of color to arrange and illustrate her perspective of a particular moment. Kolker’s wanderlust imagination is core to what inspires her work- as are the journey’s she’s taken around the world which include: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Italy, and Dubai; and places she’s called home: New Orleans, San Diego, and Hawaii. 

Kolker has sold works in Dubai, Spain, and Australia, as well as throughout the US. In addition, Kolker has been juried into exclusive shows such as the Hilton Head Arts Festival, the Atalaya Arts Festival, the Arlington Festival of the Arts, and the highly coveted Night Market in downtown Charleston, S.C. Kolker currently works out of her home studio space and is happy to do commissions upon request. Please visit to see all available original works for purchase. You may contact her directly at or +1 (703) 732-0753 regarding any inquiries.

Artist Statement 

“I think in color palettes. When I think about a memory or see an image, the subject matter itself fades away as certain color arrangements immediately begin to surface. They become the subject matter and the need to bring them to life, somehow together, is instant. The palettes express the mood of my reality and I try to capture that feeling with each work, as color evokes varying and vivid emotions in all of us.

For example, if I’m looking at a woman sitting at bar, her chiffon skirt draping just barely over the tiled floor; a Tanqueray bottle sits on the wooden counter and she shows the slightest hint of a smile. Whether it’s a memory or an image, my artistic process begins in that moment as the turquoise of the tiled floor begins to surface, along with the crimson rose of the chiffon. The translucent emerald of the Tanqueray emerges along with the amber hues it’s sitting upon. Lastly, a hint of a blush matte lipstick arrives. Turquoise, Crimson, Emerald, Amber, and Blush. That’s how I arrive at a color palette.

Color has always remained of utmost importance to me and has tied together my variety of work. But as my styles have matured and become more focused, so have my palettes. My intension with my work has and continues to remain the same; connection and emotion. My creative process allows me to connect with a moment in time, whether it be past or forthcoming, or even complete fantasy. And that's exactly what I want for the viewer to experience upon seeing a particular work; to be able to achieve an intimate, emotional connection that provokes a memory or sparks the imagination every time.”


Five 3 Gallery

Brigette Hernandez

1540 S. Coast Hwy. Ste. 101 Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Upcoming Shows

Foundry Gallery

Juried Outside Group Show

July 31 - September 1

2118 - 8th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

*opening Reception – saturday, august 3, 5-8pm*


Longview Gallery

The District Creates

September 26 - October 27

1234 9th St. NW

Washington, DC 20001

*Opening Reception – Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8pm*