In fact, Philippe Blatter, president of Infront Sports Media and Wanda Sports, the parent company of Ironman, has many of Coats originals hanging in his office in Zug, Switzerland.
“They fill my days with color, excellent memories, optimism and the feeling that “anything is possible,” Blatter said.
Coats, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, relocated to Hawaii Island in 1996 with her husband, Barry. While she says she’s loved drawing her entire life, it was a movie that inspired her to pursue a career in art.
“I was 10-years-old when my parents took me to see the Beatles’s ‘Yellow Submarine.’ Walking out of that movie, I turned to my Mom and said, ‘That’s it, I’m going to be an artist!’” she said.
“I’m blessed to have such an interesting career and this is an exciting new chapter, following commissions from corporations, including Pepsi, and artists such as Elton John, U2, Santana and Sting,” Coats said.
In addition to the original, Coats’ limited edition giclees and prints are available for purchase at her gallery near the Kailua Pier.
Info: Contact Coats at 6402115 or dogsloveart@gmail. com.-