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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.-

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