"Art is immediate."
Paintings by Lolita Celsi
Lolita Celsi is a painter specializing in the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, New Mexico and California
She spent her early years absorbing the wide vistas and everchanging colors of her native New Mexico.  where she lived with her mother's extended Spanish-American family while her Filipino father served in the Navy.  As a teenager she relocated with her parents to Oregon and studied art at Marylhurst College.  During the 1960s she produced numerous works, including paintings, sculptures and mosaics, for Portland churches, schools and other institutions.  
Following a career as a graphic designer Lolita returned to her
first love, oil painting.  Her pursuit of a Masters degree took her to Hawaii, where she reveled in the bright palate and exotic flora of the islands.  She has since returned to live in her craftsman home in Northeast Portland.  These days she can most frequently be found along the shores of of Oregon's ponds and rivers or haunting the nooks and crannies of the Columbia Gorge, capturing its trees, wildflowers, waterfalls and rock formations during every season
of the year.
Her paintings have been shown in White Sturgeon Gallery, Vancouver, Washington, Gallerie René  in Portland, Oregon, and The Lake Oswego  2006 Festival of the Arts. She also participated in "For the Seventh Generation", an ocean art installation in Santa Cruz, California.  Her work currently graces private collections throughout the West Coast.