Adapted from an interview by David Pillinger of Southside Living Magazine

Kevin Coleman’s goal is to find positive people, places and businesses doing positive things in Whatcom County. He is a positive person, himself. He recently decided to use his artistic talents to provide original art works to local non-profits, showing what the ripple of positivity can do for people and the community.

The painting sparks a smile and opens a great conversation about the diversity of farm life. Photo courtesy: Kevin Coleman.

“We all have the opportunity to be part of a wonderful and caring community and it’s my job and privilege to give back with positive and purposeful art,” says Coleman. “The smallest of a raindrop can make the biggest ripple if put in the right water.” Just remember to be the ripple of positivity!

The Northwest Washington Fair Foundation is the latest non-profit to work with Kevin in creating a custom piece. The piece, Walking In Each Other’s Shoes, represents the relationship between farm animals and farmers. After talking with Fair President, Jim Barron, and the rest of the Fairgrounds staff, Kevin wanted to give a fun and unique painting that sparks a smile and opens a great conversation about the diversity of farm life. Since Whatcom County is so agriculturally driven – rich with history and culture – it’s important to keep those missions and lifestyles available for future generations.

Melissa Bedlington-Kleindel from Dick Bedlington Farms in Lynden was thrilled to win the painting at auction. To learn more about this piece and the painting process, go to

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