Shown above - Sawgrass, Everglades NP, Florida

​About the Artist

Artist - designer J Lacy Coughlan with two of her

Red Wagon character creations,

Big Bird and Oscar.

The artist and her husband make their home in Central Florida

where she teaches oil painting, paper collage, basic elements

of layout and design and other artistic related workshops.

A member of several art leagues and organizations, including

the highly esteemed Oil Painters of America, Jeannie serves as President of her community artisan club and Chair of the annual 4th of July and February Celebration of the Arts Expos.


Western Pennsylvania native, J. Lacy Coughlan began sketching and painting the animals and country roads, fields and orchards that surrounded her at a very young age.  While in high school, an art teacher entered one of her projects into a student exhibition. The piece won Best of Show.  After graduation, she continued formal studies in fine art, in addition to attending workshops and mentoring with contemporaries whose work she admired. 

Jeannie's preferred medium is traditional oils. She works in layers of colors, first applying a base under-painting, sometimes two, in contrasting hues before actually beginning a piece.  Wildlife and nature are her main focus, but occasionally she delves into surreal images. Both the
 artist and her writer / photographer husband, William Delorey, are avid travelers and she often works from photographs or the inspiration of a legend chanced upon during one of their trips. As a result, many of her paintings have an engaging story behind them. 

Design, fabric arts and creative writing are among the artist's many interests. She finds it emotionally rewarding to step away from the easel to needle-paint a scenic quilt block, craft the floral bouquets for a bridal party, or decorate a community center for the Holidays. As for writing... much of her thirty-plus year corporate career was spent as a communications specialist and copywriter. It seemed only natural to apply that experience, together with her journalism studies, toward creative writing. Jeannie has several Indy published books available on Amazon and is currently working on a murder mystery manuscript.

Appreciative of the modest success she has achieved,

Jeannie firmly believes in giving back, and donates both

time and creative works to charitable events benefiting

local medical centers and children's programs. It has been

these community service opportunities that she holds

most dear.  The three award-winning Red Wagon floats her

creative team designed to help raise  monies in support of

Jacksonville Wolfson's Children's Hospital was one such

event that according to the artist, "were fun projects for a

wonderful  cause."​​