Colleen has loved landscape since early childhood growing-up in the woods and mountains of Georgia USA, followed by the rivers and spires of Oxford, and then the rolling South Downs and coast of Sussex. She takes inspiration from both the broad expanse and the intimate close-
Colleen taught Art for 34 years and led an Art Department for 24 of them. She retired in 2020 to paint full-time and to fulfil the dream of having a studio to work in. During 2021 her work has been selected for the international juried Art2Life Exhibition and received an award in the Association of Sussex Artists Annual Exhibition.
Having the time to develop her practice has enabled Colleen to explore different media, technique and approach, and her work has undergone considerable development in the last couple of years, moving from broadly representational towards abstraction.
All Colleen’s work is closely related to landscape even when it is not immediately obvious, there is an absorption in the essential colours, shapes, textures and dimensions of a place. Favourite locations are
frequently re-visited as the changing seasons alter the forms and palette, and new possibilities arise. Having directly experienced being in an environment, and recorded with drawings and photographs, Colleen makes a series of related works aroused by her feelings for that place.
During Lockdown the immediate environment took on additional significance and daily dog walks near water provided sustenance and inspiration. Since travel has become possible again, Colleen has gathered new material from trips to Cornwall and the Yorkshire Dales and is looking forward to making new paintings in the wake of a trip to Dorset.