Colleen is an artist concerned with truth and simplicity. Her work blends elements of naturalism with a distinct traditional flavor. In her exclusion of superfluous details Colleens work presents a wholesome essential vision. Her subjects are her family, her artist friends and self portraits. Her influences range from Michelangelo to Kathe Kollwitz. Raised in New York City Colleen frequented the Arts Students League and the National Academy of Design as a teenager. It was at these two academies that she began a decade long pursuit to master figure drawing and painting. Along the way she studied under New York based artists such as Sam Adoquei, Andrea Smith and Jacob Collins. Colleen has been the recipient of the Newington Cropsy Grant which sent her to study in Italy is 2004. She returned to Italy once more in 2011 to reside as a affiliated fellow at the American Academy in Rome with her husband Will St. John. Colleen lives and works in New York City. She sells her work privately out of her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She teaches drawing at the Grand Central Atelier in Long Island City, New York.