Dr. Colleen G. Ford
Colleen is a mixed media and watercolor artist who is from the mid-Michigan area. She was influenced at an early age by her mother, who owned and operated a decorating business. In high school, Colleen designed programs for various events, served on decorating committees, and was encouraged to pursue a career in art by her art teacher.
Colleen studied drawing, painting, design, ceramics, and art history at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design (now known as the Penny Stamps School of Design). It was there that she realized that it was a higher calling to find her own expression rather than to sell her art talent commercially. Notwithstanding, she took a position as a commercial artist for awhile at Argonaut Design, where her drawings were featured on the cover and inside of the programs for The Musical Tent theatrical productions. While there, one of her paintings was selected to be displayed at a local hospital.
Then Colleen decided to become a teacher. It was during her teaching career that she learned life's lessons and her current values. She taught many subjects, preschool- college; most notably art at Questar School for Gifted Children and Summerfield Community School.
Having retired from teaching, Colleen now finds the time to return to her first love, art. At this point in her life, she finds she has much to draw upon in terms of emotions and subject matter. She works with watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils and collage in abstraction or representational work. Since 2011, she has exhibited her work at the Swartz Creek Art Guild Gallery, the Swartz Creek Senior Center, Computer Doctor business, Kettering University, MEA Headquarters, the Greater Flint Arts Council, and the Flint Institute of Art Sales and Rental Gallery.