Colleen G. Drew is a photographic/photo encaustic artist in the DFW area. She captures nature, landscapes, and local architecture. Sometimes she incorporates a mixture of beeswax and resin on her photographs to give them more texture, color, and dimension.
Colleen‘s love of photography began while on a trip to the former Soviet Union in 1982. Her passion for art was ignited and grew over the years. After studying photography at the State University of New York at Purchase, with working commissioned artists, she went into business with her sister, Maureen. Together they had a successful studio in the beautiful Hudson River Valley in New York State, where Maureen is still running the studio in the town of Rhinebeck, New York on the Hudson River. In the summer of 2002, Colleen and her family relocated to Highland Village, Texas where she continues to pursue her passion for photography.
Colleen was a very active member of HVPPSNY (Hudson Valley Professional Photographers Society of New York), serving on the board and as an officer for five years, finishing her term as President just prior to relocating to Texas, She has been published in the PPA Loan Collection book, the Professional Storytellers Magazine, and had an image selected to be used in a National brochure promoting wedding photographers. In August of 1999, she earned the distinction of Certified Professional Photographer, after completing a comprehensive exam and submitting a body of her work. Colleen has twice won the highly acclaimed award, the New York State Court of Honor, for images submitted in the print competition at the annual conference. During the same print competition, she won the 320 print case award for scoring at least 320 points or higher. As a result of receiving awards for blue ribbon prints and attending schools and seminars, Colleen has earned the degree of Master Photographer, which she received in 2003 at the PPA National Conference in Las Vegas. In January of 2006, she received her degree of Photographic Craftsman, for teaching other photographers the art of infrared photography. Most recently she has been an active member of the Visual Art League of Lewisville, Texas and has won several awards in the exhibition. She is also a member of the Texas Photographic Society and has been published through entering competitions. Colleen remains committed to her craft and keeps up on the latest trends and technology by attending schools and seminars regularly. She strives to keep her work unique and continues to exhibit her art on a regular basis in the DFW area and other parts of the United States.