Colleen Pearce discovered her love of art at an easel in nursery school. Her first painting was of a giraffe whose spotted neck bent to fit on the paper. She spent much of her childhood divided between making mud pies and drawing. Growing up on a seventy-five acre farm in Michigan instilled a sense of deep belonging in nature. With her family, she planted 10,000 red and white pine, pin oak and black walnut. Her father’s belief in being good stewards of the land, inspired a lifelong appreciation of the beauty and majesty found in nature.
She studied ceramics, drawing and painting, receiving a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a BFA from Tufts University. While living in Australia, she earned a diploma in art history from the Gallery of New South Wales.
She has taught at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has been a guest lecturer at deCordova and Tufts on topic of the development of art in children. She was the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Grant in 2011 and recently received her MFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Colleen’s drawings, paintings and prints have been exhibited at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston City Hall, BU, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and at the Fitchburg Art Museum, and MassArt. She has studied with Randal Thurston, Tim Hawkesworth, Catarina Coehlo, Jane Marching, George Creamer, and Catherine Kehoe.