Colleen receiving Women of the Year award from Billerica Boy's & Girl's Club 2012
Touching the hearts of others is my greatest joy. It is from this place that all of my art comes from. When I paint I start with a story in my head. Sometimes it is a one word story like love or joy. Recently I created a painting of some fun, funky snowmen and my thought was "happy, fun, joy". The first person to see it laughed for about a full minute and I said, Now that is the exact response I was hoping for!
Colleen's paintings, puzzles, calendars and prints are sold all over the world. In 1988 she began painting again and did her first art show in Miami, FL where she placed 2nd in oils. An art publisher in NYC discovered her, printed and distributed her folk art internationally. Colleen's paintings have been used in films made by Disney, Lions Gate Films and Fox Entertainment's Gracepoint mini series. Her art is in the homes of the rich and famous such as, Matt LaBlanc from Friends, Senator Scott Brown, News Woman Susan Wornick, Congressman Marty Meehan and Author Steven Pressfield.
The opening of Colleen Sgroi Gallery & Art Classes began in 2002. Teaching art is one of her passions. Colleen loves to inspire others to live into their own potential and tells her students "You are the boss of your own painting." In August of 2020 Colleen closed her Gallery due to COVID-19 and moved her studio into her Appleton Mills home.
In 2017 Colleen was hired by author Ann Biese to illustrate her children's book 'Worry Bee'. On their second book Mindful Moon they won a Best Illustrator Moonbeam award, and their first hardcover book, Maggie Bielived, ireleased in June 2020 has won a Mom's Choice Award.
Another passion for Colleen is community. She volunteers her time and art to many causes. She is on the Board of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the Brush Gallery in Lowell. In 2012 she was voted "Woman of the Year" by the Billerica Boy's and Girl's Club and was nominated Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 with Enterprise Bank. She has been awarded "The Heart of Billerica Award" and is in the Shawsheen Tech. Hall of Fame.