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Artisan of the Month
Collen Drew of Colleen Drew or Drew Art Inc.

Colleen Drew attended the Milwaukee High School of the Arts where creativity, high energy, fine art and raw talent was fostered and encouraged. Upon graduation, she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Adding to her repertoire of knowledge, Colleen travelled to Dublin, Ireland for a six-month excursion. In a magnificent old city, famed for its colorful people, history and culture, she immersed herself in the richness of Ireland’s vast decorative art.

Returning to Milwaukee, Coleen became an artist for a stained glass studio. “While working there, they would call on me to paint other things such as mosaics, small murals, etc. When I left there I had the itch to paint and a friend asked if I would help out with a mural in her home. I ended up doing a lot in her house and that’s when things got started. In 2005, I began working as an artist for a decorative painting company, and worked my way up the Lead Artist.”

In 2010, she decided to branch out on her own and her company, Drew Art Inc., was born. Colleen predominantly works in the greater Milwaukee area but will go as far south as Chicago, Illinois. She divides her time between commercial and residential. Colleen says, “I like both, each has their own set of benefits and challenges. It’s nice to have a mixture.”

Staying on top of her successful business, Colleen feels it’s important to keep abreast of new products and information by taking classes and attending conferences, as she is able. “I’ve gone to IDAL and I take classes with Kathy Carroll. I took a class, “You Got Waxed,” about five or six years ago. I then went back and took the Professional Updating class as I found I used wax a lot. Kathy is a great resource. She has so much knowledge about different products and how they work together if you want to achieve a certain look and what works the fastest. You are not shooting in the dark, on your own.” Colleen has several favorite products that she regularly purchases from Kathy Carroll: Bella Sara Wax, Liberon Wax and Tinted Wax.

When asked what she likes to create the most, her response was, “I like murals that are unexpected, impressionistic, layering them loose and artsy. Not a tree that’s brown and green, rather orange, that leads your eye around.” She enjoys using Bella Sara Wax and Modern Masters Venetian Plaster in distressed application for her decorative finishes.

Even though murals are a favorite, Colleen enjoys employing her decorative art on many surfaces. A recent bar Colleen was hired to transform was originally done in a Milwaukee Brewers sports motif. The owner wanted to model it after another establishment he visited in New York. “It was a Brewers bar originally, burgundy, blue and yellow with sports memorabilia. In the back there was a bar that was aluminum and fiberboard. I distressed it and it looks vintage and wooden now. The entire bar looks completely different now.”

Going from commercial to residential, Colleen was commissioned to create a mural in the study of a quaint arts and craft home with wonderful detail. “It’s a night sky mural looking through the branches. It’s cool because they have rope lighting through the edge and it looks like it’s glowing. The clouds have the same effect. It’s really pretty.”

A fun project that Colleen was hired for was to paint a mural for The Great Lakes Distillery, LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “They wanted to drive home the pre-prohibition era along the outline of Milwaukee in an art deco appeal. It was a nice depiction of the pre-prohibition, a beautiful history reflection.”

When an opportunity arose to create a mural at Troop Café, a new café opening in the spring of 2013 inside the Veterans Manor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Colleen was inspired, “I began with tone on tone color application of different phases of the veterans lives. It’s a path through nature scenes that incorporate memories of the veteran’s lives.” This project is dear to Colleen’s heart as her father was a veteran. “He’s since passed so it was special for me to do this. The Manor is just for veterans. They can stay there for in a community of other veterans. They receive training for jobs, etc., among many other benefits. It’s great.”

Moving forward with her company, Colleen plans on continuing with the same path she is on. She thoroughly enjoys the satisfaction and beauty she is able to bring her clients, the variety and challenge she herself receives from her work and the exciting promise her future has in store for her. “I like working with my clients and being a creative solution. We want it to be like this – bringing the art we create to life.”

For more information about Colleen Drew or Drew Art Inc., please call 414.403.0615 or visit www.drewartpainting.com

 

 

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