Colleen Southwell is an artist, horticulturalist and garden designer.
Colleen is a lifelong creative and passionate gardener. Whether making art or gardens, she draws inspiration from the everchanging landscape and the character of the life that inhabits it.
She works from a tin cottage studio in her country garden, just a hop and skip from Orange in the cool, pictureseque Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. She shares her home with her farmer husband and two gorgeous boys. Together they keep stud flocks of heritage Southdown and English Leicester sheep and a bundle of other four legged and feathered companions.
Colleen is an advocate of the “slow gardening” philosophy, founded on the values of the Slow Movement. Slow does not mean lazy, but rather encourages mindful enjoyment of the garden and celebration of its processes and bounties, regardless of the simplicity or grandeur of the plot. Her approach underpins her art making and embraces sustainability, creativity and engagement with our surroundings.
As an artist, Colleen is largely self taught, drawing on her lifelong interest in visual arts and fine crafts. She has dabbled in many mediums, undertaken workshops and art courses here and there, but her greatest teacher has been observation and practice. Interest in her unique artwork continues to grow.
Colleen is a recipient of the TAFE NSW State Medal for Excellence in Horticulture and her design work has attracted heritage/town beautification honours. In addition to her horticultural training and various arts pursuits she has a degree in Agribusiness, previously managing rural development initiatives including tourism, arts, specialty food and produce projects.
These days she is most at home in the studio or the garden, combining these pleasures and sharing them with others.