The artist grew up in France, Nebraska and New York.  After a number of years traveling and studying she settled in Chicago.  Colette  has a BFA (Visual Art)from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and a MFA ( Painiting)from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

She was a member of Artemesia Gallery in the 1980s, was represented by Balkin Fine Arts  in Chicago and RGE fine art in New York.  Her paintings and drawings are in a variety of public and private collections.

Colette founded and currently curates the artist studios and gallery in the Uptown Arts Center (uptownartcenter.org) a program of the Non-profit Preston Bradley Center.  Her studio is located there also.

She coordinates an informal, participatory drawing group called Just Good Art…the comfort of creativity.

Collaboratively working with writers, poets and interdisciplinary artists is an important part of this artist’s world.