[images: Jodi Pudge]
One of the things that we love best about Colleen’s place in the current issue of Covet Garden is that she loves her art collection. The images that hang on her walls may seem like a diverse grouping, but they all hold a personal connection for her. It just makes us so happy to observe the amount of joy she derives from these pieces — individually and as a grouping — that we wanted to take a deeper look at her collection.
When we asked Colleen which artwork was her favourite, she said, “I’d have an easier time choosing which orphaned puppy to save from a house fire (which is to say, please don’t ask me, I’d rescue all of them.)”
“On the job I'm ruthlessly decisive,” Colleen adds. “But at home, I enjoy not having to pick one creative over another in order to advance the narrative because the parts tell the story.”
Colleen’s entryway is a salon unto itself. Two of our favourites are a black and white photograph of John Lennon by British photographer Barrie Wentzell and a colourful WAV File painting by Toronto’s own Kurt Swinghammer (who was featured in our April 2011 Issue).
Prints by Colleen's good friend, illustrator Alanna Cavanagh, are well represented throughout the condo. Cavanagh's "An Empty Belly" is the focal point of the sitting area, but the cute coffee maker pictured above perks up the kitchen.
“I collect a broad mix of work by local and international artists,” says Colleen, “but strangely, it's the Norval Morrisseau print ["The Great Mother"] over the desk that causes the most division among guests.”
One of the things that Colleen loves about art is how it has the power to create dialogue. “I often find myself passionately defending it,” she says. “As a result, it's pretty dear to me. Its glass has broken twice during moves, too, so it demands a gentle touch.”