Colleen Heathwood James

Artist Profile

Grad Dip Melbourne Institute of Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy
BA Psychology, Art History

Colleen was born in Mackay NQ, and in 2001 moved to Eumundi from Brisbane after graduating from University of Queensland with a degree majoring in Art History and Psychology. There she completed a post-graduate Diploma in Art Therapy. She managed the well-known Mooloolaba Art Gallery – The Blue Dolphin Gallery – until 2007 when she left the Sunshine Coast to move to Mission Beach, North Queensland; from there moving back to Mackay working, and painting for, Milton House Fine Art Gallery and Art Shop. She currently lives and works from an art studio in Eungella – a beautiful rainforest area west of Mackay.

An experienced artist and art teacher, she has been painting in oils and acrylics for over 40 years – teaching art to children and adults for over 20 years. She has exhibited all over Queensland, including the Customs House Art Gallery Brisbane, Green Frog Gallery Maleny, LizArt Gallery Montville, the Attic Gallery Eumundi, Blue Dolphin Gallery Mooloolaba, Helen Wiltshire Gallery Mission Beach, Milton House Gallery Mackay. Her work has been awarded many prizes and is included in the Central Queensland University Gallery Collection and other private collections. Colleen has also painted theatre backdrops, shopping-centre holiday themes, murals, and book illustrations. In 2005, she worked with youth on Youth Justice Orders to paint murals on cell walls of the Maroochy Watch-house and ran creative workshops for Integrated Family and Youth Services. In 2007 Colleen worked with 240 school children from Yandina and North Arm schools to paint a large mural on the wall of Wappa Dam Sunshine Coast- now a tourist attraction for Wappa Dam). She also directed Slade Point residents in a community arts project to paint telephone poles in their main street.

  • Exhibit in MiltonHouse Gallery 25yr anniversary Exhibition 2017
  • People’s Choice, Paxton’s Portrait Prize, 2017
  • Part of Exhibition Milton House Gallery “Scapes and Shapes” 2016
  • Solo Exhibition Milton House Gallery “Beautiful Creatures” 2016
  • People’s Choice Portraiture, 2015
  • Highly Commended ‘Art on Show’ Easel Painting 2014
  • People’s Choice Pioneer Valley Art Exhibition 2014
  • Selected as a finalist in the Australian Artist Competition 2014
  • Highly Commended Print Bank Awards 2013
  • 1st Portrait Section Cloncurry 2013
  • Commended Art on Show Awards 2012
  • 1st Portrait Section Sarina Art Extravanganza 2012
  • 2nd Portrait Section Cloncurry 2011
  • Highly Commended Miniature Section Mackay Artists and Art 2010
  • ArtWork exhibited Galleries Maleny, Noosa, Mooloolaba, Montville 2003-7
  • Grad Dip in Art Therapy MIECAT 2004
  • University Major in Art History (distinction) 2002
  • University degree in Printmaking (distinction) 2000
  • Exhibition own work Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast 1999
  • Exhibition of Students’ works Mackay 1998
  • Winner Pioneer Valley Arts Exhibition 1998
  • Highly Commended Pioneer Valley Arts Inc 1998
  • Winner Mackay Arts Exhibition 1998
  • Voted People’s Choice Mackay1998
  • Chosen to exhibit Shell Art Award Brisbane Customs House 1997 (1st Mackay artist to be invited)
  • 2nd People’s Choice Artists & Art Mackay 1997
  • Work purchased for Central Queensland University Collection 1997
  • Winner Rockhampton City Exhibition 1997
  • Winner Sarina Visual Arts Exhibition 1996
  • Commended Sarina Visual Arts 1996
  • Commended Mackay Artists & Art Section 2 1996
  • Commended Mackay Artists & Art Section 4 1996
  • Voted People’s Choice 1996
  • 1st Pioneer Valley Show 1996
  • Flying Arts Shell Art Award Commended 1996
  • Highly Commended Sarina Visual Arts 1995
  • 1st Mackay Artist & Art section 5 1994
  • Commended Artists & Art Mackay 1994
  • 2nd People’s choice 1994

Many more prizes/awards going back to about 1980 when she won her first major prize – 1st at the Mackay Art Society Exhibition at The Mackay Canegrowers Building for a watercolour miniature portrait of her grandmother.

Coral Fish Acrylic on Canvas 1015 x 1525mm $1800
Chinese Tea Oil on Canvas 910 x 610mm $1350
Elkhorn Acrylic on Canvas SOLD
Mermaid Bride Acrylic on Canvas 600 x 900mm $1250
Wisteria Acrylic on Canvas 1220 x 910mm SOLD
6pm Wood St Mackay Acrylic on Canvas 1015 x 915mm $1500