Colleen is from Nova Scotia where she learned to love the ocean. At a very young age she took a liking to traditional arts and writing. In high school she taught herself how to use her parentís Nikon FE and spent her lunch hours waiting for her photos to be developed. She filled her extra time with painting and tried to incorporate art into her school projects as much as possible. Even in some cases selling her projects to the teacher she submitted it to.
Colleen parted with the foggy coasts of Cape Breton in 2002 when she came to study Multimedia at the University of New Brunswick. While at school she honed her skills in photography, film, creative writing and graphic design.