"Study art and you begin to see the artistry in daily living. It can be found in the flourishes and gesticulations of a police officer directing traffic. Or the abstract flight path of a bumblebee, dancing among the flowers. It's in the cloud formations, the soft sway of grasslands from an afternoon breeze. And when we learn to slow down and take in this tapestry of beauty all around us, we are enriched and better prepared to express ourselves. We become inspired.-J Weiss"
Colleen's interest in art goes back to her first year in school(yes kindergarten)where she remembers explaining perspective to a fellow student. In elementary school, teachers were already encouraging her to pursue a career in the arts. Her first commission came while in High School. She continued to pursue an art education in college, majoring in Fine Art at Colorado State University.
The following 20 years were consumed with a retail business in Jackson WY, along with the family's outfitting business. Winters were spent driving a horse drawn sleigh as a tour guide through the elk herd on the National Elk Refuge, and of course raising a family. The sketchbook was never far away during those years, recording the many characters (four-footed and two footed) that crossed her path.
She enjoys sharing that abundant life through her works of art.
Bold, colorful and expressive animals are now the subject of Colleen's paintings, but the statement made is about relationships. Animals are open and honest in their relationships and their body language is so simple to understand.
"Whenever I travel I'm always looking for horses. I can't stay in a place without horses for long before something in me begins to feel out of sync."
In 2005 Colleen returned to the world of Fine Art turning those sketches into works that would be winning awards at Regional and National Shows.
2005 Real West: Art of the Western Lifestyle
2005-2015 Annual Wind River National Show
2005-2009 Riverton National Art Show
2009 Best of Show
2007 Avatar: The Human Form
2007 WY Art Assoc Show
2007"Congressional Award"
2007,2011-2013 Red Desert Audubon Wildlife Art Show
1st and 3rd Place Awards, Peoples Choice Award
2007-2011 Heart of the West Invitational Art Show
2008-2011 Wild Horse Show and Sale
2008 "Spirit of the West Award"
2008- Death Valley Invitational Third Place
2009-2015-Cody Art League 2015 "Best of Show"
"Buffalo Bill Historical Center Award"
"Nelson Award"

2009 Douglas Invitational
2010-2011 Phippen Museum Art Show and Sale
2010 Horses in Art magazine
2010 Phone Book Cover Fremont County
2012 Cover of the November issue of Texas Tech Univ. Iron Horse Literary Review Magazine(14.5) issue
2013-2015 Art on the Green "Judges Choice" 4th place and Mayor's Choice
Colleen's Oil Painting "Aspens Aflame" received "Best of Show" at the Cody Art League 2015 Annual Show. The painting also received the "Whitlock Motors" Sponsor Award. Colleen's Watercolor painting Titled "Outfoxed" also received 2nd place in the Watercolor Category.

Colleen's Work is represented by
Silver Sage Gallery in Dubois WY
Deselm's Fine Art in Cheyenne WY www.deselmsfineart.com
Cody Country Art Leaguein Cody WY
The Frame Hut in Billings Montana
Wind River Gallery Riverton WY.[url=http://windrivergallery.net/product-category/local-artist/colleen-drury/]url]

She presently lives near the Wind River Mt Range in central Wyoming with her husband, Marc, two horses, two dogs and a cat.