Colleen lived in Michigan as a child and received her B.A. in Art Education/Jewelry/Weaving. After teaching art to both middle school and high school students, and raising a family, DeSanto retired to Creede, CO. There she developed her own unique, textured acrylic landscape painting style; inspired by the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains around her. DeSanto also creates paper mache sculptures of long legged whimsical animals inspired by Salvador Dali. DeSanto’s art is carried by Two Old Crows Gallery in Pagosa Springs and a second gallery in Creede, her hometown.