Drawing world-wide attention, through sell-out shows, celebrity events and numerous charities, Colleen Ross work has broken through all realms of the national and international media. Her work has been featured in multiple publications and media venues, including Forbes, PEOPLE Magazine, UPI Press, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, Barbara Walters celebrity interviews, ABC Prime Time, Good Morning America, movies and Television.
Born into a struggling, working class family, Ross found her escape through art. Painting by age fifteen, she began to develop and hone her skills as a figurative artist. Mesmerized by the beauties on the silver screen and in romance comics, Ross developed a love for the female face and form. In her thirties, Ross began painting professionally, and was catapulted into the vibrant and blossoming art scene, forever capturing the hearts of her avid collectors. Ross passion for her art is fueled by the true vulnerability she feels with each of her subjects. Her childhood influences of romance comic books, black and white movies and the Ed Sullivan Show are still vivid in her creations. Rossâ art is a unique expression of her artistic soul and personal story. Her signature originality combines the highest quality and grade of Masterpiece with Campy playfulness and ROCK-STAR attitude
Celebrity clientele and Collectors include
Brooke Shields whose show with Ross generated such a buzz, lines of fans stretched down Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills to see the artist and star.
Delta Burke, whose portrait was featured on the Barbara Walters special as well as in Deltas autobiography.
Teri Hatcher, a fan and close friend of Rossâ since the 80s. Ross has done portraits of both Teri and her daughter, paintings featured on the hit show, Desperate Housewives and the illustrations for Teri Hatcherâs memoir, Burnt Toast.
George Lucas, who loaned Ross his Tucker car which she then in turn immortalized in the piece âVery Nice Linesâ.
Andrew Solt,an Emmy Award winner and well-known in the industry for his documentaries of Jacque Cousteau, the Rolling Stones and the book Imagine, celebrating his friend John Lennon. After the death of Andy Warhol, Claudia Fulkenburg, Solts wife, looking for another portrait artist, chose Ross, saying that there was only one choice left that was of the same caliber as Warhol to do her portrait.
Narada Michael Walden, famed musical genius for Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and soul icon Aretha Franklin.
John Farrar, the Oscar-nominated Hopelessly Devoted to You, record producer, song writer and composer.
Others include, Michael Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Jane Seymour, 70s icon Farrah Fawcett, Michael Cain, Grant Woods Attorney General of Arizona, Jerry Sanders C.E.O. of AMD, international artist Hisashi Otsuka, Al Green, president and C.E.O. of Autodesk, John Tenny, Ryan Oâneal,Yumi Sato Interior Coordinator of Tokyo Japan, Bailey Company Arbyâs Corporation, PACSAT, Microsoft, Raul Walters, Christopher Bently Bently Holdings and other giants in their industries, all devoted collectors of Ross art.
Colleen Ross has always been an advocate of others and has been involved with many charities and charity events. Such charities include, The March of Dimes, Jerry Rice Foundation, Marin Abused Womenâs services MAWS, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, AIDS Foundation, Comedy For A Cure, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Bay Area Art Community.