A freelance artist and student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Colleen D’Antoni is rapidly rising in the art world. She has painted several murals in Henderson, Texas, commissioned by Rusk County, and has earned first place in numerous regional and local art competitions, including the Congressional Art Competition.
Though she was born in Birmingham, Alabama, D’Antoni was raised in Old Metairie, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. She took special pleasure in visiting New Orleans’s fantastic museums. When D’Antoni’s family moved from Louisiana to Longview, Texas, she struggled to transition to her new home. Art gave her a sense of security, and as she became more confident in her art, she became more confident in herself as a person. By the time she graduated high school, she had become the president of the National Honor Society chapter, earned a position as head drum major, and was elected homecoming queen. After her father suffered a massive stroke, she became determined to live a healthier lifestyle and lost more than fifty pounds.
She spends most of the year in Savannah, Georgia, and remains an active volunteer in her communities, working with mentally handicapped children through Circle of Friends.