Colleen employs a range of light transforming media in her investigation with “light”. This series of works in encaustic, plexiglass and with paper, offer a palpable experience of light at play. She has been using a hand-cut and torn paper technique with a deliberate layered construction to create the Light Pools series. The waxy luminosity of encaustic medium is also being employed in paintings that ooze with luscious surfaces in this series. Colleen is also creating Light Floats, in which light is captured and transformed in Plexiglas sculptural constructions. Colleen reinvigorated her art practice and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts at TAFE in 2011. During the period 2011 to 2013 she spent several summers in Scandinavia and England including study at London School of Art, Central St Martins. Colleen then gained first class Honours in a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross University in 2014. She coined the term ‘Slow Light’ (the concept concerns the way in which natural light is constantly changing its effect on a work of art). The influence of a Nordic aesthetic is reflected in the motifs and architectonic devices Colleen DaRosa enlists and they often echo the way in which the glow of light and natural forms seep into the fabric of Nordic design and architecture. She prefers a minimal aesthetic and is interested in achieving a poetic sensual expression.