Carrie started her artistic journey at a young age and spent her life learning new artistic techniques ranging from painting in watercolor, acrylic, oil, woodworking, metal crafting furniture making and digital design. In 2009 she moved to Rhode Island to attend RISD and majored in Jewelry and Metal-smithing. After graduating, Carrie got involved in Arts Non-Profit world. This was a pivotal moment because she realized she like working with people and sharing her technical knowledge more than working on her hands on practice.
In 2017 Carrie started working with individuals with differing abilities at RHD-RI. RHD-RI was a magical program filled with creativity everywhere and for the first time, a job felt like home. Carrie became the Art Director in 2018. This is when Jess Lee and Carrie dreamt up the plan of Outsider Collective, and creating an integrated community space for people with and without differing abilities to work learn and show art alongside each other.
Rhode Island Native and Pawtucket resident, Jess is a former Direct Support Professional and Community Program Manager at RHD-RI, an arts based day program which served adults with differing abilities.
During her time there, she quickly fell in love with working and supporting some of the most magical and talented individuals. Being an “outsider artist” herself as well as a licensed tattoo artist, Jess is most passionate about encouraging and promoting the creative work of the artists she serves at Outsider Collective, while assisting them in becoming gainfully self-employed artists.
Jess is currently the President and Co-Founder of Outsider Collective. She and Carrie met at RHD-RI and collectively dreamt up the idea of forming an inclusive artist community where people can create and connect with other like minded individuals while learning important skills and gaining true mentors and friends.
Jess and Carrie are truly grateful to be able to open Outsider Collective as a unique artist community where Members can create and express themselves in a safe and encouraging environment.
Originally from Connecticut, Colleen went to school at Manchester Community College for Visual Fine Arts, with a concentration in Illustration and Photography. She moved to Rhode Island in the beginning of 2018 after she graduated, to work for RHD-RI. As an artist herself, she fell in love with working with individuals with achieving their artistic goals and constantly being inspired by being surrounded with incredible artists.
Colleen in her artwork likes to portray the relationship between birth and decay, by experimenting taking self portraits inside decrepit and abandoned buildings. Colleen also works with pen and ink illustrations, inspired by American Traditional tattoos. Colleen's vision as a visual artist is to create a space to provoke emotion and to tell a story of her life experiences growing up. She understands the importance of creating a space for yourself to grow as an artist and as a person, and dedicates her life helping others to find their passion in the art world and make a space for themselves.