John Colwell was born in Wilton, Connecticut and now resides in Iowa City since 2001. In 1984, he graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. He was then employed as an art director in a New England ad agency for 5 years. He won a merit award for his art direction at the H.A.T.C.H. Awards in 1987 as well as an award for outstanding logo design in PRINT magazine also in 1987. In 1990 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder which ended his career as a professional artist. He now has a small studio in Iowa City where he makes custom and tie-dye t-shirts for his various charities. He has made nearly 2,000 shirts in the last 5 years. He also creates abstract designs for art prints using a photo editor. He sells t-shirts and other garments by special order for size and design.