and natural talent for art has been a
pleasurable thing for us to watch. Even when he
was five or six years old we would play a game
at restaurants. A sheet of paper or the back of
a paper place mat would be used to put a line or
some sort of a scribble mark. Colson would
manage to incorporate the line or scribble into
a little masterpiece. It never failed to amaze
us how great he would do this.
As the years went by, his ability became very
apparent. A few days before the tornado, he was
honored by winning “Artist of the Year” for the
second time in Van Alstyne. One of the judges,
Austin Moody, who is a renowned full time
artist, offered to tutor Colson after seeing his
work. Most of the finished and unfinished pencil
sketches he left behind were found by teachers
in various classes at the high school during the
Since finding this drawing, several copies have
been framed and positioned in places of
prominence to honor Major Winters and Colson’s
artistic talent. U.S. Congressman Ralph
Hall, Collin County Sheriff Terry Box, The Van
Alstyne High School, Major Dick Winters and
several fire departments have this art piece
hanging on their walls.
Unfortunately, most of Colson’s art is gone. We
have been told that he did quite a few sketches
for friends. If you happen to have one of these,
we’d love to make a copy.
Most of the following sketches were found as
mere doodles in his notebooks.
One of his pencil sketches, “The Paratrooper”, was
found during the summer break in his history class.
We were told that he created this piece during his
history class in less than one hour. The inspiration
for this sketch was a small photograph in the book
“A Band of Brothers”. The picture showed Major Dick
Winters with his parachute gear taken in World War