A native of Michigan, painting with oils has become a passion for this award winning North Carolina artist. Since the beginning of her art career, she has been guided by widely-respected contemporary artists who have taught her new ways to express herself. She continues to expand her artistic knowledge by studying in regional and national workshops with artists whose works and style spark a connection with her. In 2014, she completed a four month artist-in-residency program at Butler Studio.
Her inspiration comes from travels around the country and beyond, but she is especially drawn to capture scenes reminiscent of the memories she has of her grandparents’ farm in the North Carolina mountains.
She is an active member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists, having served on the board for several years. Collins is also a member of the Gaston County Art Guild and the Southern Arts Society. She is also a very active participant in a local weekly plein-air group.
Exhibitions and Awards:
2014 “NYC Ornaments”, Randy Higbee Gallery 6”x6" annual juried exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA
2014 “Storefront on 8th” Merit Award, Visual Harvest, Gaston County Art Guild, Gaston College, Gastonia, NC
2014 “Highway 84”, Honorable Mention, Arts Council of Lincoln County, Lincolnton, NC
2014 “Clusters” Honorable Mention, Matthews Alive Art Show, Matthews, NC
2014 “String Lake” Honorable Mention, Winter Show, Guild of Charlotte Artists, Charlotte, NC
2013 “Back of the Barn” Randy Higbee Gallery 6”x6” annual juried exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA
2013 “Backside Barn” Carolinas Got Art! Salon des Refuses juried exhibition for NC and SC artists, Charlotte, NC
2012 “The Bings” and “Peachy Keen” Randy Higbee 6”x6” annual juried xhibition, Costa Mesa, CA
Women Painters of the Southeast (WPSE), associate juried member
Guild of Charlotte Artists
Gaston County Art Guild
Southern Arts Society (SASI)
Matthews Art Guild Plein Air Buds
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association