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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ft. Worth Artist Kim Collins demonstrating Monday Night


LGAA Meeting Monday, August 14th | 7pm
Shanley House Gallery | 224 North Travis | Granbury, TX 76048
Across from the Hood County Library

Demo:
Kim Collins demonstrating abstract underpainting and finding the design with negative shape.

Collins work is heavily influenced by the tangled forms, interwoven patterns and layers of shapes found in nature. Her work has evolved over the years from realistic watercolors to abstract designs in acrylic and mixed media. The likely catalyst for this change was a bout with cancer which brought about many “rethinking what’s important” moments. Collins work had been with processes which were rigid, traditional and tedious for her but she was afraid to break out of her box. After the cancer scare, Collins allowed herself the freedom to have fun, experiment and get out of her comfort zone. She began playing with different materials, color and design, and just never looked back. Collins starts a piece with no preconceived idea of what it will ultimately become, but a sort of "relational connection" develops as the work progresses. Sometimes the relationship is easy and harmonious; sometimes it is full of conflict which must be resolved...just like life. Rather than depict a literal image, Collins strives to convey the feeling, energy and essence of the organic forms which inspire her.

Collins has exhibited in numerous galleries in the North Texas area and has won several awards. Her work is in collections across the US and Europe.