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Gillian Collins

Gillian Collins

Artist Work

Black Hill Fall Colour
24 x 36
Thanksgiving Morning
oil on oil paper
Concrete Sunlight
oil on canvas
30 x 15
Blue Snow
oil on canvas
12 x 16
Under Pass
oil on Canvas
18 x 24
Dusty Farm 2
oil on Canvas
18 x 18

Artist Information

Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Living in Maryland’s countryside, I capture the richness of small town rural America in my work. Landscapes of physical landforms and their indigenous vegetation, farmland, even the rear of buildings found in small old towns, hold an interest for me.  My artwork conveys a sense of my environment; portraying simple and often-overlooked unkempt areas in commonly trafficked areas. To capture quiet moments found in natural landscapes I use patterns, both natural and inadvertently manmade, to create rhythmic movement in my artwork. Painting on location I paint quickly and decisively to capture the fleeting light before the shadows move.  I use gestural brushwork and impasto pigment to capture the mood of the place.  Creating a tactile surface quality is important to me to enable a viewer to have the joy of looking at my painting from a distance but also to have an additional visual experience when observed closer which reveals the layers of colour harmony that is achieved in the final painting. As well known contemporary landscape artist John Phillip Osborne noted, “to see beyond the obvious…” is my inspiration; to begin with an everyday common place and create an uncommon painting is a constant challenge for me.  I combine traditional methods of painting with my emotional direct response of the place by laying paint onto the canvas with brush and palette knife.  Plein air painting is my preferred venue as nature fuels my creativeness and selected pieces are developed into larger studio work.

Artist Bio

Born in London, England
Lives & works in a rural area outside of Washington, DC.
Painting has been my passion for over 30 years.  With my last baby off to college, I too, returned to college to pursue a fine arts degree in painting; this time I was going to follow my passion. Currently my family has three generations in college persuing different academia.
Plein air (landscape) painting is my specialty, as I love to be outdoors regardless of insects and weather conditions.  In 2014 I was awarded the privilege of being among a few selected artists as a copyist in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


2015 - MFA, her current journey
2012-2015 BFA, Towson University, MD

Galleries, Shows and Awards 

New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, 2015
Grub  Street Literary Magazine, Towson, MD 2015
Towson Juried Student Art Show Center of the Arts Gallery, 2015
Storage Gallery Solo Show, Towson, MD 2015
Gallery 788, Towson Graduate Show, Towson, MD 2014
The American Landscape, National Juried Art Exhibition, Staunton Augusta Art Center, VA 2014
Towson Juried Student Art Show, Center of the Arts Gallery 2014, Scholarship Award
Hill Center, Galleries, Washington, DC 2014
York Arts, A Cause for Optimism, York, PA 2014
National Gallery of Art Copyist Program, Washington DC 2014
Women’s Forum Annual Conference, Towson, MD 2013
The Artist’s Gallery, Frederick, MD 2013
Frederick County Art Association, 2nd annual Barnstormers 2013
Towson Juried Student Art Show, Center of the Arts Gallery 2013
Bethesda Library Solo Show, Bethesda, MD 2012
Glen Echo Park Labor Day Show, Glen Echo, MD 2012
The Artists’ Galley, Frederick, MD 2012
Triptych Show RRUUC, Bethesda, MD 2012
Easton’s Promise Gallery, Easton, MD 2011
Glen Echo Park Labor Day Show, Glen Echo, MD 2009 & 2010
Church Alley Gallery, Easton, MD 2009
Chesapeake College Art Show, Wye Mills, MD 2009
Montgomery County Plein Air Artists show Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD 2008
Juried Friends of the Yellow Barn Members Show 2010, 2009 & 2008 yearly honorable mention 
Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, MD 2009 honorable mention
Gaithersburg Fine Arts & Association Juried Exhibit at Kentlands Manor, MD 2009
The Art League School, Alexandria, VA Show 2007 honorable mention
MAPAPA Strathmore Hall Show, Bethesda, MD 2007
South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD 2007
River Farm,   VA 2007
International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC 2006 & 2007
Worthington Gallery, Butler, MD 2006
Plein Air Easton competition, Easton, MD 2005
The Tuesday Artists show at Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, MD 2003
Ollie Miller’s Gallery, Solomon’s Island, MD 2001-2002
Slayton House Galley, Columbia, MD 2001
International Women’s Art Exhibit, Washington, DC 2000
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD 2000