Kathy Collins

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, is a member of the Gaston County Art Guild and also the Southern Arts Society. She is also a very active participant in a local weekly plein-air group. Since 2006, she has been represented by Providence Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Exhibitions and Awards:
2014 “NYC Ornaments” Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa CA
2014 “Storefront on 8th” Merit Award, Gaston County Art Guild, 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, Costa Mesa CA
2013 “Backside Barn” Carolinas Got Art!, Charlotte NC
2012 “The Bings” and “Peachy Keen” Randy Higbee, Costa Mesa CA
2012 “Morning Light” Honorable Mention, Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain NC
2012 “Bobbing Along” 3rd place, Spring Show-Guild of Charlotte Artists, Charlotte NC
2011 “White Orchids” 3rd place, Matthews Alive Art Show, Matthews NC
2010 “French Meadow” Carolinas Got Art!, Charlotte NC
2009 “Last Trace of Snow” Carolinas Got Art!, Charlotte NC

Associations:
Women Painters of the Southeast (WPSE)
Guild of Charlotte Artists
Gaston County Art Guild
Southern Arts Society (SASI)
Matthews Art Guild Plein Air Buds
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association