Next General Meeting of Mid Cities Fine Artists: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:45 am—12:00 noon
Location: St. Philip Presbyterian Church 745 W. Pipeline Road Hurst, Texas 76053 (corner of Pipeline Road & Precinct Line Road)
October Demo Artist
Abstract in Acrylic & Mixed Media
Kim Collins was born in Biloxi, Mississippi but grew up in several different states, England and Germany. Her home is in Northeast Texas where she has lived since 1977. Primarily a self-taught artist, she has exhibited locally and won several awards. Kim was represented by Beaux- Arts Gallery in Grapevine, Mud, Wind & Fire Co-op and Gallery in Grapevine, Westwerks Gallery in Granbury, Stratford Green Gallery in Lewisville, and Artist’s Showplace in Richardson.
My work has evolved over the years from realistic watercolors to fluid abstract de- signs in mixed media. The likely catalyst for this change was a bout with cancer which influenced many “re-thinking what’s important” moments. I realized I had been working with processes which were rigid, traditional and a bit tedious for me, but I was afraid to break out of the box. After the cancer scare, I allowed myself the freedom to have fun, try new things, get out of my comfort zone and play with design, color and materials. I have never looked back.
Working on canvas, metal, paper and board, I paint primarily with a palette knife or “paddle” and incorporate various mate- rials into the work including acrylics, pen and ink, sand, salt, thread, papers and anything else that intrigues me.
I usually start a piece with no pre- conceived idea of what it will ultimately become, however a relationship 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.
My ultimate intention is that the viewer responds positively to the work and the process and journey remain honest.
--from the MCFA Newsletter