Beth Collins

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Industry Arts
Occupation Artist
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Introduction I am a woman of a certain age finding myself driven to create art and currently painting landscapes in oils. ​I’m inspired by the beauty found in nature, particularly the landscapes of Oregon. I love the challenge of a blank canvas, in choosing the colors, lines and contrast to communicate emotion and mystery. I’m drawn to the zing of complementary colors, the power of light against dark, the weight of lines and their ability to lead the viewer through a painting. What is beyond the road, what lies just over the horizon? These all draw me in and keep me coming back to the studio. There is always a challenge awaiting, always a need to push further, to expand my skills and stretch against my comfort level.
Interests Creating art: painting in oil, and sometimes in acrylic, travel, cooking, cinema, sailing, kayaking, bicycling
Favorite Movies Crazy Heart, Enchanted April, Big Night, Crash, The Piano, Love Actually, (yes, I'm a romantic).
Favorite Books The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Three Junes, by Julia Glass, anything by Craig Johnson, Dana Stabenow