Birthplace: Bath, Avon
Art Medium: Oils, water colour and wax-oil pastel
Style: Detailed, expressive with strong colour and texture
Work Representation: Landscapes and nature
Influences: JMW Turner, John Piper, Paul Nash, John Martin, Scandinavian landscape
Foundation at York College 1983-84
Textiles/Fashion BA (with First Class Honours) at Loughborough University (formerly Loughborough College of Art) 1984-87
PGCE Art Teacher's Certificate at Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education) 1989-90
My love for landscapes has taken me on a rich journey through places that are full of contrasting states: wild and cultivated, arid and verdant, rugged and fragile, everchanging and apparently constant.
The north west of Britain offers the most incredible wealth of conditions and qualities for nature lovers.
For me, the added joy of observing, processing and creating art work attributed to the effects of climate and weather on our fragile environment is simultaneously exquisite and alarming, but nevertheless a privilege.
The raw, powerful experience of being in mountain environments has been a regular feature of my adult life. In my twenties I spent much of my spare time learning about mountaineering and backpacking in Wales, northern England, Scotland and the Frenc Alps, seeking out wild, dramatic and high-level places.
During those physical and mental challenges I hadn’t realised until recently, just what an impact those experiences had made on my creative drive. So six years ago I swapped my art teaching post for a new artistic journey; one that allowed me to become autonomous.
Exploring and visually interpreting natural settings bridged the gap between earlier mountain experiences, current (somewhat scaled down) escapades and my creative aspirations!
I moved to Lancashire in 1997 and have loved being in such close proximity to Morecambe Bay, the Lake District and the Forest of Bowland. I have regularly visited the Scottish islands of Mull, Harris and Lewis and more recently, Connemara and Mayo in the Republic of Ireland.
On location I am constantly researching; walking and cycling around, taking photographs and sketching in new and exciting settings.
Powerful features such as grouped pine trees, standing water and dramatic skies present irresistible challenges to me. My paintings have been described as “depicting our landscape in a beautifully delicate and detailed way invoking a sense of tranquillity”.
“(Fay’s)... style of painting often involves strong colour, texture and detail representing the rich variety of vegetation, rock, cloud and reflected light found in landscape environments.”
“My paintings are a visual response to the experience of moving through the natural environment and hopefully they evoke a sense of space and liberation that these places can arouse in all of us. As well as the spiritual aspect of engaging with mountain and coast, I am intrigued by geological qualities and the visible impact that climate change effects.”
2014 -18 Maiden Bridge Summer Exhibition Lunesdale Art Trail, Tatham
2017 The Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral
2016 Art&, York Racecourse, Nature Returning joint exhibition Ashton Memorial Lancaster, Inspired at City Museum Lancaster
2015 Solo show Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Work represented by us:
Paintings: Fay Collins