© 2014 by Joan Maureen Collins. Art at Black Mountain

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Desert to Sea

"Desert to Sea" Explores the balance of nature.

Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland

Inchydoney Lodge and Spa Hotel

July 26, 2016 through October 2016

Launch Reception July 26th 11:30am-1 pm

"The glowing power, great intensity of vision and vibrant color of Majella'...

Recently while walking through a Rothko retrospective with a friend in Houston,  she said, "Break Free!" I was so moved by the expression, I went back to look. "Did he name that one?" I'd observed that Rothko traditionally used numbers not titles for his large, multifo...

I keep finding this quote, "You have to get out of your comfort zone to grow." It resonates. I think this is what I love about creating and collecting abstract, contemporary art.  It isn't always comfortable. It reaches deep and edgy parts that are unfamiliar yet entic...


By Joan Maureen Collins [Featured Artwork by Collins Titled "Guided" 16X12 Acrylic on Canvas]


As she rubbed her fingers in vibrant, colored paint on the canvas, Majella said with a light Irish lilt, "Make your mark by dragging your DNA through it!"  Yes! Isn't this wha...


By Joan Maureen Collins


I’m asked why abstract art?  Here’s my answer through an unauthorized look at why I think we create and appreciate abstract art.  For me, abstract art is where the lines intersect between real and imagined “life.” Through abstract art, we can ex...


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

heART Presence by Joan Maureen Collins


I love that the word heart includes the word art. Or is it the word art that makes up the word heart? It doesn't surprise me that these words are intertwined. After all, each heart beat is the engine for...


Summer 2013




Fall into art...



For pictures of this art journey go to http://www.collinspix.com. "Go down to the shore and find things you can use to paint with," she said. Lie down, and draw around yourself...it will reveal who you are." This summer I spent 10 days i...

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