Amy is a native of Savannah, Georgia. She received her BFA from the University of Virginia and Master of Science degree in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. After graduation Amy moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she and her husband began their professional careers, providing illustration services to a variety of local and national clients. Her role in these projects ranged from illustrator, to designer, to project coordinator. For over 30 years she incorporated her artistic skills into a career as a medical illustrator, but has since concentrated her career on oil painting.
“Having been a medical illustrator for over 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to use my artistic skills to build a professional career, explaining scientiﬁc concepts through pictures. The artwork I create now is much more personal. My paintings, while representational in nature, are as much about the process as they are about the ﬁnal image. While my skills in realistic painting are helpful, I truly love that painting lets me be more spontaneous and expressive. At times this is facilitated by layers and layers of paint. At other times a single mark is all that is needed to give the most information. I think it is these attributes that engage the viewer. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects – landscapes, cityscapes, ﬁgures, still lives. But whether painting in a studio environment or in plein air, my goal is to paint quickly, observing subtle color shifts and changing scenery. When that information is transferred to a canvas, I feel as thought I’m sharing a moment with the viewer.”
Art has always been a part of Amy Collins’ life. She believes that growing as an artist is a lifelong process, and she continues to take workshops and paint whenever possible. Amy also teaches weekly classes and workshops in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
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