Arlene D. Collins
Recently one of Arlene's pieces was excepted by Duck's Unlimited ,Canada, for a Limited Edition reproduction.
I was born in Yorke Settlement near Parrsboro, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. I grew up in the country, and as a child starting sketching wildlife scenes. I began painting in the early 90's, first experimenting with acrylics, but preferred oils because of better control and a truer color.
I have always had a love for animals, especially birds, and found it rewarding as well as challenging to capture their beauty on canvas. Many of my ideas come from watching wildlife in my area, and with the aid of a camera and photographs, I usually find my next subject. I sketch directly on the canvas, then fill in with color and detail. Although the majority of my work is wildlife, I have also done landscapes and seascapes. Lately I have been busy with custom work, such as homesteads and family pets. I have recently joined Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and currently have some of my works on the Internet. In 1996, I donated a wildlife painting to Sherman Hines for his annual fund-raising auction in aid of "Nova Scotia Wildlife Federation." In 1997, I was commissioned to paint a familiar Parrsboro landscape for the Parrsboro Art Guild in order to raise funds for a scholarship to be granted to a graduate of Parrsboro Regional High School to further his/her education. I also helped to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and AIDS Coalition through donations of my paintings.
Since I am self-taught, I am always experimenting with new techniques and widening my range of subjects. I look forward to many years of painting the beauty of wildlife and nature.
Additional Web Site: www.arlenecollins.com.
Media:Oil on Canvas