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  • “Going with the Flow? Yes or No?”Going with the Flow? Yes or No?

    acrylic on stretched canvas, 11 x 14", 2019

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    acrylic on stretched canvas, 11 x 14", 2019

  • “Swiggilly Diggilly Diggilly Do”Swiggilly Diggilly Diggilly Do

    Acrylic on stretched canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2019

  • “Sunspot”Sunspot

    acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8", 2019

  • “Electric Summer”Electric Summer

    Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8" 2019

  • “Curvatures”Curvatures

    Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, 2019

  • “Tropical Breezes”Tropical Breezes

    acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, 2019

Jolie Collins

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Artistic Influences:
As a painter, I paint what catches my fancy, so a variety of subjects have become the topic of my paintings, including people, flowers, animals, fruit and non-representational abstracts. Inspiration and influences on my work include Van Gogh, Kandinsky, scripture, photography, printmaking, dancing, art history, nature, recycling and animation.

Education/Training:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, graduated 2008
Bachelor of Fine Art in Inter-Arts; areas of study: 2-D Art, Dance & Film
Graduated with honors; won a sketchbook award

Art Related Experiences:
As a freelance visual artist and jewelry maker, I exhibited in several places around the Milwaukee area and Southeast Wisconsin, including SWAN Day MKE, Maryland Ave. Montessori Maker Market, Oholiab’s Offering, Cedarburg Cultural Center’s First Fridays, Walker’s Point Center for the Art’s Annual Member Show, Gallery 227, the MPTV Holiday Art and Gift Fair, the Delafield Art Walk, the ArtBar Mini Tiny Art Show, and upcoming shows at Oconomowoc Arts Center and Weyenberg Library in Mequon. I had solo shows at Eastbrook Church, and Danceworks, Inc. and a solo show at the Boerner Botanical Gardens-Garden House. In the summer of 2018, I taught for VSA WI, the Cedarburg Cultural Center and Danceworks. Additionally, I created props for theatrical productions; done graphic design work for a local store and a fair trade coalition’s annual event; made images for dance t-shirts; and designed a web site for showcasing my artwork. In 2018, I painted my first public art pieces, Beastie Benches, for the Zoological Society and joined the League of Milwaukee Artists. I was the February Artist in Residence at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. I will have my first regional show in Madison, WI.

Artistic Insights & Techniques:
An exploration of underdrawings led to the re-discovery of my favorite medium, oil pastel, and finding a wonderful new way to use it on canvas. Working with oil pastel loosens and livens up my artistic method because it allows me to quickly play with color, movement and flow of line. I commonly combine it with charcoal, conté crayon and occasionally, paint. I, especially, enjoy just thinning it with odorless mineral spirits because it brings out the oil pastel’s color and gives my drawings a painterly feel. For me, oil pastels make my still images move joyfully, like dancing. I love using pen or oil pastels to capture the lively movement, beautiful gestures and strength of dancers and turn it into a form of visual poetry. Additionally, I occasionally employ mixed media techniques that include affixing sand, dried petals, wood ashes, oil pastels and acrylic mediums to canvas. This combining of mediums helps me to effectively express the idea, story, emotion or moment I'm trying to convey, but have difficulty doing when I try to stick to one technique or medium.

As part of a daily art challenge, in 2018, I made small non-representational abstract paintings with acrylic. I enjoyed the process of quickly applying color and movement with quick strokes of my painting knife. Recently, I started adding acrylic mediums as I continued my exploration of abstract painting. Though they are abstracts, the beauty of life inspires my art and renews my art processes with its colors, shapes and textures. This exploration, I call my “Adventures in Abstract,” accumulated in many colorful paintings and my first art calendar.

Artistic Philosophy & What I Hope to Accomplish with My Art:
Believing that a happy heart makes the face cheerful, I hope that the works I create bring joy to the soul by giving people a “musical hug” or more appropriately an artistic hug. I hope that my art will move people both spiritually and emotionally. That no matter what the subject matter is that they will be uplifted by it.

artist statement

Artist Statement

I am a Milwaukee area artist who works in paint, pen, photography and mixed media. Inspiration and influences on my work include Van Gogh, Kandinsky, scripture, photography, printmaking, dancing, and nature. As an artist, I draw and paint what catches my fancy, so a variety of subjects have become the topic of my works, including dancers, flowers, animals, fruit and non-representational abstracts.

As part of a daily art challenge, in 2018, I made small non-representational abstract paintings with acrylic. I enjoyed the process of quickly applying color and movement with quick strokes of my painting knife. Recently, I started adding acrylic mediums as I continued my exploration of abstract painting. This artistic journey, I called my “Adventures in Abstract.” This artistic journey accumulated in many colorful paintings and my first art calendar. Though my acrylics are abstracts, the beauty of life inspires my art and renews my art processes with its colors, shapes and textures. Its beauty is something I try to convey in my work. Additionally, I enjoy working in oil pastels, mixing media, and taking nature photos, which I use as references for my art.

Believing that a happy heart makes the face cheerful, I hope that the works I create bring joy to the soul by giving people a “musical hug” or more appropriately an artistic hug. I hope that my work will move people both spiritually and emotionally. That no matter what the subject matter is that they will be uplifted by it. My desire is to impact others in a positive way by bringing joy through the arts, just as others have positively impacted me.

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