Troy Collins in residence at Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek, March 10-11
If you go …
What: Artist Troy Collins.
When: Artist reception 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 10; Collins will demonstrate his technique throughout the day Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11.
Where: Horton Fine Art, 156 Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Admission is free; art work available for purchase.
More information: Call 970-949-1660, or visit hortonfineart.com.
BEAVER CREEK — Artist Troy Collins returns to Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek today and Saturday.
For Collins, nature is a source of inspiration and a reason to celebrate. One can watch him paint and come to several realizations: First, painting is a celebratory dance. Second, oil colors can be abundantly layered to create colorful, almost three-dimensional textures until they become a tangible, not just a visual, experience. Third, the artist’s palette knife is a hugely versatile, creative tool.
Collins, a Montana native, studied with master Impressionist landscape artist Robert Moore. Blending Impressionism with a touch of Expressionist flair, Collins has developed a style that is recognizable across the room.
Palette knife paintings
“I have always found inspiration and spiritual rejuvenation in the wilderness,” he said. “Translating my experience with nature into artistic creation has been the focus of my adult life.”
Collins, who mainly paints using palette knives, portrays landscapes from a multitude of images stored as memories. He is mostly in love with aspen trees.
“Each one is so distinctive,” he said. “They are like people. Each tree has a unique character. I have never seen two aspens that look alike. Aspens are as varied as snowflakes.”
A special artist’s reception for Collins will take place at Horton Fine Art gallery today from 3 to 7 p.m. The artist will be available throughout the day today and Saturday, demonstrating his palette knife painting technique at the gallery.
Horton Fine Art is located in Beaver Creek, on the plaza level of the Park Hyatt, next to the ice rink. For more information, call 970-949-1660 or visit hortonfineart.com.