Horton Fine Art hosts Beaver Creek landscape artist
BEAVER CREEK — For artist Troy Collins, nature is a source of inspiration and a reason to celebrate. When it comes to portraying vibrant landscapes, Collins is a force of nature himself. One can watch Collins paint and come to several realizations. First, painting is a celebratory dance. Second, oil colors can be abundantly layered to create colorful, vivacious, almost three-dimensional textures until they become a tangible, not just visual experience. Third, the artist’s palette knife is a hugely versatile creative tool.
Collins will demonstrate his palette knife painting technique at the Horton Fine Art Gallery in Beaver Creek today and Saturday, during gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Collins, a Montana native, studied with master impressionist landscape artist Robert Moore. Blending impressionism with a touch of expressionist flair, Collins developed a style so unique that it is recognizable across the room.
“I have always found inspiration and spiritual rejuvenation in the wilderness,” Collins 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.”
Collins has a faithful group of collectors who appreciate his need to move, inspire and awaken the viewer to the natural beauty around us.