Artist Spotlight – Olivia Collins
We had a chat with Olivia Collins,one of our long time artists here at Artist Lane. She spoke to us about how she returned to her creative roots and starting painting the beautiful work we see today. Sit back, relax and be sure to shop her collection here.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OTHER THAN ART?
I am an all round creative person and have been involved in various creative pursuits for as long as I remember – art, music, drama, and writing. I am also an exercise enthusiast – I love long-distance running (have done four marathons so far), yoga and just keeping fit!
IS ART SOMETHING YOU HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN FROM A YOUNG AGE? WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN IT?
In my early years I would constantly write stories and illustrate them at home in my spare time. I was also lucky enough to have a great art teacher in primary school who ran after school art classes, where I learnt to create all sorts of things – decoupage, papermache, sculpture – this was actually where I first came across the Italian art of marbling. We would experiment with the marbling technique on paper – funnily enough I often think back to when creating my resin works.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART?
Of my own resin art, my favourite pieces are ‘Going Global’, ‘I did go Indigo’ and the red pair (an unusual colour for me, I don’t often use it!) – ‘Take me to Beverly Hills’ and ‘Bold & the Beautiful’). The first two have sold and the latter two I have hanging in my studio to inspire me as I create my new works.
As far as my favourite piece of art by another artist goes … phew, where do I start, I am inspired by so many greats – Claude Monet, Cy Twombly, Dale Frank, John Olsen, Kathryn del Barton, Joshua Yeldham, David Bromley – the list goes on. Love them all for different reasons.
IS THIS YOUR FULL TIME JOB? WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE ART?
No, my other part-time job is piano teaching. I have 16 or so young students I teach after school and on Sat each week – this was a huge career change from my full-time corporate job before having kids! I had always thought when we (my husband and I) started a family I would return to my creative roots. Teaching piano from home, studying interior design and getting back into art was a natural progression for me as it allowed me to pursue my creative interests and maximise my time spent with my young family. I still pinch myself that I have made a career out of pursuing my passions – without trying to sound cliche it is actually a dream come true.
HOW DID YOU GET INSPIRATIONS FOR NEW PIECES?
I find inspiration in all sorts of places. Visually I am inspired by beauty in nature, travel, prints & patterns and colour schemes used in fashion and interiors. I am always taking photographs and scouring pinterest and instagram and my saved pictures feature all of the above. Music also plays a huge part in the inspiration process for me – a piece that moves me or makes me want to dance often gets the creative juices flowing! I find movement is also conducive to the creative process and will often dream up my next piece whilst on a run or after a class of flow yoga.
WHAT PROCESS GOES INTO CREATING A NEW PIECE?
Once I have the inspiration or vision for my piece in mind, the rest falls into place quite seamlessly. It is difficult to explain but quite honestly, the work takes on a force of it’s own. For me the most important thing is knowing how I want the work to turn out. Making art is a very purposeful process for me, I rarely start one without prior planning (perhaps that is indicative of my personality too – I am a Virgo – say no more!!)
WHAT IS THE MOST INDISPENSABLE ITEM IN YOUR STUDIO?
My metallic powder pigments – the effects they create in my resin artworks are just magic
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLING TIPS FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO USE YOUR PIECE IN THEIR SPACES?
Yes. I like to style my interiors around works of art (mine or others). I pick the key colours and try to mimic them in my choice of soft furnishings such as cushions, throws etc. Large pieces of furniture such as sofas, beds and rugs I like to keep fairly neutral. I am drawn to minimalistic and sophisticated spaces that allow a statement piece of artwork (i.e my large-scale abstract resins!) to do the talking.
WHAT CAN READERS LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU?
My current series is inspired by the tropics 🙂 I won’t give too much away but I am experimenting with mixed media and cross-genres to create a theme and style that is a little bit fun and fresh!
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY?
Sunday is a family day for us! An ideal lazy Sunday would go something like this …
A nice sleep-in.
‘Family walk’, as we call it – with hubby, our two girls and two dogs. We live Bayside and love nothing more than a dose of fresh sea air and a chance to reflect on the week together on our walks.
Brunch at our favourite local eatery.
An afternoon adventure – definitely a splash at the beach in summer!
Alfresco style bbq at home with friends and family to finish the evening.