skin horse paintings

In the Skin Horse [Fractured Perfection Paintings], Collins Physically spends months and years creating two paintings on one canvas...


The first is the perfectly imagined figurative horse beautifully layered, and depth filled... detailed to perfection..


Collins then takes a hammer and chisel to that initial work.... and literally destroys everything...... she then creates a second painting by re-assembling and repainting the figurative image anew... but beautifully flawed, like each of us.  It is the cracks through which the light enters our lives.

The title "Skin Horse" is an homage to the 1922 children's book by Margery Williams, "The Velveteen Rabbit in which the author shows the difference of reality through a child's eyes... creating life of an inatimate stuffed animal such that it becomes real through love.

For Collins, children see the world's reality much better than adults, they embrace the smallest detail, the movement of a leaf, the red of a ladybug, the wind's kiss upon your face -all as tangible magic.  Our greatest challenge as adults is to erase the layers of adult "learning" that has covered the beautiful joys of childhood.


Imperfection Becomes Beautiful


Scars are our Stories


The terrain of our lives is texture.