Artist and Educator
I am a Visual Artist. This is how I describe my practice.
I also describe my practice as being that of maker, teacher, book artist, depending on context. In truth, being a self-employed artist results in having a number of roles, leading to this variety of job descriptions.
Originally trained as an illustrator and, initially, working for a period as an archaeological illustrator, I went on to enjoy success as a commercial illustrator, working mostly in the fields of design and publishing. Alongside this, I have consistently worked as a visiting lecturer in art and design departments throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as at the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands.
Enter these galleries and experience just some of my work. Feel how the various aspects of my practice interconnect around the ‘threads’ of inspiration which are, for me, the natural world and poetry and how everything that I make and become engaged in contributes to becoming a part of my attempt to receive sustenance from both.
Please get in touch using the contact form to make enquiries about purchasing original pieces of work, or beautiful Giclee prints, which are available in limited editions, or to commission a new artwork.
I’m thrilled to be the Artist in Residence at the ‘hidden’ gem that is Dr. Neil’s Garden, by the shores of Duddingston Loch, near Edinburgh (from June 2021-June 2022) where I’ll be found, ‘dropping down’ amongst the plants and general ambience of this special spot. The poet, John Clare (1793-1864) described his need for “dropping down”, in order that he be better able to see nature as it might appear to other beings – he ‘dropped down’ in order that he might better attune to his immediate environment. I too am trying to allow myself to do this – slowing down, dropping down, seeing as heeding…
I have collaborated with the wonderful Tomáš Liška and Invisible World on a music video inspired by a track called "Another Thing to Think About" from the band's new album "Hope" and you can view it here* https://brigidcollinsart.com/films/
Inspired by a quote from the Journals of Anais Nin: "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they...