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Local painter blends the outdoors with indoors

Liz Collins’ oil pastels have a cozy touch to them. She often draws rooms, packed with heavy upholstered furniture, with views of emerald green oceans, reddish-amber mountains and wind-bent cypress trees.

Collins has been a full-time artist for the past three decades. A Nevada City resident for 18 years, her artworks have been displayed across the western U.S. and as far east as St. Louis.

“I’m inspired by the merging of the man-made world of straight lines and perspectives of interiors with the wildness of the natural world,” Collins said. “I like merging the interiors with the natural environment by skewing the perspectives and wobbling the lines of objects and architecture. I like the interiors to have a life of their own.”

Collins said she’s inspired by American painter Thomas Hart Benton and French artist Henri Matisse. But she was first drawn to the idea of blending outdoors with indoors after seeing the works of a New York City artist who’s name Collins can’t recall, Collins said.

Today, Collins spends five to eight hours a day, five days a week at her studio, she said. She typically has 10 shows a year, she added.

“It’s more than a full-time job,” Collins said.

Collins’ originals can cost between $500 and $5,000, she said. Her prints can be anywhere between $30 and $550, she added.

Collins has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She lives in Nevada City with her 12-year-old daughter Lilly Collins and her husband, Stephen Jackson, who’s a contractor by profession.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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