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Gigi Collins

Gigi has had a career in Film, Television, and Broadway Theater since the early 1990s. As a Visual Arts major and Theater minor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, a career in film production beckoned early. Her love for visual art and design never waned, and has now come full circle.

Coming from an artistic family, she was fortunate to grow up with like-minded creatives. Her father is a writer, her mother an interior designer and master gardener. Her brother is an accomplished actor, director, and screen writer. “It runs in the blood: we’re a family of troubadours who love to shape and create. It’s a special bond”.

Her work is inspired by vignettes of color pallets, textures and shapes she observes and photographs in everyday life and nature. She loves being in the mountain river areas of the east coast with her partner who is an avid fly fisherman. Art and design have always been intrinsic to her nature, and in 2017 she starting building stone-balance sculptures in the rivers and creeks of the Smoky and Appalachian Mountains. Last year, her love of creating and designing with color and texture translated back to her first love of visual art on canvas from her early years of study.

Working in mixed media acrylic with elements of handmade paper collage, gouache, and charcoal with various tools and mediums, there is an emphasis on texture and layering using mostly larger canvases. She is happy when the pieces evolve organically from the loose starting point of the photo and palette she chooses. From there the process is usually an emotional journey which is both cathartic and spiritual.

When she is not on set or creating in an Eastern mountain river or creek, Gigi paints in her home studio near Atlanta Georgia, and is excited to grow her emerging art portfolio.