Gillian Collins was born in England. Her family immigrated to Maryland in the early 1960s where she continues to reside. She received her BFA and MFA from Towson University. As a co-owner of residential plumbing and HVAC service companies, her association with these trades artistically inspires Collins.
Divorcing the form from the function of mechanical components, she conveys the importance of these vital but unnoticed engineering feats in her paintings, compelling the viewer to contemplate the foundation of our technological advancement. Using traditional oil paint medium and mixed media, she blends historic classic realism with contemporary abstraction to convey the importance of these vital, but unnoticed man-made components.
Collins is affiliated with The Artist Gallery located in historic Frederick, MD and has shown in numerous juried exhibitions within the Washington/Baltimore area, including the Maryland Eastern shore area. As a copyist, Collins has been affiliated with the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC since 2014.