Karen Collins

Oil Paintings

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About Karen Collins, Australian Artist (click to expand >>  )

Current Painting Series for 2018

After a challenging 2017, I decided to start a series of paintings around obsticles and overcoming them. I thought about my love of hiking and conquering mountains. Sometimes the mountain seems insurmountable, but with determination, sweat and sometimes simply plodding along, one foot in front of the other, you get to the top and are rewarded with spectacular views and a great sense of achievement and relief.

My "Climb Every Mountain" series is all about conquering challenges. It also combines my love of the bush and hiking with painting! I am hoping to exhibit around the middle of this year.

me and my art

I was born and bred in Brisbane, but have also been lucky enough to experience life in London, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2012 I returned to my roots and family in beautiful Brisbane.

Being a keen traveller, bush walker and cyclist, I have collected many images - in my head, and camera - from all over the world. These provide me with an almost unlimited supply of inspiration with which to create my oil paintings.

I run a web design and graphic design business, as well as looking after ART ST.Art Studio

I regularly attend various life drawing classes and workshops. I have previously attendeded life drawing classes at The Royal Qld Art Society, many and varied classes at The Brisbane Institute of Art, classes at the Victorian Artists Society and other ad-hoc workshops. No matter what the class is, there is always something new to learn and tips to pick up!

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"I was very pleased to be able to purchase Karen's works online. The works are fantastic and the artist very professional. The two pieces now hang proudly in my home. I can certainly recomend Art St and Karen Collins."
- Graeme

 

Inspiration for ArtAnimal Art

I find inspiration in travelling, nature and exploring Australia's wonderful national parks and beaches.

I have a love of animals which I often feel compelled to include in my art.

Art Exhibitions

You can also see some of my art: Australian Lanscape

Paintings for Sale

Below is a selection of art created by Karen Collins which is for sale. All are wired and ready to hang. I am also happy to accept commissions.

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Landscapes

Australian Landscape Painting
"THE MOUNTAIN AND MEE"
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Oil on Canvas
61 x 91 x 4 cm
$800

This is a beautiful area of Mt Mee. Following the fire trail brings you to an escarpment with views over Wivenhoe Dam. Sometimes it is about the journey and not the destination!
Landscape, landscape painting, Australian Landscape, Mt Mee
Australian Landscape Painting
"DON'T WARRIE, BE HAPPY"
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Oil on Linen
76 x 76 x 4 cm
$800

Springbrook National Park, is one of those areas that is so close to Brisbane I often wonder why I don’t go there more! This beautiful rock overhang can be found on the Warrie Circuit. Along this walk you see a great variety of wildlife including Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots and, in the rockpools, little blue crayfish. Forget your “warries” and enjoy this absolutely spectacular area!

Landscape, landscape painting, Australian Landscape, Springbrook National Park, Warrie Circuit, Qld Parks
Australian Landscape Painting
"NORMAN'S ROCKS"
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Oil on Canvas
76 x 76 x 4 cm
$800

Giraween National Park is scattered with huge granite boulders, sometimes precariously balancing on the edge… but somehow they remain solidly rooted and unmoving. Full of contrasts – colours, shapes, old and new.

Landscape, landscape painting, Australian Landscape, granite belt, Giraween
Seascape painting
"WEST OF MORETON"
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Oil on Canvas
182 x 60 x 4 cm
$NFS
Landscape, landscape painting, Seascape, Australian Landscape, sunshine coast
Australian Landscape Landscape Painting
"HAPPILY MAROONED"
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Oil on Canvas
61 x 91 x 4 cm
$800

A great place to be marooned for a few hours and gaze at one of the best views in Qld! From the top of Mt Maroon, you can see forever! The view in my painting shows Mt Barney National Park and the Main Range. It was the first decent mountain I climbed after my knee operation and I wasn’t sure if I would make it. But thanks to all the physio and knee brace, I did make it and reaching the top was even sweeter!

Landscape, landscape painting, Mt Maroon, Australian Landscape, scenic rim
Australian Landscape Landscape Painting
"BEST OF ALL RIDGES"
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Oil on Canvas
76 x 102 x 4 cm
$950

One of the best walks in Queensland!
Mt Cougal is right on the Qld/NSW border and it’s double humps are easily identified from afar. This image is from the first “hump” looking across to the second and the track goes along the top of the ridge to the top of the second “hump”. It is a good, challenging walk, but definitely worth the effort for the amazing views from the top!!
And you can see Springbrook National Park’s “Best of All Lookout” in the background.

Landscape, landscape painting, Mt Cougal, Australian Landscape, scenic rim, painting of Mt Cougal
Landscape Painting
"LINDESAY'S TIERS"
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Oil on Canvas
122 x 91 x 4 cm
$1400

This is one mountain I am yet to climb and as my body ages and knees wear out, I wonder if I will ever be fit enough to get there! In the meantime, I am happy to absorb the beauty of this mountain and the surrounding dry Australian landscape and big, wide, open spaces where you can really breathe.

Landscape, landscape painting, Mt Lindesay, Australian Landscape, scenic rim, painting of Mt Lindesay
Landscape Painting
"HIKERS' HEAVEN"
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Oil on Canvas
122 x 91 x 4 cm
$1400

This was one of those walks where training is required. This is one of those mountains where, although I had trained, I found myself wondering if I would make it and wishing for a café and an escalator to appear around the next bend. “Just keep going, just keep going, left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot …. still no café nor escalator …. left, right … OMG! I’m at the top! I’ve done it!!!!”

Landscape, landscape painting, Mt Barney, Australian landscape, scenic rim, Painting of Mt Barney
Landscape Painting
"MARGARET'S VIEW TOO"
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Oil on Canvas
76 x 102 x 4 cm
$950

Have you visited the Tweed Regional Gallery at Murwillumbah? As well as a wonderful display of great artworks (including Archibald finalists), they have a fantastic recreation of a couple of rooms from Margaret Olley's home studio. The gallery also overlooks the most spectacular countryside. My painting shows the view from the gallery where you can see Mt Warning in the far distance. Mt Warning provides a lovely walk with a scramble up a chain to reach the top. Great views again!

Landscape, landscape painting, Murwillumbah, Australian Landscape, Mt Warning, scenic rim
Landscape Painting
"PALM GORGE"
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Oil on Canvas
76 x 102 x 4 cm
$950

This spectacular gorge is found in Mt Greville. It is a relatively easy walk up and coming back down through this palm-filled gorge is gorgeous!

Landscape, landscape painting, Mt Greville, scenic rim, Australian landscape
Oil Landscape
"RURAL RETREAT"
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Oil on Canvas
91.5 x 61 x 4 cm
$600
Landscape, landscape painting, painting of lake
Painting of Sheep
"BALMY AFTERNOON"
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Oil on Canvas
76 x 51 x 4 cm
$500
Landscape, landscape painting, sheep, farm, anmials


Climb Every Mountain Series

My "Climb every Mountain" series (above) combines my passion for painting with hiking and features an array of spectacularly beautiful mountains which are easily accessible from Brisbane.

This series is all about conquering challenges! Like taking a difficult hike, creating a painting not only provides great rewards but also physical and mental challenges. Reaching the peak of a mountain is akin to a painting reaching the stage when you know it works.  The outlook is grand and the rest is all down-hill.


Seascapes

Painting of Seagull
"FREE"
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Oil on Canvas
122 x 91.5 x 4 cm
$950
seagulls, seascape, birds, ocean beach
Painting of Seagulls Painting of Seagulls
"SEAGULLS"
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Oil on Canvas
122 x 91.5 x 4 cm
$950
seascape, beach, ocean, birds, seagulls
Seascape painting
"WEST OF MORETON TOO"
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Oil on Canvas
61 x 30.5 x 4 cm
$400
Seascape, seacape painting, Glasshouse Mountains,, Australian Landscape, Sunshine coast

Finalist: 2018 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Prize
Painting of Sailing Ships
"HOPE"
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Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 x 4 cm
$500
old ship, sailing ship, ocean, seascape, sailing boat, ships

Finalist: 2018 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Prize
Seascape
"STORMY WAVE"
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Oil on Canvas
45.5 x 91 x 4 cm
$630
seascape, beach, ocean, marine art


Oil Painting Stockroom

Painting of Dog
"THE LOST SHOE"
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Oil on Canvas in
white box frame
55 x 55 cm
$510
painting of window, painting of dog, oil painting, painting of France

Painting of Brahman
"BARRY"
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Oil on Raw Linen
61 x 61 x 4 cm
$500
painting of brahman, painting of cows, animal art, cows, cattle


Paintings Sold

Painting of Moreton Bay
"MORETON BAY DUNES"
Oil on Canvas
91 x 61 x 4 cms
$600
Landscape painting, seascape, seascape painting, Moreton Bay, Moreton Island, sand dunes

Painting of Sunshine Coast Hinterland
"SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND - MT PINBARREN #2"
Oil on Canvas
60.5 x 91.5 x 4 cms
$650
Landscape painting, painting of rural farmland, sunshine coast, sunshine coast hinterland, Mt Pinbarren

Landscape Painting
"THE WAY"
Oil on Canvas
101 x 76 cm
$700

oil landscape, falls creek, landscape
Painting of Story Bridge
"UNDER THE BRIDGE"
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Oil on Canvas
in white box frame
106 x 106 x 5 cms
$900


Landscape painting, Brisbane, Story Bridge, painting of Story Bridge

Please note: Free delivery to greater Brisbane customers, however, to other areas an additional fee for postage and packaging may be applicable.

To view any of Karen Collins' artwork, please contact her directly on Ph: 0413 852 774 or send her an email:

    



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Date: 3 March 2016  |  Score: Positive  |  Transaction:  "THE HOMESTEAD" (Commission)
"Just wanted to let you know the painting has safely arrived, and it is absolutely beautiful! The photos don't do it justice, thank you so much for doing it! I'm sure my brother and new sister in law will be thrilled. Will definitely keep you in mind next time we want a painting done. I couldn't be happier with it! You're very talented."
- Naomi 😁

 

Date:  11 January, 2014 | Score: Positive | Transaction: "WINTER REMEDY", "MORETON BAY STORM"
"I was very pleased to be able to purchase Karen's works online. The works are fantastic and the artist very professional. The two pieces now hang proudly in my home. I can certainly recommend Art St and Karen Collins."
- Graeme

Date:  5 June, 2013 | Score: Positive | Transaction: "LABRADORS PLAYING AT SEA EDGE"
"I was really pleased with my painting and the ease of dealing with ARTST and the artist was great - highly recommend."
- Craig