About the Artist
Shirley Collins is a photographer, artist, writer living and working in Eugene, Oregon. Raised in a small Southern California community noted for its healthy climate, orchards and surrounded on the north and south by over 8,500 foot mountains, Collins was inspired by the natural beauty of her childhood environment.
Largely self-taught, Collins attended UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Foothill College workshops where Ansel Adams and Marion Patterson were instructors. Collins began exhibiting her work over 30 years ago in various locations throughout Silicon Valley. Her passion for creativity has since expanded to writing prose to accompany her photographs and can be enjoyed in a series of eight small handmade books. Shirley’s photography book entitled “Inspiring Women 55+” has been well received.
Collins has also been inspired by the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and their mission to honor and heal our Mother Earth. The Thirteen Grandmothers are powerful and holy women passionate in their dedication toward helping this planet become a sacred home for humanity and all of Creation. Her Mandala paintings reflect these concepts.
Collins is a member of the Lane Arts Council, Maude Kerns Art Center, New Zone Gallery and a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.