Lenard Collins

Lenard Collins

Victoria, BC, Canada

About Lenard Collins

I am an artist who loves to work with encaustic wax. I combined it with other art mediums which I try to work in bright, textural figurative and abstract paintings. I am also a ux/web designer which is my full-time job.

I have always drawn and painted since high school but
fell into a career in design which I love but over the years
have found that working on the computer can be a
bit sterile. My closest friends are mostly artist so I have
always been surrounded by art but was more of the 'design the website and posters for them type' instead of me being the artist myself.

I experienced a very emotional and physical breakdown after a series of devastating life events which resulted in a few months in hospital. The saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is very true in my experience and I was lucky to be given a second chance. I took the downtime to really think and consider what was missing in my life and I decided to devote more time to my art and use it as a therapy to work through my issues.

I decided to try working in a new medium in which I could expand upon my existing painting skills in a new way. I had heard of encaustic painting which is basically using beeswax mixed with pigment to paint with. I quickly fell in love with the vibrant medium and began experimenting and mixing it with other mediums like oil and ink. I paint on cradled wood boards and incorporate found objects like shells, leaves, feathers and objects given to me by family and friends.

I am the 9th of 10 in my large family and benefit greatly from their love and support. I have been very fortunate to visit many of the world's great art galleries and have a deep love of Italy, Greece, Ireland, France, England, Scotland, Egypt, Jordan, Russia and my native Canada.

I live and work in Victoria BC and have a painting studio at Pendary House in Mechosin.

Events

HAVENWOOD 5

Group exhibition featuring: Lenard Collins, Ken Faulks, Belle Leon, Sheila Lintaman
& Sheryl Parsons.

November 1 - November 12, 2017
Coast Collective, Colwood Victoria BC


Sidney Fine Art Show
October 14 - 16, 2016
Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC


Encaustica
Explorations in Wax
Solo Show
July 20 - August 1, 2016
Coast Collective, Colwood Victoria BC


Appetite for ART. Sooke, BC - March 2015

Exhibitions

In Conversation II
Coast Collective Victoria BC
October 5 - 30 , 2016


Animal Magnetism - 3 paintings
Coast Collective Victoria BC
August 12 - 23, 2015

Destination Victoria: Small Local Treasures - 4 paintings
Coast Collective Victoria BC
July 22 - August 9, 2015

ASSOCIATIONS - 7 paintings
Coast Collective Victoria BC
July 1 - 19, 2015

Wishrush Gallery - 7 paintings
Mental Health
May 29th - July 2015

RE-VISION: Art for Earth Day! 4 paintings
Coast Collective Victoria
April 22 - May 3, 2015

NOTHING is so BEAUTIFUL - 1 painting
Float House Art Book Project - Victoria BC

Transformations - 2 paintings
Coast Collective Victoria BC
Jan 6 - 31 2016

RED - 2 paintings
Coast Collective Victoria BC
Feb 3 - 28 2016

Encaustica
July 20 - 31 2016
Solo Exhibition
Coast Collective Colwood BC