Carson Collins

Joined September 2007

I am a visual artist using mostly acrylic paint on canvas. I’ve been working on something that I call The Ocean Series since 1978....

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I’ve been working on an art project that I call The Ocean Series for the past thirty-three years.

The Ocean Series is a Remodernist response to the color-field paintings of Mark Rothko. Intriguing, relaxing, and evocative, these colorful images appeal to serious art lovers, those who meditate, and ocean lovers as well. Originals, prints, a calendar, and affordable signed posters can be purchased on line.

The central theme in my painting is the search for stillness, the sort of profound and lucid calm that is the result of meditation or contemplation; another main theme is the relationship between humans, the ocean, and the atmosphere. The intent of my work is to create an ambiance where the spiritual dimension of this relationship can be experienced.

Once in a while a commercial gallery will invite me to do an exhibition. Solos include:

Sarah Rentschler Gallery, NYC, NY, USA, 1980
Samadhi Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA 1982
Galleria Expressiva, San Jose, COSTA RICA, 1987
Norro Gruppen Konstgallerie, Stockholm, SWEDEN, 1991
Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL, USA, 1994
Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), Hollywood (Miami), FL, USA, 1996
Sekanina Contemporary Arts, Ferrara, ITALY, 2003
Elevator Gallery, Venice Beach (Los Angeles) California, USA, 2005.

I’m nomadic, never stay in one place for more than a year or two; don’t have any possessions except for what I can carry on the metal birds. So far I’ve lived in 9 of the USA States and 6 other countries. I prefer warm places, but anywhere with a left coast will do – for a while.

When I’m not painting I mostly spend the time walking or sitting on the beach, staring at the ocean. I meditate. I surf when I can. I take part-time work when it’s available; have had quite a variety of dead-end, no-brainer jobs, some of which I liked. I’ve got an MD degree from the University of Texas that I’ve chosen to ignore. You might also say that I have the equivalent of a PhD in ‘coping’.

  • Joined: September 2007


My Process, a Photo-Essay

This is where I live (digital photograph). / This is what I paint (cropped and enlarged from the photograph above). / This is a typical result (not based directly on any photograph; I don’t even own a camera). / My paintings, while they may appear realistic to some people and in certain contexts , are actually highly abstracted. This can be sen very clearly when they are viewed side-by side…
Posted almost 8 years – 4 comments

USA to Legalize Art Theft

The current May 17, 2008 U. S. Senate version of the “Orphan Works” legislation is a nightmare for artists. / Every country in the world currently recognizes an artist’s rights to their own work, with or without a formal copyright; all you need to do in the case of a dispute is prove that you did it first. / Leave it to the Legislative Branch of the USA Federal Government to att…
Posted over 10 years – 6 comments

What Love Is

Bertrand Russell described love as a condition of ‘absolute value’, as opposed to ‘relative value’. / Love recognizes a state of truth distinct from, and opposite to, the idea that there is a difference between the subject and the object. It is sometimes called ‘pantheism’. / Love is reality itself, of which we incorrectly perceive ourselves as an isolated par…
Posted over 10 years – 9 comments

The City Without Art

Let’s try to imagine the City Without Art. / At work,You can turn on the radio, but there’s no music. Music doesn’t exist. Just talk: news, opinion, advertising, propaganda… / At the end of your working day, you can’t go to the theatre, or the opera, or a concert, or the movies; they don’t exist. You can’t go home and get comfortable with a good book; the…
Posted over 10 years – 4 comments

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