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Art & Life with Faren Collins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Faren Collins.

Faren, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am originally from Marietta, Georgia. I grew up loving all types of art. In the third grade, I took interest in watercolor painting and charcoal. Although I had a natural knack for art, my life ventured in a different direction. My mother enrolled me in classical ballet and voice lessons. At the age of 12, I decided to dedicate my life to dance and voice. I attended a performing arts high school in Mableton, Georgia. From there, I attended Penn State University. In 2008, I graduated as the second African American female with a B.F.A degree in Musical Theatre Performance. I moved to New York to pursue my dream of being on Broadway. While in New York, I immersed myself into many different worlds of art and performance such as: Miss USA pageant, Miss America pageant, modeling and writing. After two and a half years of living in New York, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts and became a dancer for NBA Boston Celtics. I was a part of the NBA organization for 3 years. In 2014, I retired as a dancer and moved to Los Angeles where I currently reside.

While living in Los Angeles, I’ve had a more life experiences that stressed me out and made a sad person. I honestly felt like my artistic soul had died. It wasn’t until one random Sunday, I decided to pick up a paint brush and try my hand at watercolor painting after 20 plus years. To my surprise, I found light and joy again. My art and business gave me a reason to smile and have hope. Suddenly Los Angeles… has given me a new artistic soul.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a water colorist. My inspiration for each painting is based off of energy. This is very difficult for me to share… However, I was born “empathic” … It is relatively common thing, I take on emotions and thoughts that are my own as well as others. At times, life can be extremely over whelming mentally. Living in Los Angeles there an abundance of lingering emotions and energy.

Through watercolor (specifically), I can filter out and translate different things. When I first started, I wanted to paint my friends and family. I was not sure how to go about that technically, so I decided to feel my way through it. I would get myself in a meditative state and flow through the watercolor on paper. I never have a true direction in how I want a piece to flow. I set aside ALL judgment and I never stop to start over. I focus on the energy of the person I’m painting. THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT!!! I noticed that my family and friends all turned to be of a floral inspiration. To dive deeper into my psyche… I suppose I see people that love like flowers in garden. All of them different, beautiful, imperfect, constantly growing, flourishing and all in need of light.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
JUST DO IT AND CONFIDENCE WILL COME LATER. Art has NO rules… your fine! One’s art will always be effective to someone and there no such thing as good or bad art. I wish I had found myself in painting much earlier. However, Gods timing is always right. The lesson I’ve learned is to keep faith.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a website.
I also have an Instagram page: farever_art

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Image Credit:
Patrick Hamilton
Jodie Elmer

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