Collins juxtaposes elements of abstraction and traditional landscape in her oil paintings. “I have always been interested in color, texture and surface – fairly traditional abstract elements. I use the structure of predictable patterns to contrast with random expressions.” Collins draws inspiration from the beauty of Eastern Washington and the San Juan Islands. The patterns of the cultivated landscape create a patchwork quilt of abstract texture.
Collins received her BA and BFA from the University of Washington in 1975, and her MFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA in 1977. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Whitney Museum of American Art Fellowship. She has exhibited with Foster/White since 1982. Collins has work in public and corporate collections in Washington, Texas and California, and her work was selected by the Art in Embassies Program of the US State Department to be featured in an oversees embassy.