Emily Collins is from Beaufort, SC where she grew up teaching herself art through observation. Early on, she recognized her passion for painting and sought to improve and explore other disciplines through various summer programs. In high school, she attended programs at Winthrop College, SCAD, and was granted scholarship to study abroad in Spoleto, Italy. Undecided on whether to pursue a career in arts or sciences, Emily attended Wake Forest University so that she could explore both.
At Wake Forest, it became her pursuit to become a modern day Renaissance woman. Emily began her collegiate career as a studio art major, a member of the Wake Forest Dance Company, and avid student in the liberal arts. However, after returning from a semester in Paris studying art, she began volunteering as an art therapist and discovered she was missing the balance of science and service to others in her fields of study. To fulfill her school motto, Pro Humanitate: the use of knowledge, talents, and compassion to better the lives of others, she delved completely into the Pre- Allied Health program at Wake Forest to complete her undergraduate degree.
You may typically find her work in local businesses, such as coffee shops and medical offices. In this way, her art acts as a tool for connecting with community by creating space for reflection and conversation in one’s everyday experiences. Additionally, she conducts most of her business via an online platform. Her painting "Plum Hill Tree" was awarded Special Recognition by Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for Art Landscapes Art Exhibition in October 2020.
Currently, Emily is living in Alexandria, VA balancing science and art with a means to care for others as an Orthopedic Surgery Physician Assistant and as a Freelance Studio Artist. Her work is influenced by memories and impressions of eastern coastal life that aim to evoke peace, reflection, and appreciation for the natural world.
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