Gina Batten Collis is an abstract artist living out on Banks Peninsula. Originally from the UK Gina has lived in New Zealand for 7 years and sells her art here and internationally.
Gina is self-taught and works mostly with oils and palette knife to create multi-layered compositions on canvas or plyboard.
The simplicity and simultaneous complexities of Gina’s work takes influence from her personal journey with depression after a car accident, combined with Mother Nature’s seasonal colour palettes and textures, along with the everchanging mood of the sea.
Her happy place is her studio, painting along with loud music as company and having the space to express all this in bold, sharp colours and contrasts.
Gina finds herself on an inspirational new journey each time she creates a painting and breathes life into it.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”
By Thomas Merton.