In 2009, after hanging a show that included several Sequoia paintings, in the Exeter Courthouse Gallery, my friend Holly and I went to Sequoia and camped and painted for a week. That was a defining moment. I fell in love with the Sequoias.
I discovered that there where many groves within an easy driving distance from my home in Porterville and that I could easily take a day trip to any of them. I started visiting groves, some with easy access and some that I should not have visited alone. Check out my reviews of several Easy Sequoia Trails on the blog page of my website at www.joycollier.com.
The second defining moment was when my friend Linda Lemons from Burford Frames in Porterville said “You know Joy, I see paintings of the trunks of the trees but not the whole tree” and the 6 foot tall canvas was born. This changed everything. I painted 2′ x 6′ trees. I showed them at “1st Saturday in Three Rivers” in front of the Gateway & Buckeye Lodges. They were a hit.
Over the last few years with fire after fire in the Sierras, I have realized how fragile this environment is and I’d like to do what I can to create awareness and supply resources for the protection of these giants found nowhere else on earth.
10% of all sales will be donated to the non-profit foundation for the park that the image was created in. Take a drive and hug a giant sequoia, today.
I thought that it was just time to paint this the largest and most popular Giant Sequoia for an all Sequoia Show at Arts Visalia in May 2017, “California’s Giant Sequoias – No Where Else on Earth”. more to come….
In the process of producing a large body of Giant Sequoia works. This is how I start. Nothing fancy. I usually have a collection of paintings at different stages going on at once, then if I get stuck or bored or looking for another element to include, I can focus on something else and let my subconscious find a solution.
I wanted to share a glimpse of what you might see when you join me on the studio tour. I have been working on a whole new series of Giant Sequoia paintings, part of my Giant Sequoia Series, in preparation for a traveling show “All about our Giants”. These paintings are in various degrees of done and un-done. I wanted to share the whole process with you. Many of the pieces you will see are brand new and have never been seen before. I hope you will join me.
The Arts Consortium is offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the world of local artists with the South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour: Opening Doors / Opening Minds taking place March 18-19-20, 2016.
Over the course of three days, 40 Tulare County artists will open their personal studio doors to the public, demonstrating their individual creative processes and sharing different phases and facets of their work. Ticket holders can ask questions, watch the artists in action, and build a more personalized relationship with the creative forces in our community.
Porterville artist Joy Collier will have her studio open and will have a limited number of passports available for sale. Please call to reserve one – 781-2696 or puchase one at the Art Consortium in Visalia, The Tulare Historical Museum or the Three Rivers Historical Museum.
Tour Passports are now on sale! Passports are only $15 for all three days and all artist studios.
Friday March 18, 2016: 10am-8pm.
Saturday March 19, 2016: 10am-8pm
Sunday March 20, 2016: 10am-5pm
For more information call the Arts Consortium at 559-802-3266.