“To me the essence of my art is to capture a moment in time that reflects a sense of place or the change of the seasons– whether it is a breathtaking view from the valley hilltop or a close up of a flower in bloom come springtime.”
Marta Collings is an award winning landscape artist who specializes and excels in wine country landscapes. Having lived in Napa Valley since 1986, Marta has a true understanding and appreciation for the Napa Valley and picturesque setting she calls home. Weather permitting Marta paints her watercolors or oils on location outdoors, preferring “plein air” painting to studio painting. This allows her work to absorb and portray all of the natural elements surrounding her at that very moment. Nature’s nuances of colors from the soothing blue sky touched by whimsical clouds to the riches of the earth and its vine laden fruit are her inspiration and subject matter in most of her art.
Marta’s style of painting stems from her love of color, painting “wet on wet” allows her to layer colors creating a translucent like quality found in all of her paintings. Her exciting works are given a richer depth by contrasting values of light against dark through glazing and by her saturation of paints.
A formal education in art from San Jose State University and Chico State University provided the foundation for Marta’s professional career. She has perfected her skills over the years through constant practice and hard work. When not creating stunning pa
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