Oxfordshire based Marjorie Collins, Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, the Society of Women Artists and the Oxford Art Society, was born in Chicago and moved to England in 1975. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design from the University of Michigan.
Currently she mostly paints contemporary still life and florals in watercolour. Her paintings are inspired by bright colours and the bold shadow shapes produced by lighting the subjects with a strong light source.
She has exhibited her work widely in galleries in solo as well as group shows both in the US and the UK and open exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Watercolour Society. Her paintings can be found in a number of corporate, private and public collections in both the UK and the US and images of her paintings have appeared in a number of magazines and books and also in the Public Catalogue Foundation collection.
Among the many prizes her work has been awarded are the Winsor and Newton Grand Award in the Celebration 2000 Competition sponsored by the Artist magazine, Runner up for the St Cuthbert’s Mill Award at the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition 2007, Daler Rowney Purchase Prize 2008 in the Society of Women Artist’s Exhibition. Finalist in the Flowers and Gardens Competition International Artist Magazine 2009. Winsor and Newton First Prize 2011 Royal Watercolour society, Daniel Smith Excellence in Colour Award 2011- Society of Women Artists. Shortlisted for the Artist of the Year Award 2013 -14 -Artists and Illustrators magazine .Shortlisted for the Jackson’s Open Art Prize 2018 and the St Cuthberts paper Mill Award 2018 at the Society of Women Artists exhibition.