We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was not pursuing this path at first. I took art classes in public school every grade level and enjoyed them greatly. Not to get into it much but being shy and loner effected my emotions. Art, I feel was always a way to freely express and be true to me. In high school and Community college I was not sure of my path in life. I just knew college would be a good step to have for any career path I choose. During this time, I just started creating because I found freedom in creating. Graduating with my associates helped manifest a path for me. My thought was to create and help. What is the best way to stay in art and help at the same time? Education was my path. I struggled greatly in early years of life. I found joy, appreciation, and care through art. I want to teach and help through art. Channel the struggle of life to the creative process. At the same time I want to explore what I can offer as an artist as well as teach.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Life gives you time to develop yourself constantly. I have disabilities and one would challenge me the most being an artist. Despite being red green colorblind I still pursue art. My style has developed as I learned more techniques and history of art. My art is directly influence by these factors. Traditional techniques meet experimental. I am able to do realism with large amounts of time so I tend to go the abstraction and surrealism mix.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Things to check out I will just list off.
Coral Sword for Tabletop Gaming and coffee Cafe.
The amount of museums and galleries’ in Houston area: The Menil Collection is my personal favorite, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Natural Science Museum of Houston, The Orange Show, Project Row House, and The Grogan Gallery.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The professor who gave me encouragement at San Jacinto South. Everyone I meet at UHCL and the professors.