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Former High Desert resident opens solo art exhibition in LA
APPLE VALLEY • Years after an Apple Valley high school teacher was the first to commission his student's artwork, former High Desert resident Travis Collinson has opened his first solo exhibition in a Los Angeles gallery.
The exhibition opened with a reception at Maloney Fine Art in Los Angeles on Saturday and will continue through Feb. 15.
Collinson describes his style as fairly traditional, saying he does a lot of portraits and nature studies, with an obsession with drawing “small universes of sticks and leaves” on the ground.
Spending most of his childhood in the High Desert, Travis Collinson, 33, attended Apple Valley High School and Victor Valley College before getting his BFA in painting from California State University Fullerton and moving to San Francisco.
Having known Collinson since he was in elementary school, former Apple Valley High School teacher Hank Richards commissioned his work early on in his artistic career.
“I needed to have some artwork done for my classroom at Apple Valley High School and knew that Travis was an artist, so I called him in,” said Richards. “He was able to paint five original pieces on the hallway. Unfortunately, they’ve since been painted over.”
WhiLe at VVC, Collinson said he first became serious about his art, remembering one professor, Marc Ramano, as particularly inspirational.
Collision’s mother, Cheryl Collision, says that her son has been self-motivated since he was in elementary school, both in academics and his artwork.
“I’m just proud of him because he works so hard,” Cheryl Collinson said. “He never has downtime, and he’s always working on several projects.”
Travis Collinson explained that he is almost always painting.
“The job of the artist is to continue to make work and then once you have it made, you have to find a place to show it,” he explained
Travis Collinson has been in several group shows and has two pieces in the permanent collection at Berkeley Art Museum.
This show, his first solo show, came about when the gallerist at Maloney Fine Art visited the home of a collector who had Collinson’s artwork on display. The gallerist then contacted Collinson to plan the exhibition.
Collision said his biggest piece of advice for aspiring artists is to study other artists’ work.
“If you want to be an artist, you have to want to look at art,” Collinson said. “Become aware of art in general. You’ll have more info to contribute to you become an artist.”
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