My name is Christy Collins and I am the little painter behind Simple Sparrow. I am married to my favorite person who holds a lot of his own share of talent, especially in the film realm. (We both find ourselves humbled to do what we love for work.)
I have long since learned that I am much more than what I can or cannot create with a brush. I am a broken woman, hunted down by a Good King for the sake of being made whole.
Also, I adore traveling & cultures, I have an unhealthy and very uncool obsession with Dunkin' Donuts Coffee and I think coldwater springs are magical. I also have a cat named Tibby. We call her Tiberius when she's being fresh.
I want the things I create to stir up healing within the souls of people. Working on a project that means a great deal to someone is an inspiration to me. I prefer the pieces through which I can, in some small way, resurrect memories or give imagery to dreams.
I grew up drawing. In college I majored in Theatre Arts/Directing and after getting my feet wet with scenic painting and things like set, lighting and costume renderings, I signed up for a couple of basic art classes (Drawing I, Painting I.)
I got lucky and happened to study under a fantastic professor (whose name is Mr. Craft of all things) and I fell in love with painting. I have been working as a painter for 4 years.
I started out doing mostly commission work; I love collaborating with a client to make their vision happen. Recently I have embarked on the thrilling and slightly terrifying journey of making original art from my own inspiration. Themes I care about often revolve around the human experience as well as beautiful landscape scenery.
I usually prefer working with oil and acrylic paint, but I also use watercolor, charcoal and oil pastel. For some special projects I have used magazine, fabric, leaves and broken pottery.
I base my pricing on my hours painting, supplies and shipping costs. Every project is different. Once I get an idea for a specific project's needs, I am happy to offer an estimate.