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Michael Collins is an experienced painter of architecture and has specialised in the subject for many years, mainly for the architectural profession and the property development industry. He relocated from the Thames Valley in 1987 to live in Mid Devon. Inspired by the beautiful countryside and traditional farms and dwellings, the long held ambition to diversify from largely commercial subjects took hold.

Elsewhere on this site can be seen examples of this diversification painted for exhibition or commission, using mainly water colour but also drawings rendered with ink or pencil, additional samples may be seen on the Tiverton Art Society web site.

www.tivertonartsociety.co.uk

I asked Mike if he could do a close up water colour of my house, from across the pond in my front garden, getting the gable end roses in on the right and at least part of the venerable old willow on the left. I knew straight away that it was a big ask but he said he would do what he could. The sketch looked great and the end result absolutely outstanding with roses and willow somehow included! The picture now has pride of place in the sitting room and is remarked upon by every visitor without exception.

Brian J Ward, Devon

What to give my wife for her birthday? A painting of the view of her garden she loves.

Thank you Michael Collins….Derek Harris, Dorset

Thank you Mike for painting it exactly as I wanted. Decoy Lake in daytime with a night sky was probably not how you would have painted it, but it was the perfect twist I was looking for, making people stare at it then finally say ‘what’s wrong with it’ and then say ‘Oh yeah! Good innit’. Thanks again for the easy arrangement and for getting it framed all at a surprisingly good price.

Jon Walker Newton Abbott

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Tel: Mike Collins 01884 34994