Featured Artist Gina Torkos

Artist Gina Torkos presents a group of nature-inspired collages with fascinating detail and texture. View more of her work by visiting her website.

 

collage of a seagull by Gina Torkos

“Windswept” collage, 16″ x 20″

 

Sometimes in life, your head leads you into a career when your heart has something entirely different in mind. My heart was singing out loud when I was approached to create art materials for two of my Speech Pathology professors in grad school.

 

collage of a sheep by Gina Torkos

“In Pursuit of the Cute” collage, 16″ x 16″

 

I spent my days as a speech therapist and my nights in art classes. My perseverance paid off and I was able to make a career transition to a full-time artist.

 

collage of a pelican by Gina Torkos

“A Place in the Sun” collage, 24″ x 30″

 

I took every art class I could find, learning the fundamentals of art and getting experience with different mediums. I focused on oil painting for several years and really fell in love with it.

 

collage of lavender and olive trees by Gina Torkos

“Olives and Lavender” collage, 30″ x 24″

 

At the same time, I was writing in my “morning pages” (thank you Julia Cameron), and collaging with quotes and simple images in a scrap book. These three activities finally converged into an art journal that I painted, collaged, and wrote in.

 

collage of a Highland Coo by Gina Torkos

“Highland Coo” collage, 20″ x 20″

 

I ultimately found what got me out of bed at the wee hours of the morning, excited to start creating. That was collage. The full scale, fine art collages I now produce are the culmination of years of playing around with collage exercises, which I still practice to this day.

 

collage of woodstorks by Gina Torkos

“Wood Storks” collage, 24″ x 30″

 

I love the process of making a collage and have developed a unique style. My collages are representational. In each one, I’ve used the freedom to create from my imagination. From afar they look like paintings, but when you get closer, you will be surprised by what you see.

 

collage of a dinghy in the water by Gina Torkos

“Serenity” collage, 24″ x 18″

 

With my passion for travel and photography, I have a plethora of photos to use as reference for my subject matter and for elements in the collages. Once I have my subject dialed in, I do a detailed sketch on canvas; sometimes this evolves into grisaille to ensure I get the values right.

 

collage of a stork by Gina Torkos

“Walking on Water” collage, 24″ x 30″

 

Next is the challenging process of sorting through magazines searching for values, textures, patterns, words and phrases. I place them on the canvas and transform hundreds of disparate scraps into a cohesive image.

 

collage of a heron with its nest by Gina Torkos

“Minding the Nest” collage, 30″ x 30″

 

I don’t have many rules since I like to experiment, but one is sacred—not using an image of the thing I am creating (no branches in that bird nest).

 

Artist Gina Torkos in her studio

Artist Gina Torkos in her studio

 

Collage forces me to go beyond logical thinking and truly use my imagination. For me, it’s the most creative, fun and intuitive form of artistic expression I have found.

 

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Comments

  1. Gina,
    I love your images of birds and animals you have depicted through collage. They look so realistic and very imaginative. I don’t know how you do it, but keep on. The paintings are great!

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