Joan Collins is a seasoned photographer with numerous awards and invitational exhibits to her credit. She took first place in the prestigious 2017 Winter Juried Show of the Duxbury Art Association with her landscape, "Hideaway."  Images from her body of work, Art of the Sea, have won Best in Show in the Cape Cod Art Association's All New England Exhibit, Honorable Mention from the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Director’s Award from the Cape Cod Art Association, where she is a juried artist, and the Ester Conant Award for solo exhibit excellence the Helen Bumpus Gallery . She is also a Gallery Artist at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. Captivated by ocean waves she also photographs the “waves” of salt marsh grasses and of dramatic landscapes.

Joan lives most of the year on the coast of Massachusetts, overlooking wild salt marshes, a tidal basin and the open sea beyond. She winters on the south shore of Kauai in Hawaii where waves crash ashore almost at her doorstep. Her passion for the natural world and her intimate relationship with the sea grew out of this close proximity.

Artist Statement

My photographs reveal the intoxicating power of Nature. They convey both the intimacy of fern-carpeted forests and the extraordinary grandeur of sprawling seascapes. Smell pungent wood along a forest trail, hear the sea crash against primeval cliffs, and see the universe in a single wavelet.

I love Nature’s rich textures and diverse palette: from a wave’s gossamer white spume to the translucent aqua of a vast ocean, from rugged earthy lava and thick emerald leaves to opalescent sand along a delicate shore. Nothing can compete with Nature’s gusto and raw beauty. And nothing on earth so clearly exhibits that we are at once inconsequential and eternal.