Savonna Nicole Atkins is an Atlanta-based painter and mixed-media artist. Through abstract paintings, Atkins explores self-concept and the necessity for connection. She weaves paint into compositions fueled by personal memories and imagined landscapes. Forceful marks, sheer washes, and delicate embellishments intertwine and collect with persistent intensity.
Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Atkins grew up attending Young People’s Studio classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Atkins later moved to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where in 2011 she received a B.A. in Recreation Therapy with minors in Studio Art and Psychology. Atkins continued her art education in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta in 2015.
Atkins has exhibited her work in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, California, and Hong Kong. Seven paintings and sculptures by Atkins belong to the SCAD Savannah and SCAD Hong Kong permanent collections. Additionally, her work is in private collections in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas, and California.