Akins grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She says, "I've
known since before I could sign my name that I would be an artist."
In 1980 she received her BFA with High Distinction in Drawing
from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and in 1983
she moved to Madison, Wisconsin.
did research to get an accurate representation of walnut
trees for this mural, created by the Millennium Murals team
(of which she is a part) and commissioned by the State Bank
of Cross Plains in Mount Horeb, WI.
then her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and
internationally, honored with awards, and has been purchased
for numerous private, and corporate collections.
2001 she moved her home and studio out of the city of Madison
and into the rolling hills of rural Black Earth, Wisconsin,
where she currently resides.
Akins is fascinated with the patterns, textures and geometry
of jewelry and origami, she finds her greatest inspiration comes
through an intimate relationship with nature. When drawing and
painting, much time is spent in observation as she works toward
a realistic representation that has an ethereal quality and
a sense of depth and the Infinite. Art Muscle magazine
has described her artwork as, "strongly rendered with a
subtle hint of Impressionism."