Savonna Nicole Atkins is a painter and mixed-media artist living and working in Roswell, Georgia. Through abstract paintings, embroidered textile work, and installation, Atkins explores self-concept, the necessity for connection, and the absurdity of ideals. Atkins cuts and arranges fabric like smears and strokes of paint, relishing in the vast variety of textile textures. Stitches are sculptural lines that integrate and create strong securing connections. Her forceful marks, clunky knits, sheer silks, and delicate embellishments intertwine and collect with persistent intensity. Competitive struggles and absurdities of society fuel her obsessively layered process and complex forms.

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, Florida, 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. Atkins works part-time as a Recreation Therapist at the Shepherd Center, an Atlanta hospital specializing in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation. She enjoys making art accessible to her clients at the Shepherd Center and regularly witnesses the therapeutic benefits of art.