Linda Kollar earned an advertising degree at Mohawk Valley Community College, and has worked as a commercial artist for over 30 years. 21 of those years was at Olson Sign and Graphics in Scotia, where she was a graphic artist, and her husband, David, was general manager.
In the past 15 years, Linda has been taking home top awards at many area exhibits
including the Arkell Annual Juried Art Show, the Hagaman Art Show, the Colonie Art League Holiday Art Show and the Pruyn House Exhibit. In 2006, she was named outstanding abstract artist at the Central Adirondack Show in Old Forge.
She has been juried into the Cooperstown National Show. Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh has purchased one of her paintings for its permanent collection.
In 2011 and 2012, she won the "Best Depiction of the Stockade Neighborhood" award at the Stockade Villagers Outdoor Art Show, where she has been exhibiting for over 10 years.
Kollar is also a member of the Cooperstown Art Association and the Old Forge Art Guild.
Linda had 3 paintings accepted into the Winter/Spring "Elements" art show at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville, NY, from Feb. 2 to April 19, 2017.
"(My) developmental stages of experimental watermedia start without a preconceived idea of the finished painting. I love the freedom of just playing with paint, not knowing what I will create. As I build multiple layers of paint, a depth and intensity is created that is impossible to achieve any other way.
I work on several pieces at a time, and as the layers build, the paint takes on a direction of its own that guides me to completion. The finished piece becomes a window to my inner self...the realism depicts my years of formal training of the mind and body, while the abstract portrays my craving to break away and paint my soul.