Linda Kol­lacks

American Art Collector - - Artists Focus -

The paint­ings of Linda Kol­lacks of­fer a feast of color to de­light the eyes and an en­ergy that re­flects her pas­sion for paint­ing. Her goal is not just a du­pli­ca­tion of the sub­ject be­fore her but rather an imag­i­na­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion us­ing the solid paint­ing skills de­vel­oped over the years.

An early move to Brus­sels, Bel­gium, spawned an in­ter­est in land­scape paint­ing and pro­vided many op­por­tu­ni­ties for her to paint plein air, a dis­ci­pline she says can­not be over­es­ti­mated. “Such ex­plo­ration not only en­riched my art ex­pe­ri­ence but also broad­ened my life per­spec­tive,” Kol­lacks shares, “and I’m deeply grate­ful for this.”

Kol­lacks ac­cepts com­mis­sions, teaches por­trai­ture and paints land­scapes and still life. “It’s im­por­tant to see one­self as an artist first, not just a por­traitist, oth­er­wise one can so eas­ily be­come stilted as a painter,” she ex­plains. “What I learn from paint­ing other gen­res also ben­e­fits my por­trait work. Each time I be­gin a paint­ing, I look for some­thing com­pelling in the sub­ject which drew me to it in the first place, and I try to re­main faith­ful to that im­me­di­ate cre­ative im­pulse.”

Kol­lacks is a mem­ber of Por­trait So­ci­ety of Amer­ica, Oil Painters of Amer­ica and Na­tional Oil & Acrylic Painters’ So­ci­ety. She is rep­re­sented by Por­traits Chicago in Lake For­est, Illi­nois, and Cur­tis Gallery in Lib­er­tyville, Illi­nois.

Deb­o­rah in Dirndl, oil, 20 x 16"

Moun­tain Melody, oil, 30 x 24"

Diebold Farm, oil, 11 x 14"

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