Linda Collura, Painting

forest scene, frogs, birds, butterflies

Unknown Habitat by Linda Collura

       In my art, I like to discover images in nature, particularly those that capture moments of intense texture, light, shadow, and reflection, and then think of different ways to combine them to create humor, personification, or just plain whimsy. I let the artwork develop as it begins with a photo, then a drawing, and then use different materials such as colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, ink and a combination of each to create color that dramatizes areas of extreme light. Images that when developed together begin to create an imaginary world where shapes create light and shadow and begin to form patterns and connections. I love color and am intrigued how they react when combined and as they exist beside each other.

      There are so many random moments in time yearning to be recorded as art, and then assembled through a series of drawings and/ or photographs. The moments become images, then ideas where the individual pieces blend together to make an imaginative composition and a journey into the whimsical. My drawings and paintings are intended to take the viewer away into a dream filled with color and light.

     I have created paintings and drawings for forty years and have learned different techniques while working as a custom wall designer for six years in the New York/ New Jersey metropolitan area. This included creating murals, faux finishes, venetian plaster and many other methods that, in the future, will be incorporated into my artwork. I have a Bachelor in Fine Art from New York State college of Art and Design at Alfred University and a Master in Art Education from East Carolina University. As a full time art teacher at Horton Middle School in Pittsboro, N.C., I struggle to find the balance of creating my art work with the challenge that teaching brings.

 

Linda Collura, Painting