Mary Kollman

The dominating forces of nature are the inspiration that drives me to paint … allowing me to discover a whole new way of seeing. The beauty I see in nature evokes an emotion in me that is expressed by the textures, intense colors and mysterious deep shadows of my paintings.

Camping, hiking, skiing and enjoying the rain inspired me at a very young age to capture the drama of the glorious Pacific Northwest through drawing, watercolors, crayons, and storytelling. Moves to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico inspired new forms of expression that reflected the majestic mountains, bubbling streams, big skies and glowing sunsets. Previous boundaries were expanded into abstract landscape. With a move to the east coast, my work has further evolved into pure abstractions, becoming looser and bolder, and launching my foray into “Abstract Expressionism”. My new studio in Colorado has inspired many new Big Sky and Abstracted Landscape paintings.

I am predominantly an oil painter. But having been a successful commercial interior designer for 25 years, I incorporate good design principles, using light against darks, opaques with transparents, focal points and areas of rest. These principles are evident in each painting. However, the painting soon becomes a magical self-expression, at which point I listen to the painting, moving and stroking with an inner voice that’s experimenting, playful and yet focused on becoming a new and unique form.

Regardless of style, I paint the intricacies of nature and the tremendous hope that it brings for a new tomorrow. It’s my desire that my art evokes a strong pleasant emotion in the collector. I hope that it leaves you with a fond memory, a smile on your face and tremendous joy in your new purchase.