Mary Kollman

Contact info:
330 Canyon Ridge Drive
Glade Park, CO 81523
p. 970-245-5265
c. 970-245-5265

Areas of Concentration:

(Oil/Mixed Media)


Member of
Western Colorado Center for the Arts
Other: Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, Western Colorado Centers for the Arts
Featured at
Western Colorado Center for the Arts
Other: Frame Works & Gallery, Hang-Ups Fine Art & Framing, Off the Wall2, Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery

Biography & Artist's Statements


Mary Kollman Fine Art





Artist's Bio



The dominating forces of nature are the inspiration that drives me to paint ... the discovery of a whole new way of seeing is like putting on rose colored glasses.  Expressing the beauty that I see in the textures, intense colors, and mysterious deep shadows evokes an emotion that becomes imbedded in my paintings.


I am an experimental artist. I incorporate good design principles using light against darks, opaque's with transparents, focal points and areas of rest. These principles are evident in each painting but the point at which the painting becomes a magical self expression is in the moment when I listen to the canvas, moving and stroking with an inner voice that's experimenting, playful and yet focused on becoming a new and unique form.


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.  Soon, my work evolved, becoming looser and bolder.  Previous boundaries were expanded into abstract landscape and then pure abstractions ... launching my career as an experimental artist.


Abstract landscapes and big sky paintings start with an un-textured, smooth canvas. Applying layers of vibrant yet, blended colors makes the sky come alive, while minimizing the amount of landscape offers a more sophisticated look for the viewer.


Conversely, pure abstracts require a heavily textured ground that incorporates fabrics, metals, nails, grout or cement. The framework of the painting is built with this intriguing texture. A dark layer of paint unifies the under painting while a build up of colors dragged over the texture brings the shapes into form. The culmination happens with final strokes of gold leaf or metallic paints setting off the painting. The goal is achieved when many viewers all have different perspectives on what they see. It's a perfect painting when the viewer is left to their own imagination.......enjoying the textures, colors and forms.


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. 





2010 On Going Exhibit, Adagio Galleries, 73300 El Paseo, Palm Desert CA

2010 On Going Exhibit, James Ratliff Gallery, 431 State Route 179, Sedona AZ

2010 On Going Exhibit, The William & Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

2010 On Going Exhibit, Johnsons of Madrid Gallery, 2843 Highway 14, Madrid, NM

July 2010 Cherry Creek Art Festival, West SouthWest Gallery, 257 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 

Nov 6-Nov30, 2009, "Mesmerized" Solo Show, The William & Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM  

Sept 12-Oct 9, 2009, "Together Again", Group Show, The Ridgway Library, Ridgway, CO

April 2009, On Going Representation at The William & Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

March-May 2009, International Juried Exhibition, The Taos Gallery, 103 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM

June 6-30th, 2008 Group Show, Hang Ups, 209 Colorado Ave, Grand Junction, CO

May 14-June 14th 2008, "Art from the Heart", Group Show, St Mary's Pavilion, Grand Junction, CO

May 9th, 10th & 11th 2008, 20th Annual Art & Jazz Festival, Main Street, Grand Junction, CO

February 1-29 2008, "Arts & Tarts" Group Show, Off the Wall, 411 Main St, Grand Junction, CO

February 1-29 2008, Group Show, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

February 15-24 2008, Winefest, Group Show, The Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade, CO

February 28, 2008, "Connections", Group Show, Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO

The Columbine Gallery 411 Main Street Frisco, CO

The Iris Gallery 2539 W Main Street Littleton, CO

Frame Works and Gallery 309 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO

Off the Wall 411 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO

The Great Frame Up Gallery 2518 Broadway, #B-1, Grand Junction, CO

The Gallery B & B 547 30 Road, Grand Junction, CO



City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

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