Linda Colletta has been painting and creating art in various media for over 20 years. She currently defines her artistic approach as an abstract expressionist.
Linda first translated her passion for art into a 15 year professional career as a scenic painter in the music television industry before dedicating herself full-time to a painting career.
An immersion into color, composition and abstraction, Linda’s work is collaboration between exploration and intention. Working in acrylics, oils and pastels -- drips, washes, scribbles, and other happy accidents evoke a feeling of freedom and unapologetic happiness. Linda studied at Parsons School of Design and works from her home studio in the AmFab Arts Building in Bridgeport, CT.
I used to be very concerned with making art that “meant” something, that said something about the world that was utterly unique and important. This concern consumed me; in fact it stopped me from painting for almost 15 years. Then one day it hit me, the “thing” that I wanted to say, the meaning that meant the most to me, that was always there but I was afraid to say, (as if it wasn’t important enough)… beauty.
I like to make beautiful things. They make me happy.
It’s my belief that this world could never have enough beauty added to it, in fact now, I can’t think of anything more important than spending my days doing my part to add a bit more beauty, happiness, color, and flow to this world and to someone’s life.
When I paint, it feels a bit like what I imagine channeling might feel like. I never know what will come out and it doesn’t feel like me doing the painting. It always starts with a color, I get thinking about a color or a combination of colors and the way they ignite when next to one another. Then I just paint. I stay as far away from any preconceived plan or outcome of the work as I can. Of course, it is human nature to try to control and will things to go a certain way. So this is what I explore most in every piece, the balance between my will and the universe. It's always better when I let the universe win.