Kathy Kollodge earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1970. She spent her first three years at the University of Minnesota Morris campus where she studied drawing for one year under Bruce McGrew. She never lost her interest in art but after studying journalism, pursued a career in radio and television production at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. A few years before she retired, Kathy started taking art workshops for the fun of it and realized her true love was color! Kathy says, “I feel the color and push it to the extremes to make you feel it too. I sign my name ‘KATHLEEN’ because I feel like a child again when I’m painting and that’s how I printed my name on my first drawings in grade school.”
Kathy’s colorist expressions are most influenced by the work of Picasso, Matisse and Hans Hoffman. Her technique was developed in workshops with David Mollett from Alaska and Rita Baragona from New Jersey who both studied at the New York Studio School. She also participated with a small group of painters who met weekly in the winter months at Jean Lester’s art studio in Ester, Alaska. They traveled and painted together in Kaua’i, Hawaii; Chicken, Alaska; Bonefro, Italy and then held one night shows at the Ester Town Hall to sell their work. Kathy started showing her work in 2001 and had her first solo show at the Well Street Art Company in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2006.
After 30 years in Alaska, Kathy and her husband Ken, a fine art photographer, moved to Duluth, MN in 2005 and were co-owners of Kollodge Gallery for 3 years. Now they both work out of their home and show art by appointment.