Artist StatementWe are all creative beings, artists. Creating art is my way down the rabbit hole, my salvation. Bold colors and unique textures consistently find their way into my work. I believe the true photographer moves to get the shot, they do not wait for the shot to ‘happen’, they make it happen. I am a ‘colorist’,I thrive when playing with color in my abstract works. I focus mainly on nature, shooting images that catch my eye; yet always thinking of what they can ‘become’, what I can tranfer them into. I then twist, tweak and manipulate them into my own ‘nature photographic abstractions’. Sometimes you can see the original image and sometimes not, it all depends on where the muse takes me. I think of this as working with Mother Nature, rather than against her.
Linnea Tober grew up in Monmouth Beach, NJ and has recently moved to Havre de Grace, MD. While she has always enjoyed working with paint she now works mainly on photography; focusing on nature to create her unique digital photographic abstractions. She adores the thrill of her ‘digital paintings’; the way she can play with color and movement, her two favorite elements. Ms. Tober feels it is critical to give back to the community and has been involved in a variety of socially engaged projects since beginning her artistic career. Some of the her most recent ones being the Mid-State Arts Resource Team (MART) Sharks for the Arts project, (supported arts funding and research), The Healing Power of Art show at The Guild of Creative Arts in Shrewsbury, (supported women’s cancer education (both 2010 and 2011) The Ft. Monmouth Women’s Day program, (fostering education in women’s history); a solo show at the Red Horse Gallery, in the Freehold Raceway Mall to raise awareness for Celiac Disease, in 2010. Her work was in the Belmar, NJ Surf Art show, a benefit for the Hannah Pro; providing assistance to young women struggling with drug addictions. She has had artwork auctioned for breast cancer awareness/research in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ (Sep 2011) and at an art auction for the Mental Health Association in Red Bank, NJ (Oct 2011). Linnea has exhibited her work extensively throughout the country at such places as the Monmouth Museum, Lincroft; the Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Tinton Falls, NJ; Gallery 13, Photo Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ; Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Asbury Park, NJ; Studio 2 Gallery, Austin, Texas; Still Point Art Gallery (on-line); Parachute Factory Gallery, New Haven, CT; LACDA, Los Angeles Center for Visual Art. Her work was selected for The Peace Project, which traveled from Gallery 9, in L.A., to the Meridian Gallery, San Diego and Max Lang Gallery, New York. Jurors included Sylvia Laudien, of the Guggenheim and MoMA, and Karen Blessing, Pulitzer Prize winning illustrator of “Peace One Day”- (Sep- Nov 2010)*.
Since 2008, her photography work has been accepted into various prestigious shows such as the Ocean County Arts Guilds Annual Juried Photography Show, NJ, juried by Bonnie Stutski’s,Senior Photography Editor for Smithsonian Magazine and the Visual Arts Center of NJ’s 25th International Juried Show, juried by Joan Young, Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the show “Energy’ at the Ocean County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; juried by Howard Fox, Emeritus curator of contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the 2012 Inaugural Windsor-Whitney Biennial show juried by the one and only “Sucklord” from the Bravo TV show ‘Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”; the ‘Petroleum Paradox’ show, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, NY; juried by Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress; Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and the New York Times; the “Giving Voice” show at Gallery at 14 Maple, Morristown, NJ; which was juried by Margaret O'Reilly, Curator of Fine Art at the New Jersey State Museum, as well as the upcoming show “Glitz: Art that Sparkles” at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD; juried by Carrie Patterson, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Department of Art & Art History, St. Mary’s Coll. of Md., Sally Otis, Coordinator, Videoconference Education Program, Smithsonian American Art Museum.. Most recently Linnea’s work was selected for the