Linda Rzoska [ZOO-ska] is an artist and teacher. She was educated as a fine artist using the traditional media for painting and drawing, later, working as a graphic designer and illustrator, she became involved in digital media.
She joined the faculty at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) in 2000 as a founding member of KVCC's academic unit the Center for New Media where she teaches design and illustration classes. Before joining KVCC she worked in the corporate/private sector as a graphic designer and illustrator. Rzoska has received a number of awards for her illustration and fine art; notable are two International Awards of Excellence from the Society of Technical Communications and Best of Show in the 2013 Carnegie Center for the Arts Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition. Rzoska's artwork has been selected for numerous juried shows and is represented in many private collections. A few of her most prominent solo exhibitions were in It Skildershuis Atelier in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, The Burren College of Art, Ireland and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The majority of Rzoska's current work is created with both traditional and digital media.
I strive to represent the spirit of the landscape in my artwork. I’m representing my own relationship and communication with the landscape intertwined in a personal mythology. I attempt not to reproduce what I see through my eyes but create a visual representation of what I experience, perhaps my artwork could be described as "contemplative landscapes". The artwork visually displays my personal sense of spiritual connection and an invisible and inaudible communication.
I was educated as a fine artist in traditional media for painting and drawing –later when working as a graphic designer and illustrator I became involved with digital media. Some of my current work is created with both traditional and digital media. I label these pieces “mixed media” and list the media in the order of its use in the creation of the artwork. Most often traditional media is used in 90% to 95% of the artwork’s creation.
b. 1954, South Haven, Michigan
Lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan