Mary Kolar has been creating art ever since she can remember. From drawing on her parent’s basement walls, melting crayons on the basement kerosene heater, to creating (unknown to herself at the time) encaustics. Her first three-dimensional pieces were sculptures made from junk metal from her uncle’s gas station scrap pile. She was given the gift of curiosity and observation at an early age, and her childhood was rich with influences of the north-central Nebraska landscape, my parents, relatives and many excursions to old junkyards.
She received a B.F.A. with a Commercial Art Comprehensive Degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her journeys and experiences have led her in many directions from teaching both fine art and commercial art classes, conducting art workshops, and exhibiting in numerous art shows locally and nationally.