Linnea Tober grew up in the small, seaside town of Monmouth Beach, NJ and has recently moved to the quaint little town of Havre de Grace, MD.
While she still enjoys working with paint and mixed-media; Linnea now works mainly in photography and digital art; concentrating specifically on nature and her unique digital photographic abstractions. Ms. Tober has been pleasantly surprised by her passion and comfort level working within these various mediums, as well as the positive response from her many fans and collectors. She adores the thrill of her ‘digital paintings’; the way she can play with color and movement, her two favorite elements. Her photographic process is a bit out-of-the-ordinary as compared to other photographers. Since Linnea has trained as a painter first and foremost, her main concern when photographing is the arrangement of color, how they interact and play off of one another. She is always thinking of what her photos can be transformed into….colors, textures, shadows; she is consistently creating visuals in her mind as she photographs her nature subjects. It is this artistic way of thinking that allows her to create her unique, flowing, organic and vibrant ‘nature photographic abstractions’. Ms. Tober strives for a painterly outcome in her digital abstractions and, based on the responses from her collectors and admirers alike, she has indeed achieved this success. Her work is often heard being discussed in galleries by viewers with such questions as, “That was a photograph?” and “What was it to begin with and how does she DO that?”
Linnea feels it is critical, as an artist, 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, which supported arts funding and research, The Healing Power of Art show at The Guild of Creative Arts in Shrewsbury, which 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. Most recently 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). She is now giving back to her hometown and surrounding areas who were devastated by Sandy. Her most current way to give back is through her newest line called POP YOUR POOCH. A portion of proceeds from these unique pet portraits benefit animal shelters and rescues throughout Maryland and NJ.
Ms. Tober attended Brookdale Community College and received her AA in elementary education as well as a graphic design certification, she then moved on to Kean University where she received her BA in Art History/Fine Art and most recently graduated from Monmouth University with her MAT in Art Education. Her dream is to one day teach secondary art (another one of her passions) and to run her own gallery.
She has exhibited extensively throughout the country in juried shows at such places as the Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; the Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Tinton Falls, NJ; Gallery 13, Asbury Park, NJ; the 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.
Linnea’s 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)*. Her photography work was accepted into the Ocean County Arts Guilds Annual Juried Photography Show, where the Juror was Bonnie Stutski’s, the Senior Photography Editor for Smithsonian Magazine. Her abstract work was accepted into the Visual Arts Center of NJ’s 25th International Juried Show, juried by Joan Young, Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Her work was accepted into 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. Linnea’s work was selected in February for 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” and 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. Miss Tober’s work was selected for a juried show at The Kinsey Institute’s for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. In June 2012 her work was selected as a finalist in the Art Takes Times Square world-wide competition, where selected artists works were shown on LED billboards throughout Times Square. Most recently her work was selected for the ‘Gallery on 14 Maple, “Giving Tree” exhibit, Morristown, NJ; which was juried by Margaret O’Reilly, Curator of Fine Art at the New Jersey State Museum.
Ms. Tober is currently represented by The Artists Emporium, Havre de Grace, MD.