Linda Skrolys was born on the 17 January, 1955 at Merredin in Western Australia and moved to Esperance during her early years. After completing her schooling in Mosman Park in WA, Linda went on undertake extensive studies in Education and Art, including: Churchlands Teachers College, Western Australia, Diploma of Teaching, Art Major – Ceramics, 1973-1975; W.A.C.A.E., Mt. Lawley, Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Art Education, 1978-1979; Curtin University, Western Australia, Units in design, 1976-1981; W.A.C.A.E., Bunbury / Mt. Lawley, Associate Diploma in Art Studies, Painting Major, 1988-1989; Edith Cowan, Mt Lawley, Bachelor of Education, Secondary Art Teaching, 1991-1993; Edith Cowan, Fine Arts Degree, 1992 and in 1994 a Bachelor of Education with specialties in Painting and Printmaking.
In addition to her studies, Linda taught as an Art Specialist from 1976 to 1981. She has also been active in selecting and hanging of works for exhibitions at the Margaret River Art Galleries Co-operative. Linda also taught Art Studies at the South West College in 1989, and worked as a lecturer in paining and printmaking at Edith Cowan University from 1996 to 1997.
In 1997 Linda travelled to Europe and spent time in Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Italy.
Since 1998 she has worked as a full time artist and in addition to including her work in many group exhibitions, she has also presented several solo exhibitions. Some of her exhibitions include: Auction Invitation – Art Extraordinaire, August 1984; Bunbury Society of Artists, 1987; Inaugural Exhibition, Margaret River Art Galleries, 1988; South West Survey Invitation Exhibition, 1988; Art Extraordinaire 1988; “Warts and All” Margaret River Art Galleries, 1989; South West Survey Invitation Exhibition, 1989; Art Extraordinaire, 1989; Margaret River Spring Festival Exhibition 1989; 1-2-3 Jump – Group Exhibition with two other Fine Arts students, Bunbury City Gallery, 1990; “Coming Home”, work done on a trip to the centre with other artist, Kingtree Lodge, 1991; Group Exhibitions with New Collectables, Fremantle, 1992; “Ruby Summer” Exhibition at Studio/Gallery at Dardanup, 1993; Solo Show New Collectables “Magic Mystery & Mischief” – July 1993; and many other exhibitions in Western Australia.
During her career, Linda has won several art awards, such as: Spring Festival Art Prize Exhibition, Highly Commended, October 1989; Harvey Show Pastel Prize, 1990; Capel Fest Non Acquisitional Prize, 1991; “Kazokas” Prize for 2D work , Melbourne, 1993; Non Acquisitional Prize Westralian Sands – Capel Fest, 1993 and the Pioneer Concrete prize.
Linda says of her paintings that they are “psychological explorations of personal relationships and identity” that are linked to her childhood experiences growing up in Australia as a first generation Australian whose parents escaped Europe after World War Two. Linda’s father left his homeland of Lithuania during the years of the Soviet expansion and he met his wife to be in the turmoil of the German tragedy of World War Two. Linda’s sensitive paintings explore the feelings she experienced growing up in an environment without relatives and icons that linked her identity to a particular place and time.
Linda’s work is represented in collections at the Banbury Catholic College, Joondalup City, the Horn Collection, corporate collections in Western Australia and many other private collections in Australia and overseas.