Kenneth Cotlar grew up in Bucks County, Pa; earned a BFA from Penn State University in 1969. He worked as a commercial artist in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Cambria County to work with his wife in their family business. He continued to take on graphic design projects for various businesses as well as visual merchandising and advertising. Since retiring from business in early 2001, he did graduate work at Indiana University of PA, and then turned to full time painting. His paintings are held in private and public collections throughout the United States. His award winning paintings have been in numerous juried exhibits and he shows his work at major arts festivals throughout the country.