Location: United States
“My perception of landscape was challenged and I was awakened to the point of inspiration.”
When Linda first arrived in Arizona in the 1970ʼs, it was love at first sight - red rocks, texture and rough edges all around. The visual scenery of the Southwest was an immense change from the days of her youth, which began in the Pacific Northwest, the rocky shores of upper New England and congestion of Los Angeles.
She had been painting since a young child, and yet the landscapes she discovered in Arizona became a dream for the artist. Her perception of landscape was challenged, and she was awakened to the point of inspiration. The artist tried her hand at capturing the ever-changing light as it moved across the textures. Eager to learn more, Linda continued her art education taking numerous workshops, individual classes and also opened an art shop. Her work was received with awards and Best of Show acknowledgments. Later, the community college recruited her to teach oil painting and share her knowledge with hungry adults.
As a business major and a single parent responsible for her daughters, the corporate life became her full time focus. After a climb up the corporate ladder, the business glimmer dulled as her daughters’ independence grew. With a new decade she decided it was time to explore her artistic talents. Reigniting her art career with great enthusiasm she is, again, a full time artist active in art associations and mentoring artists on business planning.
She paints with brush and knife, enjoying the knife work and how it mimics the rough textures and boldness of her surroundings. Arizona’s magical, brilliant sunsets and Monsoon seasons are her fodder for abstracts and impressionist work as are the cities in which she lived. In order to ground herself she paints “critters” where she captures their personalities in lieu of a “just a pretty face” so each painting becomes an emotional investment much like her abstract and impressionist work.
Art movements that have impressed her work over the years include Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism and Abstract. Artists who have formed her work come from a broad cross section of genres such as Modigliani, Picasso, Georgia OʼKeefe, and Eric Mack, to name but a few. Her most recent works have been selected for inclusion in Arizona exhibits and have been shown at the Shemer Center for the Arts and Museum, Sedone Arts Center, the Gallery at el Pedregal, Small Works Invitational and Artists in Arizona.
Her 2020 Awards include her abstracted Spring Too (flowers,) and International acknowledgments with an honorable mention in “Red Abstracts,” and as a finalist in “Skies.”
Linda continues to express her perceptions of landscapes and the details each unveils, with each canvas evoking dream-like qualities that awaken us all to the magic that is uniquely revealed in paint.
I express my perceptions of landscapes and the details each unveils, with each canvas evoking dream-like qualities that awaken us all to the magic that is uniquely revealed in paint.
The origin of my creativity springs from inspirational surroundings, life experiences and nature's beauty. In traversing the challenges of merging nature with mankind’s structural intrusions, I attempt to capture their inherent artistic qualities. In addressing those juxtapositions, I interpret what I see through the lens of dream-like sequences and creating canvases that employ textural layers and bold use of color.
An acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 x 2, Horizon 2 is set against a setting sun or moon or both and designed to create a feeling of positive anticipation. It is uplifting, perhaps saying "tomorrow brings happiness," or "today was just the beginning of greatness."
Canyon is an acrylic on canvas and is 20 x 20 x 2. The dramatic reds create a feeling of suspense and expectation. What is in the canyon and what are the secrets that are there to find.
When storms move across the high desert they create confusion in the skies: will it storm, will it clear, there is so much movement, one is left asking which way it will go.. High Desert Storming is a 20 x 16 x 1, acrylic on panel
Desert Prairie is a 20 x 20 acrylic on canvas and asks "what is the wind blowing in today." With the dramatic blue sky contrasting agains the red rocks and the dust up in the horizon, it's surely going to be a surprise.
Flyway is a 16 x 16 on canvas. It is a reminder that the migratory birds create a type of magic as they fly north, or south each change of season. It is rather like mankind and the joy that we feel when a new season arrives, take a look to the marshy water where we are hidden.