Artist Statement & Biography
I graduated college Magna Cum Laude. I entered a number of shows and won a number of awards, During this period, I was awarded The Pastel Society Of America’s most prestigious award, one year’s free tuition to the Art Students League of New York. We worked that out even though we lived in Denver at the time. Both during my pastel years and onto oils, I have done a number of commissions of people, places and dogs. Some of these are shown in the Archival Category of The Website.
As inferred above, I expanded to oils and studied about fifty individual weeks with some the country’s finest Western artists, including two Master Classes with Howard Terpning .
I have enjoyed figurative paintings, particularly of the West including cowboys, horses, children and especially Native Americans. I have sought to depict the inner beauty and character of my subjects and have had the good fortune to appeal to buyers and collectors of my work.
I have been in Western Art Collector’s “The State of Art in Colorado” as well as being recognized in the Editorial Section. The book “Art Of The American West” by Linscott and Christensen-Duff displayed my work. Four times, my images have appeared on the cover of “Ranch And Country” magazine. Works of mine have appeared on the front and back inside cover of The New Mexico Guide, and recently, an image of mine appeared in ”Dallas Style and Design”.
I have appeared in several museum shows in Cheyenne, Wy., wherein I sold well and gained several collectors. Have been in a number of other shows over the past years and won awards and sold well, including a National OPA Show and several regional OPA shows. I have lost interest in entering shows as the chances of getting in are a small percent and the cost adds up.
Currently I am in Culturalpatina Art Gallery, Western Painting Section, in Fairfax Station, Virginia and 60 West Gallery in Wickenberg, Az.
Sometimes life comes full circle. I have always loved art and in grade school was placed in an adult class taught by instructors from The Chicago Art Institute. My forte was figurative, but now that I am transitioning into modern, contemporary and even abstract art, I can explore my love of color and composition.
On a personal note, we moved from Denver to Peoria, Arizona, to be with nine of our ten grandchildren and three of our four sons.
I hope you will enjoy the Website. Respectfully, Linda