Meet Linda

BIOGRAPHY

Linda grew up in Thunder Bay Ontario, and moved with her Family to Calgary AB in 1963. A love of drawing, as a child, was unfortunately not explored as an adult, until Linda attended a local ‘Paint Night’ in 2016. This reawakened her love of artistic expression and creativity. Workshops and Art Classes followed, studying with well-known local Artists.

Linda’s love of nature, animals, gardening and photography help to provide her with her diverse subject choices. Linda also works with many professional photographers who contribute reference material, including 4 time award winner Jesse Irwin, Randy Hall, Lee-Anne Murakami, and Tracy Kerestesh.

A recent Commission to do a memorial tribute Portrait of a friend’s beloved pet has blossomed into a love of ‘Pet Portraiture’. Linda states, “Seeing the joy and happiness a client feels, when they see my tribute painting, makes this all worthwhile. It is the most rewarding part!

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am a Photorealist painter, promoting the art that I love, with Fine Art Realism. Each painting captures a moment in time, a memory, or a beloved pet that has possibly passed on, evoking emotion in the viewer. I strive to have my paintings look like what I actually see, and not only capture attention with their detail and accuracy, but to attempt to bring out the personality of the subject(s). Animals are my favorite for this reason. As Paulo Coelho stated,
“The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that is hidden. Like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them.”

CURRICULUM VITAE

Linda started painting in 2016. Initially self-taught, Linda has studied with Holly McWilliams and Loretta Secord, at Swinton’s Gallery in Calgary, and is presently studying with David N. Kitler, a Nature and Wildlife Artist in De Winton, AB. Linda has taken numerous Workshops on Mixed Media, Pour Medium, and Resin. A member of The Calgary Sketch Club, Linda was accepted into the prestigious International Guild of Realism (IGOR) in 2020, and has shown her work at the Okotoks Art Gallery, The Calgary Stampede, and in competition through The American Art Awards (AAA).

AWARDS

  • ‘Nature’s Lace’ – 2nd place – Acrylic Painting – The Calgary Stampede Arts Competition – 2019
                                   4th place Floral Realism – The American Art Awards 2020
  • ‘Bedouin Elder’ – Masterpiece Award – The American Art Awards 2020 (4 wins)
  • ‘Forever Friends’ – 2nd place Innovative – The American Art Awards 2020
  • ‘John Lennon’ – Ref Photo Philip Norman – 3rd place Portrait of Someone Famous – the American Art Awards 2020
  • ‘Tilly’ – 5th place Humorous – The American Art Awards 2020
  • “Little Miss Fashionista” – 3rd Place – Portrait of Someone Not Famous Category
  • “Little Miss Fashionista” – 5th Place – Realism Human Category

Linda has numerous entries in the 2021 American Art Awards. Stay tuned for updates!