Linda is part of Russian River Atelier, a collaborative working art studio whose artists share a passion for traditional and contemporary realist painting and drawing. Check out their page to view upcoming events and associated artists!
At school I paid attention to nothing but my art and I was often caught drawing animals in my journal during math class. The painting I most admired then was Albrecht Durer’s ‘A Young Hare (1502). After selling a few paintings in a local art gallery I started painting on commission when I was in my early teens and continued throughout my art college years. Studying in the South Australia TAFE - School of Art, in the early 80’s I found myself caught in classes teaching abstract expressionism when I wanted to do realism. I became discouraged at how little of the old masters painting techniques was learned from my art school and went onto study commercial art and illustration funding my continued education myself as a sign writer, a grape picker, gas station attendant and bar-tender/waitress and Tuesday night cook at the local pub. You could say I am well rounded!
Eventually I landed a job in an advertising agency in Adelaide, South Australia. I worked in the corporate world as a graphic designer and then ran my own design business developing wine labels and point of sales material for wineries in San Francisco for 28 years before opening my art studio in 2008. I continued to work on my art education seeking out other artists I greatly admired and training with them in San Francisco and in France. My work started to get some recognition, winning awards, and I was asked to do workshops in museums and local venues and to judge gallery shows.
In 2014 I re-named the studio, Russian River Atelier, after developing it as a collaborative teaching space, dedicated to teaching the traditional fundamental skills to anyone interested in realism. I sought out instructors who all have graduated from three of the highly rigorous classical ateliers in Florence that were living locally giving them a space to teach and to pass onto others a time honored tradition.
I am interested in the complexities of the environment and wildlife of which we are all deeply connected and reliant on to keep our ecosystem in balance. My paintings often depict birds or animal objects sourced by humans such as furs and shells. I paint from my life’s personal experience often using metaphor to convey a message to the viewer through intellectual interpretation and discovered meaning.
Oil is my medium I practice studied Classical painting methods of the renaissance. Using light manipulation through paint layers, pushing forms and elements to create the sense of three-dimensional space.