Linda’s oil paintings capture moments of everyday life that suggest a story through light, gesture, and brushwork. Her work combines compelling figures and beautiful cityscapes in a loose, impressionistic style. She paints scenes from her travels in Europe as well as images from the cafés and harbors of nearby St. Petersburg.
Linda’s parents introduced her to the joy of travel. Her father was an engineer who brought his young family with him on overseas assignments in France, Holland and Libya. Her parents would take the three children on vacations in Europe, sharing with them the beauty and history of the continent. Linda is a lifelong student of French and recently started studying Italian, so those two countries are her favorites. Now, as she travels with her husband she photographs people–both tourists and natives–in telling moments as they enjoy their beautiful surroundings.
Back in the studio she frequently combines several images to create the perfect scene. “What I’m looking for really only exists in my imagination,” she says. “I am especially interested in how light, value, and color interact to create a mood.” Oil paints are her favorite medium because their versatility allows her to create the soft, fresh look for which she is known.
Linda’s art background is a bit unconventional. She began studying art only after careers in mechanical engineering and commercial interior design. Her art education is eclectic, including self-study, classes, workshops, and books. She has taken workshops with artists including Robert Liberace, Tim Horn, Kerry Dunn, and Camille Przewodek. She continues to be inspired by the work of her favorite artists including John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, Joaquin Sorolla, Mary Cassatt, and Edouard Manet.
Linda grew up in New Jersey and went to college in Pennsylvania and Texas. She and her husband and moved to Tampa, Florida in 2004, and now she works from her studio in Citrus Park. Her work is on display in the ARTicles gallery in St. Petersburg.