Linda has enjoyed painting all her life. Her fascination with experimenting with the new and unusual has allowed her to develop many new design concepts and background “faux finish” presentations. After developing an allergy to the paint solvents used for oil painting, she moved to the acrylic world and experimented until she could either alter the paint (Deco Art Traditions) or use a brand (Golden Open) that would allow for extended blending. This discovery allowed her to return to her first love, that of CLASSICAL ART TECHNIQUES.
Linda attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa as a Fine Arts Major (with a minor in art history). In 1978 she received her Certified Decorative Artist award from the Society of Decorative Painters and in 1982 received their coveted Master of Decorative Art award.
She has authored 4 Decorative Art books and numerous articles for the various painting magazines along with hundreds of “Design Booklets”. Last year she had two of her paintings accepted for the National Oil and Acrylic Painting Society and has been juried for membership into the International Guild Of Realism. So far this year, 2 of her paintings The Fruits of Fall and Textures at Twlight have been juried into the International Online show sponsored by the International Society of Acrylic Painters.
Now, Linda concentrates on teaching in her studio with 6 week long seminars a year. Several times a year, she also hosts her private international students in the studio. In addition, she teaches yearly advanced workshops in Japan where she has been teaching every July for the last 19 years. She and her Japanese partner have had a school of “Classical techniques” operating there since 1998. The school and her studio seminars are structured for the serious student interested in learning and developing the various adaptations of “Classical Techniques” that are used when creating an individual artist’s desired effects. In nearly every class she teaches, the students are representative of many different states and countries and thoroughly enjoy sharing their cultures and their own versions of the teaching and painting techniques. Studies include, landscapes, still life, floral and animal designs. Many of the more advanced students are now learning to create compositions, photograph them, use post processing on the computer to change a photograph to a “painting plan” and then execute their own original designs.