VISUAL ARTIST OF WELLAND - MEMBER
Linda graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Minor in Fine Arts) from the University of Guelph, where she studied drawing, painting, sculpture, and anatomy for artists. This was followed by one year at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary where her studies included drawing, jewelry, watercolours, oil painting, and anatomical drawing.
Her work has been exhibited in art shows since 1970, with awards in drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and crafts. She was commissioned to produce six large drawings for former residential school students, and has completed numerous portrait paintings and drawings.
Linda is a versatile artist/artisan and enjoys working with many types of media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, conceptual work, anatomical sketches, crafts, and garment making. Various materials are incorporated into her pieces, including wood, metal, junk, hide, felt, beads, and items from nature (birch bark, porcupine quills & hair, feathers, leaves, horse hair, and rocks, to name a few). One of her signature works is drawing on birch bark.
Linda completed a book on shoeing horses and included her photographs and illustrations. Linda and her book were recognized by the University of Guelph in 2012. She also completed a book of poems and included her photographs and pictures of her drawings, paintings and mixed media. Linda and her book were recognized by the University of Guelph in 2013.
From 2005 to 2018 Linda conducted a 5 week “Art Exploration Program” annually, providing adults the opportunity to explore creative work using various media, such as pastels, paint, charcoal, clay, wood, fabric, mosaics, felt, collage, and other materials. In 2016 Linda facilitated a 2 day workshop on “Portrait Drawing for the Brave at Heart.”
Linda does something creative every day. All of her work is original and one-of-a-kind, although she may incorporate used items into a piece or re-purpose items. Her creative work is completed with both integrity and joy.