Linda has been a potter and calligrapher as well as a painter. Her formal training includes a BA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from Portland State University. She learned to love painting there, and found it doesn't compare to anything else in her life. When she's painting, she's working on problems of expression and of communication. She is also constantly aware of light and its effects. Evaluating several times during the process of a painting - asking herself what is strong, what is working or not, what needs her attention next -- she often scrubs out areas or just paints over areas if they aren't working well. She also works on 2 or 3 paintings at once, because they may need time to dry, and there are different things going on in each painting that influence the others.
"I look for beauty - every day. In any object or scene, there's always some aesthetic meaning that I can pull out - and I'm asking myself - how would I paint this? I'm especially aware of this, this year. I feel like I've slowed way down in general, and I begin to see beyond the physical objects. Though the subject matter is primarily important, I want to use the entire surface of the panel to be a full harmony. All of the spaces around the subject need to contribute, they have something to say also. The tactile routine of how I paint is something familiar I look forward to, and dedicate myself to.