PO Box 216, Frisco, North Carolina (252) 995-3662 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Linda is a phenomenon. Whether she is working in watercolor...or masterminding a complex digital design, she succeeds both technically and artistically, the mark of an inspired creator.”
-M.E. Riddle, The Virginian-Pilot
Linda has painted ever since she was old enough to hold a brush. By the time she was in ninth grade, she had already mastered a variety of mediums to capture the beauty of the Allegheny foothills that nestled her home in Salamanca, a tiny town situated on the Seneca Indian Reservation in Southwestern New York State.
She began winning art awards at age 10. As a graduating high school senior, she received an art scholarship, which she left back in the snow country when she decided to pursue her interests in psychology and philosophy at West Virginia University in Morgantown and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. However, Linda's muse beckoned her back to art four years later, and it's there she has stayed ever since.
Linda worked as a medical artist and as a commercial artist before co-founding Browning Artworks in 1984. The gallery was Hatteras Island's first art and fine craft gallery, which enjoyed 20 successful years before she closed its doors in order to commit full time to her passion: working as a studio artist and painting instructor.
What inspires Linda? Color and love. She says, “My emotional response to color stirs me to paint. My love of flora and fauna directs what I paint. Light and shadow define how I paint it. I love to sing, and I want my colors to do the same. While some painters use a palette full of manufactured pigments, I prefer to use only five and mix them to get the hues, shades, and strengths that I want in order to convey the mood or feeling of a piece. By mixing my own colors, I achieve harmony and cohesiveness in an entire body of work.”
Having participated in dozens of group exhibitions and one- and two-woman shows, Linda has been recognized not only for her luminous watercolors but also for her digital collages (photo composites). The former Artist-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University Carbondale thinks of this digital work as “painting with pixels”. With her Photoshop savvy and knowledge of perspective, composition, color, light, and shadow, she weds the technical with the artful.
All of Linda's digital collages contain thousands of tiny individual photos, which she places one at a time into her designs. (She used 10,000 butterflies to create her “Monarch Spring”!) When she finally finishes a collage, she prints the digital file on fine art paper or archival canvas, thereby bringing the electronic medium into three-dimensional space. She admits that creating these works are tedious and time-consuming, but she enjoys pushing the boundaries of digital imagery creation.
If you can't find this award-winning artist in her studio, then Linda's probably singing and playing guitar with several of her music friends, writing a new song, or busy at Radio Hatteras, where she serves as a producer, announcer, and show host. Her professional affiliations include memberships in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Dare County Arts Council, Martin County Arts Council, and the Hatteras Island Art and Craft Guild.
Linda's watercolors, digital collages, and - most recently - alcohol inks can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US as well as in Canada and South America. View and purchase her most recent works at her studio in Frisco, on her Facebook page and web site, and at fine area galleries.