A friend once said “You like to live by the light of midday, many people want to be in twilight.” As I look over my life of 72 years, my work begins to make sense. So often in life, we are filled with angst when we watch or read the news or even when we listen to modern atonal music. One doesn’t need to be reminded of the terrors and troubles of our times. It is all-pervasive. I feel I was put on this earth to make people feel better about life through the use of light in my work.
The older I get, the more I want to strip down to essentials the elements in my paintings. The works become more abstract, yet still carry powerful emotion. I try to set up questions by not giving everything away. I show a window, a doorway, reflections in water, marble or glass, a stair leading who knows where, hoping the viewer will imagine what is beyond. I show the effect of light sculpting a subject, rarely the light source itself.
All my life I have had a passion for travel. My senses become fine-tuned when I am away from the familiar. Some artists draw from their personal worlds, but for me, it is the new, the provocative that awaken and excite my eye.
An official portrait painter, Linda’s engagement with the real world is represented through her art and photography. It is her special gift to capture things as they look when nobody is looking. Clarity dominates in her professional and personal relationships and with shape, light and colour in her artistic endeavors.
A Canadian/American, Linda was born in New Jersey, graduated from Pine Manor College with an AA degree, attended The Sorbonne and received a BFA degree from The School of Visual Arts. Throughout her artistic career of over fifty years, she has won important portrait commissions including The Hon. Henry R. Jackman, the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Hon. David Peterson, Premier of Ontario, The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, first female Premier of Ontario, Stephen Coxford, Chairman of the Board of Western Univ., Judy Goldring, Chairman of the Board of Univ. of Toronto and Dr. Josep-Lluis Gonzalez-Medina, Head of The Toronto French School. Her landscapes, still-lifes, portraits and photographs are also found in corporate and private collections worldwide.
Linda has had many one-woman exhibitions of painted works and photographs and contributed to group shows throughout her life. Her photographic book The Gardens of the Vatican was published by Frances Lincoln of Great Britain.
Since 1972, her paintings, photographs, illustrations and words have been featured in publications around the world, some of which include the cover story of Watercolor Magic Magazine; Northlight Book of Acrylic Techniques; Splash 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 23 and Splash 20 Year Retrospective; Best of Flower Painting I, II; Flowers Pocket Palette Vol.II and Painting Great Pictures from Photographs.