Toronto-born, raised in Toronto and Hawaii, Linda has lived in Devon, England, and then Ontario: Alliston, Midland, Richmond Hill, Tillsonburg and now Stratford. Linda’s works hang in Ontario, Florida, Japan, Spain and England.
Arts and crafts of all kinds have always been a big part of Linda’s life, most recently photography and now the fine art of painting.
Linda has had no formal training in art but enjoys the challenge of teaching herself and feels that she learns best that way, and that’s the way she’s tackled all her creative activities.
Recently she found real inspiration and helpful criticism as well as genuine support from her wonderful artist friends at the Tillsonburg District Craft Guild, and that has continued here in Stratford with a group she formed herself.
Towards the end of her amateur photographic career, she found her work moving towards the manipulated side, the final products often seeming to be more artistic than photographic so decided the time was right to make the transition to using a brush to put colour on the paper, watercolour being her medium of choice.
The subjects she paints are varied: flowers, animals, landscapes and most recently still life. She has worked on rice paper with a batik technique in the past and has returned to it again recently. Her favourite paper is 300 lb cold press but she is finding this harder to acquire in these pandemic times. Watercolour on canvas is a new technique that she is keen to try soon as well. Pastels and acrylics are mediums she has also used in the past.