As a native of California, Linda has spent her life exploring both Northern California, where she currently lives, and Southern California, where she was born and grew up. It was her love, respect and deep appreciation for the incredible beauty and diversity of her surroundings that led to her many volunteer activities promoting responsible stewardship of Nature’s gifts. From her docent work in the State Park System leading nature walks for visitors to her environmental activities with elementary school children at the Baylands, her understanding of the fragile interconnectedness of plant and animal life in the many ecological niches California possesses encouraged her to find new ways to communicate her passionate interest in Nature’s sacred esthetic. First poetry, then painting were added to her repertoire.
She has found her earlier investigations of California
to be of great value to both her landscape sketching and painting. Primarily
an oil painter, en plein aire, she frequently uses water color sketches
in order to quickly catch a momentary mood. Although small
The influences on Linda’s painting career come from several sources. She finds a special kinship with the late 19th and early 20th century Russian Itinerant painters, as well as the American Impressionists, California School, including those contemporary artists who carry on the soul-filling expressiveness of their predecessors. She has studied with some of the finest teachers in the Bay Area and attended workshops all over California from the rocky landscape of Pt. Lobos to the fiery hills of Livermore to the forested coast of Mendocino.
I paint for the same reason that I write poetry, play
the piano, and dance—to express some mood that has strongly impressed
itself on me. Although I have come to painting later than the other arts,
I find in all of them an opportunity to capture a momentary play of a
rhythm, pattern, or beat and to transform this into a sense of movement
in space that through a wonderful yet mysterious alchemy of words on paper
or paint on canvas passes through me to another in sacred communication.
Whether it is the lines of a poem moving roughly and quickly then slowly
and tenderly toward its conclusion or the slow then rapidly shifting colors
of early sunset moving playfully, dramatically but inevitably toward night,
catching and then expressing this movement is what draws me to each of
these creative endeavors. Both are alone processes that can capture a
moment of glory in the shifting mood of nature and then transform it into
something that can be shared with others. For me, it is a way to capture
an inspiring moment for timeless beauty. As a child, I would stare at
the clouds playing above me or the stars expanding across the night sky
and wonder who was sharing this moment with me.
While Wordsworth found inspiration in a rainbow, “My
heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky,” I have found
that beholding a sunset or stormy sky motivates both my painting and poetry,
which in turn strongly influence my music and dancing. Word play, like
“Sun Sets” below, often stimulates longer poems and frequently
enlarges its influence to inspire “poetry” on the canvas.
I experience a tremendous sense of freedom when I am able to collect the
various impressions we label light, movement, and rhythm in space within
my heart and express them variously in an esthetic way. Perhaps, in this
lifetime, this is as close as I will come to touching eternity.