Like most wildlife artists, Linda was enchanted with animals at an early
age. However, vivid childhood memories of her great uncle and his
African hunting stories gave her an immediate sense of the adventure one
experiences when exploring wild animals and places. Linda was drawn to
the outdoors through her geology bachelor's degree from Colgate
University, followed with a Master of Science degree which enabled her
to get into the back country of Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and
Linda does not have any formal art training. She works
from her field sketches, small field paintings, and her photographs to
create a composition designed to reflect the inherent artistry of
nature. Painting exclusively in oil because she likes its luminosity,
depth, and intensity of color, Linda uses a mostly wet-on-wet technique
to capture the immediacy of the image. She lives in the country
surrounded by deer, wild turkey, grouse, quail, coyote, and the
occasional moose and mountain lion.
To gather reference for her paintings, Linda has
traveled to every U.S. state, 31 countries, and all seven continents.
Three extended visits to Africa also included a 70 km canoe trip on the
Zambezi river in Zimbabwe. She has traversed remote tundra in Labrador
researching the caribou migration, been dropped off by float plane to
salmon-filled streams to watch grizzly bears in Alaska, and snorkeled
with wild beluga whales in Hudson Bay.
Linda visited her 27th country, New Zealand in 2005,
then Kenya and Tanzania in 2007. In November and December 2008, Linda
added her 7th continent, Antarctica.