As I create, bits and pieces of a memory or a dream are artistically entwined together to fabricate a new image that is a compilation of what has come before. Applying many layers, I blend traditional artist mediums such as acrylic paint and oil pastel along with non-traditional materials such as transfers of my own photographs to create a complex surface with an intriguing sense of depth. This process mixes classic art techniques with 21st-Century technology. I manipulate my photos to highlight or transform color in the images. It is exciting to find what happens when I mix different materials and see how they respond to each other. Many times it is the unplanned interactions that become my favorite part of the collage.
Linda attended The Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan and graduated from Smith College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, concentrating in History, Studio Art and Education. She then went on to get a Masters in Education from Boston University School of Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
For Linda, a native New Yorker, art has always been a passion. Although she became a teacher rather than full time artist earlier in her life, she incorporated art into her curriculum as a means of enabling young children to express their ideas. She retired in 2004 after 33 years of teaching elementary school and computer technology.
After retiring from education, Linda joined the Transition Network, a non-profit organization for professional women over 50 redefining the second half of life. Exploring topics such as ‘passion’ and ‘risk taking’ led her to rekindle her love of studio art and follow her dream of becoming an artist.
As Linda started this new chapter, she began studying Studio Art at the 92nd Street Y with different artists such as Ellen Alt, Johnathon Tucker, Linnea Passow, Tirzah Bassel and Adriana Rostovsky. She began to pursue her fascination with collage and mixed media. Using her experience teaching technology, she developed an approach that incorporated digital photography in her work. She uses photographs as inspiration, and combines different materials such as handmade paper, foreign newspapers, magazines, paint, oil crayons, sand, glue - even found objects. She finds that “the streets of New York City are a goldmine” that have inspired some of her most popular two and three dimensional works of art.
Linda travels to different countries that continues to inspire her work. By mixing classical art techniques with 21st century technology and imagination, Linda has fulfilled her dream of becoming the artist she always wanted to be.
Since 2007, her work has been included in several group exhibitions giving her art exposure to a wider audience. In 2011-2013 she participated in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program at the Mount Sinai Medical Center where she was awarded honorable mention in all three annual exhibits. Linda was also selected to participate at the 92nd Street Y’s Annual Curate Juried Art Show 2011-2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Since 2015, she has been in 16 curated shows and to her delight, Linda has had a solo show at the office of Dental Partners of Fifth Avenue in NYC from September 2014-July 2015 which exhibited 30 of her collages.