"After years of exploring the back country of the Great American West, so much of it still takes my breath away, and I have finally discovered where all these years of breathless encounters were leading me......to the world of art......where all of these emotions can explode onto my canvas. A unlikely canvas, but my chosen canvas. Or did it choose me?!"
As a young girl growing up in Whittier, CA, Linda & her siblings would ride their horses across the open land and dirt roads that skirted the many orange groves. Family vacations were spent in the California High Sierras camping, fishing, and hiking. Her parents had a great love for God and nature which they instilled in all of their children.
The unlikely canvas, the hard shelled Gourd, entered her life seven years ago when she signed up for a local gourd art class. These gifts from the earth fascinated and inspired her with their unusual shapes and markings. One might say she is a self-taught artist, but she would say her life-long teacher has been the most capable, talented and beautiful that exists.....nature itself. Her husband eventually succumbed to their (gourd) charm, and has become a valuable partner in the art process.
Her gourd designs are inspired by a passion for "wandering" the back country of the western United States. Scattered clues of "people before us", who called the West their home, add a sense of wonder & mystery to this raw beauty. It is her hope that each of her gourd art pieces takes you to a place of wonder in the Great American West.
Member of the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, GJ Brush & Palette, Carbon County Art Guild, Calabash Gourd Artisans, and The American Gourd Society. Her work is shared at Carbon County Art Guild Depot Gallery in Red Lodge, MT...Dancing Buffalo Gallery, Virginia City, MT....Willow Creek in Grand Junction, CO...The Great Southwest Gallery, Tlaquepaque Center, Sedona, AZ