Landscape / Skyscapes
Every place I have ever visited or lived had its own light quality. I find that I know exactly where I am given the light, shadows, crispness or fuzziness of clarity. New Mexico has a distinct quality that makes it so important to my heart. My goal is to somehow convey that quality through my paintings. Linda Marie
I have been painting for my entire lifetime. After raising a family and teaching, she moved to New Mexico. My passion is painting people. I love old faces with lots of wrinkles. My Indigenous Collection shows the character of wrinkles and the character of the people.
Linda is also a co-owner of La Galeria @ The Shaffer.
My first medium was oil. I didn’t paint watercolors until well into my adulthood and the challenge was to paint in a reverse order compared to oil. With watercolor the lighter colors are either painted first or painted last, but if you cover up a light color with a dark, you can never recover it because of the paint’s transparent nature. My use of strong colors in watercolor is due to my first love of oils.
Painting with Light
As I continue to explore other ways to express my ideas and creations, I stumbled upon gilded art such as that of Gustav Kimpt. I was dumbfounded and excited. Finally, I found a way to get that spectacular light from the sunsets and sunrises.
I also am incorporating encaustic into my gold leaf and oil paintings.
Watercolors are a challenging medium sometimes. When I first started painting at the age of 12, I learned to paint with oils. At the age of 42, I found myself having to paint in a less messy medium. Being self-taught, you can see the influence of painting in oils on my watercolor paintings. Now some decades later, I am still exploring watercolors.
Rural New Mexico
I am fortunate to live in Central New Mexico, just outside Mountainair. I find myself remarking about the “eye candy” I see all around me. The colors, the light, the people and the history are all part of my imagined “reference book”. I have found my forever home here. Please enjoy my expressions of Rural New Mexico as much as I have painting them.
Most of my commissioned work is made of portraits. However, I also paint flowers and landscapes for those who have something in mind. If you have a desire to have a special painting done, please contact me at Linda Marie