Artist Linda Jones
Nature inspires me to paint and painting gives me joy. Nothing lifts me like "smooshing" oil paint around. Though there is personal meaning in my work, I leave overt political commentary to others. Mostly I want to show others what's beautiful to me.
As long as I can remember, I've loved drawing and painting and have received encouragement from my family and friends. My dad's father and my mom's mother were both artists, so if there's an "art gene", I hope I inherited it. Like many of my generation, a favorite Saturday morning activity as a kid was getting up early to watch "Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy" on television. Getting that official "Learn to Draw" set of charcoals was so exciting. A huge box of crayons or a paint-by-number kit for presents were always hits. When I was about 12 or 13, my grandmother gave me my first set of real artists' oil paints and canvas and showed me how to use them. A truly wonderful gift!
I stopped painting for many years while raising a family, but several years ago the itch to paint and draw started up again. Now I can't imagine living without art in my life.
I have attended numerous painting courses through the University of Wisconsin Extension program, primarily studying with Kathleen Heinen.
I live and work in Madison, Wisconsin.
Membership and Affiliations
I am a member of Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA).
- "Single Yellow Rose" was a top 10 finalist in the International Artist Magazine Challenge No. 44, Flowers & Gardens. It appears in the April/May 2008 issue of International Artist Magazine.
- "Lake Michigan - November" received a State award at the 2008 Madison WRAP exhibit.
- "Midnight Roses" was awarded the Helen Croft Fine Art Award at the 2006 WRAA State Exhibit.
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