About the Artist
Born in a rural Washington logging town, Linda Lindus spent her early years exploring the magic in her surroundings. A wide-eyed, nature child, she developed an eye for the subtle and sometimes striking beauty of everyday moments and encounters in her environment. Traipsing through the woods following her father’s footsteps, she learned to read the forest’s signs: the moss on the pines, the deer tracks, to rabbit scat and the grunt of a bear hidden in the blackberry patch. During the wooded treks and beach adventures, nature came alive.
“Not only do I see with my eyes, I want to touch,” she says. “Those early tactile experiences such as letting the ocean’s sand run through my fingers, the smell of salt air, or the rough edges of a cedar’s bark burned images into my mind.”
It was a military family’s life. Her childhood that began in the woodlands of the Pacific Northwest moved with her family through the rocky shores of upper New England to the congestion of Los Angeles. In her formative years, from coast and coast, country to city, the form and hues of nature and man’s intrusions changed. A transient adolescence provided not only an experience of changing terrain, but regional customs, habits and even speech patterns. Change became a constant like the season’s changes and the sun moving across the sky.
Painting came early in life. “In Washington it rains a lot, so my mother was looking for ways to entertain me. It was with paints.” The first attempt was a paint-by-number that whetted her appetite. When she graduated to oil painting the first subjectwas a neighbor’s dog. “Even at eight-years-old, I loved the feel of the paint sliding onto the canvas and the subtle changes in color,” she remembers.
In high school, art classes were her favorite, yet it wasn’t until her mother brought home a Modigliani print that Lindus realized she wanted to be an artist. When she discussed her chosen career with her mother, she was roundly discouraged and directed towards engineering or architecture where she could “earn a living instead of starving.” Rejecting her mother’s alternatives, Lindus set out on her own entering the business world, taking art classes in night school, getting married and having children. After her second daughter was born, the new family moved to Arizona. It was love at first sight; giant ever-moving skies, red rocks, textures and rough edges all around. Lindus picked up her brushes again and began to paint in earnest. Taking additional college courses, workshops and private lessons she honed her skills bringing landscapes alive with emotion.
After winning her first “Best of Show” for “Sedona” and then a people’s
choice for another desert work, she was recruited to teach at the junior
college. The college experience coupled with her small art shop
and a collector who hung her work adjacent to an R.C. Gorman,
she believed her artist path was set. She was hired to judge county fairs
and juror or curate exhibits. But as with many people, life took an abrupt turn.
When she became a single parent responsible for her two daughters,
it was back to the business world.
As a workaholic, and one that moved frequently, Lindus’ media career
took her on another scenic route through the deserts of Utah and Arizona,
to the Midwest farmlands and back to the west coast. From cub reporter
to media executive, every minute became part of a deadline. “It was an
exciting career that included presidents, entertaining governors and
debating politicians. But the more important leadership work, servicing communities and leading media’s consolidation efforts, became all consuming,” she recalls.
Lindus found her escape from the office confines to be equine activities. When the children were at home, Lindus and her two daughters rode and competed in equine events. After the girls struck out on their own, Lindus continued to compete in sports from jumping, to dressage, pleasure horses and reining. “Because I moved so frequently, the horses were my introduction to a social network outside of work. There is nothing more cathartic than cleaning a stall, or galloping a horse across country. The partnership with your horse reaches deep into your health psyche,” she adds.
It was a riding accident that resulted in another sharp turn for her life’s path. Recovering from a broken back and in body cast from armpit to hips, Lindus said she needed a source to break the pain cycle and strengthen her muscles. She picked up her paints, again, and stood for hours creating.
Re-evaluating life, she said that she knew her heart was in the rough red
rock, the desert textures and never-ending vibrant skies. “So soon I hung
up my suits, dumped the glamour of the corporate world, banished
my heels and returned to the inspiration of the Arizona desert to paint,”
she laughs. “That day was far more exciting than any thrill of corporate
life.” Living in north Scottsdale, her studio is located in Cave Creek,
Arizona. It’s a refreshing change, from the dining rooms and bedrooms
in which she painted during her transient life.
Art movements that have impressed her work over the years include
Expressionism, Impressionism and Representational Abstract. Artists
who have shaped her work come from a broad cross section of
genres such as Modigliani, Picasso, Monet, Georgia OʼKeefe, and
Eric Mack, to name but a few. Her most recent works have been selected
for inclusion in juried Arizona exhibits and have been shown at the Shemer Center for the Arts and
Museum, Sedona Arts Center, the Gallery at el Pedregal, Small Works Invitational, Holland Fine Arts Center and various juried online exhibits.
Lindus is a juried artist. Having won numerous awards through the years, especially for her skies in international competitions, Lindus paints with assertive positivity, shunning dark work, and focusing on bold light, which evokes uplifting emotions.
Today, residing in the Sonoran Desert she paints with brush and knife. The knife creates tactile reminders from her childhood and mimics the rough textures and boldness of her surroundings. The artist captures the ever-
changing light as it moves across the surfaces. The big, open skies boast colors that fuel her imagination and are the focus of her work. “The skies speak to me. In my earlier days my work was more realistic. For a period, I swung nearly to the opposite side of the spectrum with representational abstracts,” Lindus explains. “As my technique developed, I found that a more contemporary work combining the textural land surface with bold, lively skies that are beyond what is real fuel my imagination.”
She continues to express her perceptions of landscapes and the details each unveils, with each canvas evoking emotional qualities that awaken all to the magic that is uniquely revealed in paint.