Linda Swindle
Linda Swindle

Art and the creation of art has been a life-long passion. As much enjoyment as I get from creating art, I like to share that passion with others. Graduating with a Bachelors degree in Art Education enabled me to teach and share my love of art with others which I did in the public school system for over 20 years. With this background in education, I am continuing to offer classes and lessons in my studio in Powell Butte, Oregon. I also teach at Sitka Center near Lincoln City, Oregon, through Central Oregon Community College, The Dalles Art Center in The Dalles, Oregon, Art Unraveled in Phoenix, AZ, and The Pacific Northwest School of Art on Whidbey Island, WA. My workshop offerings include Make a Mark, Spontaneous Watercolor, PaintSilk!, Felted, Fused, and Upcycled, and Watercolor Journaling.

Having left public education, I am able to pursue my interest in watercolor on a daily basis. The spontaneity and freshness of this transparent medium is the aspect that most appeals to me. My subject matter is diverse but the underlying theme is to capture the moment in a loose, spontaneous technique and approach. Living on a small ranch, I am surrounded by the some of the animals that show up in my paintings. These paintings are a joy to create.

In the past 8 years, I have added silk painting to my interests as it is similar to watercolor in its fluid movement and vibrant colors. The tactile element of silk appeals to me as does the transparency of the colors. Then I discovered felting and added it to my interests. I use my painted silk and other found fabrics to create scarves, wall hangings, and other collage pieces.

My work has been displayed and sold in the following galleries: Inspirations (Madras), Ambiance (Redmond), Falcon Crest (Redmond), Bunkhouse Studio (Prineville), Wild River (Bend), Red Chair Gallery, (Bend), and The Dalles Art Center, Artisans in Cedar City, Utah, and Hood Ave Art Gallery in Sisters, Oregon. I have been juried into the Redmond Airport Show since the beginning, having received Best of Show several years ago. The Powell Butte Art Show is my "baby" and I do all the organization necessary to put that together. DDFA, located in England, represents me and markets my images worldwide. FineArt America also markets my work. Currently, I am a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and have been for over 10 years.

More of my work can be viewed on my website at LSWatercolor.com.

Questions? jlranch1@yahoo.com
Website: LSWatercolor.com