I love the idea of creating something that makes me smile. I believe that art should touch the heart. My art affair began when I was old enough to hold a brush! I have studied with many talented artists. I also attended the Balboa Museum School of fine arts along with the Art Institute in San Diego, CA. I consider myself a colorist and have a special love for old cars, farm animals and Plein Air work.
In January of 2023, I registered for pastel and acrylic painting classes. Needing a place to paint, I wandered into the CH-4 Art Studio, fell in love with painting and the fabulous studio.
My brief history - I came from the Galveston / Houston area, where I received my Architecture degree. Starting my career there, I eventually specialized in architectural interiors focused on large corporate mergers, consolidations and the corporate interiors that accommodate these reorganizations. I loved it with a passion. The firm I was part of took me from Houston to the bulk of my career in Washington, DC.
25 years later my husband, Ricky, and I retired to Santa Fe, NM, where we developed our love of art and artists. We then relocated for a brief party stop in Palm Springs and found Laguna Woods as a summer escape from the PS heat and we’ve been here since 2019. What an amazing place and community! Please drop by the studio and meet some of us possessed with art and creating.
I became fascinated with Art as a child. My grandfather was an oil painter. I remember seeing a huge mural laid out on his single-car garage floor. I marveled that he could anticipate where all the colors would go on that blank canvas. I majored in Art at San Jose State College in the 70’s. I use fabrics to create an atmosphere or effect. I am in Laguna Woods now, taking a much-needed beginner's course in Watercolor. Finally, I am becoming a painter!!
Linda has been a member of the LWAA for approximately 3 years. Linda worked for the Federal Government for 38 years before retiring at 56 years young. As Linda says, “I have no art background”. Her introduction to art started at various Paint Nites. This piqued her interest and she decided to learn more. Linda began painting with Jan Couch’s guidance, then joined the Art Association and started attending classes in Acrylics, Watercolor and Printmaking. She enjoys serving as the Vice President and working with the Board.
I have an MBA in Finance and Accounting. I worked on Wall Street as a Vice President for Smith Barney, as well as being a
Board-Certified Financial Planner. In 1995, I closed my brokerage firm and moved to Los Angeles. I worked in LA until moving to Laguna Woods Village in 2006. Over the past 18 years I have dedicated volunteer time to the community assisting Third Mutual, serving as Treasurer of the GRF Board, and as the Treasurer of other clubs. Pamme Turner’s ceramic class was what turned me on to the Clubhouse 4. I choose to see myself as a work in progress as I endeavor to learn to draw and paint.