Linda Darsow

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Living in the California hills adjacent to protected Open space, wildlife subjects and the complementing light of their environments, supply limitless inspiration. This native Californian is fascinated by the delicate balance of unique unspoiled environments and the sometimes unusual inhabitants. Brought up to see color optically, her devotion is most often expressed in the transparency of watercolors that so generously represents the effects of light. . A member of the Society of Animal Artists, she is usually cavorting “Wildlife Art” with the atmospheric medium. Signature memberships are held in NWS – National Watercolor Soc. AFC – Artists for Conservation Foundation (formerly Worldwide Nature Artists Group), CWA – California Watercolor Assoc. & WW – Watercolor  West.

Publications of note are:  the covers of Wildscape Magazine (UK) Dec. 2009 & Wildlife Art Magazine, Nov/Dec’02, featured in Western Art Collector,Sep.’09,  “The Watercolor Page” American Artist Magazine May ‘96, Equus ‘95 and Splash 7 Northlight Books. The city of Concord sent 2 paintings as gifts to their sister city of Kitikami Japan and it’s Mayor Ito.

An award winning “Plein air” painter, painting on location is a habit, often for benefit of nature preservation organizations. Transparent Watercolor was initially taught to her outside on location, where the incomparable sense of “being there” instigates adventurous diversity, challenges, and often opportunities to collect exciting new reference. In December of ’08 a trip to three locations in Kenya allowed new animals and new environments to investigate. Continued attendance in a trusty life drawing group every alternate week, provides the continued growth of classic and creative drawing skills, that also relate to the animal forms, where accurate representation is a valid expectation. Using  traditional Art Elements a Significant Contrast creates design and atmosphere for a subject to exist within. Captivating the viewer by manipulating relationships between abstraction and realism engages the imagination to capture the  essence of a subject, or place. Enticing the viewers imagination with just enough realism to draw them into and beyond the two dimensional surface.

For ten years at Walnut Creek Civic Arts, she worked teaching classes and workshops in watercolor, along with developing lessons in art principals for Jr. & Sr. High School students in their school services program. Also consulting for Vicenté Martinez High School from 2006-2008 to infuse art in their alternative program. Classes, workshops and demonstrations are about handling the wet’n wet medium as brave color relationships, more than about subject matter. Tools offered to be used for representing personal passions that can be applied to many mediums.