Linda grew up in Massachusetts, studied at Modern School of Fashion Design, Boston.  She moved to California with her family, where she met her husband and married. They have one son who now lives in Atlanta. She and her husband spent the last 28 years in Maryland where Linda worked in banking for 21 of those years.  They relocated to Chattanooga upon their retirement to be near family.

Linda is a self-taught artist taking numerous workshops and classes over the years from a variety of accomplished, nationally known artists such as Susan Ogilvie, Nancy Tankersley, Mary Todd Beam, Tara Funk and Bob Coe.  The two art teachers that most influenced Linda as an artist are Cher Compton and Ed Ramsburg.  After working in oils for a number of years, Linda was introduced to pastel and acrylic as a student of Cher Compton at her Moonstruck Studio in Maryland. She studied with Cher for seven years.  Through Ed's classes at the Delaplaine Art Center, MD, Linda was able to express herself as an abstract expressionist, a style, she says, lends itself to more freedom and self discovery in her work.  Linda is presently a student of Sandy Washburn's, and has taken several series of classes.

Linda is a past member of the Maryland Pastel Society, Maryland Art League, and Scholarship coordinator for the Visual Artists Alliance of Maryland/HCAG. She is currently a member of the Association of Visual Arts, of Chattanooga and MMIA, Mixed Media Inspired Artists.

Linda is an award winning artist who has been juried into venues in the DC/MD area; Slayton House Art Gallery, Delaplaine Art Center, Visual Arts Alliance of MD/Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Artists' Gallery of Columbia/Local Color, Arts Council of the City of Gaithersburg, C Street Gallery/Laurel Factory and Laurel Arts/Ladc.

Linda is a past member of In-Town Gallery, Chattanooga, TN; She is currently a member of Mixed Media Inspired Artists (MMIA) and the Association of Visual Artists (AVA). She currently shows her art at local venues. 

Artist Statement

Art is my soul.  Outside of my family, and close friends, It is making art that brings me the most joy.

I paint what moves me, be it the color, light, or the inner feelings I experience for expressing an idea.  Of these three, color is what moves me across the canvas.  It's the excitement of what will come next.

My techniques and thought processes are different depending on the medium I use.  If I'm working in pastel, the technique is quite different than if I am working with acrylic and/or mixed media. My pastel work tends to more representational with a decided concept. My acrylic/mixed media, more to the abstract and the best part, a mystery, even to me sometimes. It brings out those "feelings" I talked about earlier, that hopefully takes shape on the canvas and speaks in all the ways that make a good painting "talk" to those viewing it. Expressing myself through art is pure joy and I'm excited to share it with all art lovers.

‚ÄčLinda Wicksell