Mixed Media Artist
Artist Bio & Statement
Linnie stumbled upon mixed media 8 years ago at local art workshop.
It opened up a wondrous world of sparkle, spin and joy. Mainly self-taught, she considers herself a “naïve” or “outsider” artist. Her pictures are often colorful and whimsical with hidden surprises that appear childlike.
She gets inspiration and idea sparks everywhere:
Tree branches whipping and swaying on a windy day
A baby’s perfectly round, perfectly soft, perfectly pink cheeks. The incredible architecture of a 7-inch, high-heel shoe. Patterns the sun makes on everything it kisses
Linnie holds Signature Member status at the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, has served as a board member of the Delaware Valley Art League and Tri-State Artists Equity.
She’s been giving free mixed media workshops for years to adults and children at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Administration, libraries, retirement communities and community centers. She finds it particularly rewarding to work with those participants who suffer from dementia, those with PTSD and recovering addicts. She’s has been a recipient of a grant from the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to give many of these workshops and recently taught autistic children how to make stickers at the Please Touch Museum.
She’s also taught Mixed Media Collage at Lower Merion High School under the auspices of Main Line School Night.
She is honored to have received among other awards, First Place at Harcum College’s 100 years of Art Exhibit in 2015. First place in ArtAbility annual juried exhibit to benefit Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center, Malvern 2016 and 2017. First Place – Delaware Valley Art League juried spring show, 2016. Inclusion in the annual Art of the State juried show at the State Art Museum in Harrisburg. First Place Graphics — Greater Norristown Art League juried spring exhibit 2015.
I don’t know what compels me to get up each day and rifle though images and painted papers to find the stuff that I paste on a canvas, board or piece of paper. I think I’m obsessed.
I’d hazard a guess that selling vintage picturebooks for nearly two decades had a hand in this manic pursuit. I so admire the illustrators of these books who greatly influence my choice of subject matter – colorful, imaginary landscapes and creatures.
Using hand-painted papers and ephemera, I make whimsical worlds filled with critters, carnival whirligigs and joyous, playful people wearing funny hats and bow ties. If the result makes me laugh, I’m satisfied. If the result makes a viewer smile, I consider it a success.
I’m playing with other media now — especially photography. What fun!
Stephen Hawking said, “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe.”
I’m so grateful and cognizant of my one life and aim to fill it with laughter, love & fun.
Making art is playful. It fills me with joy. It’s fun. It’s as simple as that.