LINDA J BAKER
“I love to paint from life, whether in the studio or plein air. This gives me an immediacy of experience… of form, light and color… that I can translate into paint on a canvas I try to convey what I see when I stop looking at the world in a casual and remote way and instead see things intensely and immediately. I want to create an emotional experience that comes from seeing some elusive or unrecognized beauty in an object person or scene. In a sense, art is for me, unveiling the beauty of everyday things.”
Linda J. Baker has studied art at the University of Wisconsin, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago), and Scottsdale Artists School. She has won numerous awards for her art, including Best in Show, People’s Choice, Mayor’s Award and Wisconsin Regional Artist‘s Award, amongst others. She has served as president of Painter’s Showcase of Portland and is Vice President of Lake Area Artists. Her paintings hang in private collections and are shown in galleries and shows nationally.
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I am inspired by what I see in nature, not in a realistic way, but in the way nature’s forms/shapes/colors integrate.
Encaustics is an ancient form of painting, possibly preceding oil painting. it involves painting a surface with a mixture of hot beeswax and damar resin to harden the medium. The molten wax needs to be fused to the surface of the substrate. Hot clear medium can be mixed with pigments, oils, and oil sticks. Encaustic can include collage, photography, and many types of 3d substrates as well. My encaustics here are abstract interpretations of both floral and landscapes.
I call myself an abstract intuitive painter working in mixed media. I am fascinated by the process of painting with various mediums and love the joy I feel from the entertaining and fulfilling method of letting the painting speak to me and allowing myself to respond—using my own love of color, design, movement and appreciation for the nature around me. This way of painting allows me to experiment without judgement and be always entertained by what my years of practice and noticing can create if I allow it. I am always learning and expressing a basic delight in what evolves and love sharing with those who can just feel some emotion from the work.
I am fascinated by the shapes I see in water, trees and rocks. I look for negative and positive shapes, weave them together, and give equal attention to subject and background. I see nature as a woven fabric with all things interconnected. Understanding so much complexity is always out of reach. Ultimately, my goal is to create a personal statement about places I have been. I use my past experience with calligraphy, graphic design and silk painting to create a distinct style.
I have lived in Oregon nearly all my life surrounded by gardens, animals and beautiful landscapes. I paint in both Oil and Pastels, in a relaxed realistic style, trying to capture light, shape, color and mood. The subjects to paint are endless but my moods are different each day giving me the challenge of narrowing them down and choosing which medium to use.
Every artist I know says that Painting is like meditating, you can escape the worries and duties that we all have and live in a creative world at least for awhile. My hope is that that time in the creative world reflects in my paintings and the viewer gets a glimpse of happiness or a little taste of the beauty that surrounds us.
I am a painter of rivers.
The higher the elevation, the more exciting the river flows. This inspires me to study and capture the moment, then paint its essence. I work with acrylics on canvas and have perfected the technique for transparency, typical in watery scenes.
I enjoy strong rocky compositions combined with soft, swirling, watery shapes. These interesting shapes and reflections, frequently find their way into my river series.
I have been an artist as far back as I can remember. Growing up I drew on everything – my books, the walls and doors, the shelf lining paper my mom put in the cupboards and regular old paper. Later I studied art at Oregon State University.
My love of all animals and art weave together naturally to give me direction and enjoyment in my work.
I love painting. It is like mediating to me. I live
on the Sandy River, which provides endless inspiration, from pools in the
back yard to panoramic vistas of Mt Hood. Recently, my mind's eye has
been shaped by the movement and play of light on water, and textures on
trees and rocks, which are everywhere around me. Not until I began to
paint did I actually began to see, or perhaps to "notice". Color, texture and
light began to pop as I took time to be present with my surroundings.
Some of my paintings are also inspired by my travels, including some figu-
My style is photorealistic, but recently, my longstanding love of luscious
brush strokes and lost edges has called me to experiment with a more im-
pressionistic approach. It is difficult for me to remain loose and not "fix
everything! It is a fun challenge to create natural looking textures using
layers of paint and other techniques.