Linda R. Thompson
I love the creating of a painting, the intrigue and surprise of the media, the feeling of tapping into the creative spirit when things are going right. Some call this “being in the zone”. Color and nature are important elements in my work. While I once painted strictly representationally, now I try to paint my instincts about the piece as well. The pieces I am happiest with have a kind of energy about them. It often helps me to imagine a back story behind my work. Looking over images I have made in the past 20 or so years, I feel most drawn to pieces that were more improvisational, where something surprising happened.
I have always loved making art and earned a BA degree from the University of Maryland with an English major and art minor. During the busy years of career and raising a family, I took a few art classes and worked on creative projects as time permitted. When I retired in the late 90’s, I began to focus on art. I studied art with teachers in ALOG, at the Torpedo Factory and Yellow Barn, and participated in local art shows. My current mediums are watercolors and oil. I have been a member of ALOG since 1998 and loved participating in their shows and on the Board and had the privilege of overseeing the hanging of many of our shows. I recently picked up my brushes again after a three-year break and have started making small sketches in watercolor.