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Lived/Active: California/Washington      Known for: landscape, portrait, street scene

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted March 2004, is from the artist whose website is www.paintgallery.com

Gino Hollander, art writer, described Linda Pierson as a "Sophisticate Primitive". She is best known for her spontaneous energy and the usage of multiple colors to create a trickling ambiance of texture and depth. Dubbed "The Artist" in High school, Pierson' graduated nearly a year and a half early due to College Art Credits. She studied under Margaret Roth at the age of 12 who spotted talent and often used examples of her work. This was not surprising as her family claims she had been obsessed with painting years earlier.

The last of six children, Linda Pierson' grew up inspirationally viewing the magnificent sunsets of the Imperial Valley, California. She also frequently traveled into Mexico and extensively throughout California. At 16 years of age she was appointed by her eldest Brother, Herb to run his leather shop and beach shows in Santa Barbara, California. The culture of this Bohemian life style became evident in her work..

Painting was a natural college major during the years 1976-1981, with studies in Philosophy as well. Craftsman Michael Chaille' and Ceramist Bill Bernard introduced her to a multiplication of mediums, which influenced both her style and and variety of mediums she pursued.

Painting Instructor William Bowne at San Diego State University encouraged her to never give up her incessant freedom of color and spontaneity. In 1980, she traveled with Professor Bowne, lifelong friend drawing and Painting Instructor Jaunita Lowe, and other artists extensively throughout France and Italy. Deeply touched with the ambience of the unique European flair, and the many Museums she visited, she received from her fellow artists their unused canvas' as she rapidly went through hers. While painting street scenes and selling her work, she was especially inspired by the works of Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Picasso.

Back in San Diego, she created colorful landscapes from locations such as Balboa Park and Harbors. She taught a series of workshops to children and adults 1980-1982 at The Pen & Brush Art Gallery, Pacific Beach. The groups often ventured out to the artist's favorite painting spots.

After college Pierson' lived in Brooklyn, New York with her first husband, Edward Binder, and traveled through British Columbia. Settling in Georgia she gave birth to daughter Virginia Sue in 1985 and son Richard David in 1987. Her motherly instincts kept her at home with the kids, and she designed a line of painted clothing. In a rather large finished basement, overlooking dogwood trees and a creek, hand-sewn Silk, Suede, and Cotton garments were painted with flowers and seascapes.


The work along with her canvas' were sold at showings and department stores throughout Georgia, Minnesota, California, Florida and New York. She and her children returned to California in 1991.

Over the next several years Pierson' taught privately and at elementary schools allowing youngsters to express themselves with various mediums, and teacher's clamored to book her. Independent Contract work was often coupled with volunteer classes.

In 1995 while searching for a place to paint, she along with her new husband Steve, a Fire Captain, purchased an older downtown building. The next few years she designed and built the 2,750 sq. foot structure into a two-story indoor mall. "Pierson's Downtown Gallery of Shop's Services and Salons". She also taught Art Classes, had various shops throughout the building, and designed a new Beauty Salon "Gallery Hair Design" before deciding to venture solely on her painting early in the decade of 2000.

After consistent research a humanitarian series evolved, titled "Paintings of International Societies". Concurrently the artist is working on "A Lifetime of Portraits of "Chaka Khan" and "Bob Marley". On a preview of the work Tammy McCrary, Chaka Khan's sister and personal Manager, referred to Linda Pierson as an "Amazing" and "A Brilliant Artist".

The latter two collections will go on tour 2004-2005. Additionally she is writing books for the three collections, and plans to donate partial proceeds to Foundations set up for the musical artists.

Most recently studies of Rembrandt's texture filled portraits and the deep and divine works of fellow artist Gino Hollander have captured the artist's attention.

A late review by Angela Di Bello, Director of Agora Galleries, SoHo, New York of the artist reads; "The paintings exhibit an expressive approach to painting. There exists the skillful fusion of color, light and perspective to elevate emotive nuance and verve. The work is visceral, spontaneous, passionate and unreserved."

Pierson's Art works are in the collections of The Bob Marley Family, Miami, Florida, The Bob Marley Mausoleum, Jamaica and Dennis Yvonne Tate in Paris, France and London England, Dr. Jack and Mariam Tidwell of Columbus, GA, St. Paul's Insurance Co., and Fratellos Mens Clothing.

Plans for a new studio in a 27,480 sq. ft building recently purchased in Downtown Port Angeles, Washington by the artist and her husband are now in the works. The site overlooks The Strait of Juan de Fuca and is definitely roomy enough to handle the artist's work.

"May your Life be touched with colors and the imagination gone superb".

"Surely life is what you make it, and I just happen to Love to Paint".

MUSEUMS

Bob Marley Mausoleum, Jamaica, and
Saint Paul's Minneapolis Minn.

PERIODICALS:

Griffin Daily News, GA 1989, 1990.

Imperial Valley Press, December 21, 2003 Front page headline "Her paintings capture stark realities", Staff Writer; Jason Rogers, Photographs; Paul Nilson.

AWARDS

1977, 1st place, Acrylics on Canvas, Imperial Valley, CA.

1988, 1st place, Acrylics on Canvas, Griffin GA.

1989, 1st place Acrylics on Canvas, Griffin, GA.

1989, St Paul's Purchase Award, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1989, 1st place, Acrylics on Canvas, Atlanta, GA.

1990, Belks Painting Award for Breast Cancer Benefit, GA.

1993, 1st place Acrylics on Canvas, Imperial Valley Arts Council, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

1977, Group Showing, Imperial Valley, CA.

1981 One Woman Show the Pen & Brush Art Gallery; Pacific Beach, CA.

1982 One Woman Show The Pen & Brush Art Gallery; Pacific Beach, CA.

1986 Group Showing, Fayetteville Georgia.

1988 Group Showing, Griffin Georgia.

1989 Group Showings, Griffin, GA, Brooks, GA, Atlanta, GA, Fayetteville, GA Senioa, GA,

Minneapolis, Minn.

1990 Group Showings, Cancer Center, GA, Griffin, GA, Doloniga, GA, Newnen, GA, Atlanta, GA, Fayetteville, GA, Senoia, GA.

1991 Group Showings, Brooks, GA, Senioa, GA.

1992 Group Showing, Chamber of Commerce Imperial, CA.

1992 One Woman Show, Calexico, CA.

1993 Group Showings, Arts Council El Centro, CA, Chamber of Commerce Imperial, CA.

1994 Group Showings, Episcopal Church, El Centro, CA, Imperial, CA, Holtville, CA, Brawley, CA.

1996 Group Showing, Episcopal Church, El Centro, CA, Brawley, CA, Imperial, CA.

1997 Group Showing, Episcopal Church, El Centro, CA, Brawley, CA.

1998- 2000 Showings, Pierson's Gallery.

2003 Group Showing, Episcopal Church, El Centro, CA.

2003 One Woman Show, Pierson's Gallery, El Centro, CA.

2004 Private Showing to The Bob Marley Family Miami, Florida

INSTRUCTION

1980-1982 Taught Watercolor & Acrylics to children & adults at The Pen & Brush Art Gallery; Pacific Beach, Ca.

1992-2000 Taught Art classes throughout the Elementary School Districts, Both as an Independent Instructor and voluntarily, Imperial Valley, Ca.

1996-2000 Taught Private Art Classes at Pierson's Gallery to Children & Adults, El Centro, CA.





























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