Born: May 3, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio
Best known for wildlife in oil, commission portraits in oil, Indian No Face doll wood carvings, also occasional art restoration & repair.
Settled into traditional oil painting of wildlife and portraits of Indian women (most often with wildlife) moving from years of realism into a more painterly style of impressionism that is uncommon with wildlife. Works tend to take on a portrait appearance due to years of portrait work. The eyes are the window to the soul and that is what stands out in all the works. Many works are done so that the eyes follow the viewer. The No Face Dolls are very traditional and a new interest that have a history of around 8,000 years among the American Indian. They are carved by hand. Characters from Indian folklore are subject along with those in traditional dress. I have Indian blood on my mother's side (Onandaga Iroquois), although not on the roles of the tribe.
There are many artists I admire and have tried to emulate over the years but recently put them all aside to find my own "voice". I do not want to be compared to others but stand on my own as an original. I am striving for the composition of DaVinci, the brushwork of John Singer Sargent, the passion of VanGogh and the light of Rembrandt.
Education & Training:
Art major in high school where I sold my first work and was named art student of the year in 1965 at Linden McKinley High School in Columbus Ohio. After that, I hit the ground running and have only been back to visit. Basically, self taught. In the early years, I never refused any assignment and have tried all mediums, styles and subjects. I have traveled the country through most states from Boston to Phoenix and Panama City Beach to North Dakota taking part in festivals, fairs and picking up commission work. I am a true gypsy.
Museums & Gallery Exhibits:
Birmingham Museum of Art - Gus Shafer Art Gallery - Field Galleries, Inc. - Wichita Center for The Arts - Gilcrease Museum of Art - Art Train USA - Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - Standing Bear Indian Museum - Marland Mansion Museum - Pa Jo Gallery - Tulsa Zoo - Ponca City Art Association and so many more along the way.
Best Of Show - Operation Wildlife (2), Stillwater Art League Annual Juried Exhibit. People's Choice - Stillwater Art League. First Place - Rough Riders International Show & Sale, Stillwater Art League (2), Great Plains Art Show, Ponca City Annual Juried Exhibit (3) - Many second place, third place and purchase awards.
In: Art of The West Magazine - Wildlife Art Magazine - Art World News - North Light Books - U.S. Art Magazine - Decor Magazine - Giftware News - Native Peoples Magazine - Southwest Art Magazine and various local newspapers in several states.
Current Museum Permanent Collections:
John A Logan College Art Gallery - Marland Mansion Oil Museum - Oklahoma Heritage Hall of Fame - Gus Shafer Gallery
Various private collections in Europe, US and Canada including Jack Hannah and the American Indian actors Auguste Schellenberg and Steve Reevis.
Have had membership in Women Artists of The West, National Museum of Women in the Arts DC and various organizations
I am an obsessed, prolific artist who puts in an average 60 - 70 hour week and producing an average of 200 originals per year. I have published 18 limited edition lithographs and giclees to date.
The source for this information is ME, Linda Rous