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 Linda R. St. Clair  (1952 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado/New Mexico      Known for: animal and western wildlife painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Linda St. Clair grew up on a farm in Tennessee, where she developed an intimate familiarity with rural life. A recipient of two Grumbacher Gold Medals, St. Clair has participated in numerous shows including the Salmagundi Club Show in New York; Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin and the Audubon Artists Show.

She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has work in the permanent collections of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

In 2005, St. Clair moved from Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico

Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2003
Note from the artist, April 2005

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Linda St. Clair, b. 1952, Franklin, Tennessee, (United States)

Within the great tradition of painting, Linda St. Clair has set herself apart as an innovator who creates animal portraits that explore the personalities of creatures great and small. Whether her subjects are of the barnyard, domestic or wild variety, they are undeniably the product of an artist inspired by wildlife's vital energy and its broad emotional range.

St. Clair's body of work is infused with a strong narrative sense, a clear articulation of mood and spirit, and an intricate knowledge of animal anatomy. Each painting is completed during a single, intense session out of her studio in Santa Fe. St. Clair's work is characterized by the contrast of warm and cool colors, loose brushstrokes and bold color, light and shade, and thin and thick textures. Themes of parenthood, strength, and the soft, silent language of affection can all be seen in her work.

The artist's seminal years were spent on a Tennessee farm where she learned the mannerisms and attitudes of the dogs and cows living on the property. As a teenager, she left the country life behind and moved to Dallas to pursue a career in marketing. Later, under the guidance of her late husband, painter Dean St. Clair, Linda sharpened her craft and devoted her full attention to painting.

To get a clearer perspective of an animal's spirit, St. Clair travels frequently to find and photograph them. She's travelled to the Hudson Bay, Canada to study polar bears, Africa to observe elephants and zebras, and Yellowstone National Park as well as Katmai, Alaska to watch grizzly bears. Whether the subjects are lions or lambs, horses or hares, or the flamboyant and feisty barnyard rooster, St. Clair's work is characterized by the contrast of warm and cool colors, loose brushstrokes and bold color, light and shade, and thin and thick textures.

Themes of parenthood, strength, and the soft, silent language of affection can all be seen in her work. "My goal is to offer the viewer a rare, if not surprising, glimpse into an animal's individuality, its endearing qualities and often complex internal state," St. Clair said. "I want my work to tell a story, to make us feel a connection with the subjects, to remind us all that upon closer inspection, animal emotions and relationships are not unlike our own." St. Clair's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States as well as Japan, China, Turkey and the Royal Guard in Paris, France.

? Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Selected Exhibitions
? Trailside Galleries, Salute to Summer, Jackson, WY, 2008-Present
? Trailside Galleries, Fall Gold, Jackson, WY, 2009-Present
? Desert Cabelleros Museum, Cowgirl Up, Wickenberg, AZ, 2006-2012
? The Royal Guard, ArAnima, Paris, France, 2012
? National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Jackson, WY, 2001-2011
? Buffalo Bill Museum, Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, WY, 1997-2011
? Huntsville Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL, 2008-2011
? Trailside Galleries, New Territory, Scottsdale, AZ, 2011
? Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, Albuquerque, NM, 2000-2011
? Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, WI, 2010
? National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Heart of the West, Fort Worth, TX, 2008-2010
? Trailside Galleries, Artist Spotlight, Jackson, WY, 2003-2010
? Society of Animal Artists, Annual Exhibition, NJ, 2003
? Bennington Center for the Arts, Images of New England, Brandon, VT, 2002-2003
? Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, WI, 1997-2005
? Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art-Traveling Exhibition, Wausau, WI, 1998-2001, 2002-2005
? Gallery Enatsu, Morioka, Japan, & Osaka, Japan 1999
? Audubon Artists Show, New York, NY, 1996
? Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 1995
? National Arts for the Parks, 1992
Selected Press
? Wildlife Art journal, Summer, 2012
? Southwest Art, March, 2012
? Austin Live, Televised Interview, 2012
? Western Art Collector, January-February, 2012
? Cowboys & Indians, March 2012
? Southwest Art, March, 2011
? American Art Collector, February, 2011
? Western Art Collector, March, 2011
? Southwest Art, October, 2009
? House Beautiful, July, 2009
? Homestead Magazine, 2009, 2010
? Waterways, Austin, TX, Spring, 2006
? Cowboys & Indians, December, 2005
? Cowboys & Indians, September, 2003
? Focus Santa Fe, October/November, 2005
? Southwest Art, March 2002, June 2004, April 2002, August 2000, March 1998, August 1998,
? Wildlife Art Magazine, March/April 2003, May/June 2002, July/August 2001, May/June 2000
Selected Collections
? Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, WI
? University of Texas, Austin, TX
? Equifax Corporation, Atlanta, GA
? Hunt Museum, Montgomery, AL
? Julie Wrigley, Wrigley Spearmint Gum
? Princess Servenez Pahlavi, Dallas, TX
? State National Bank of Iowa Park, Wichita Falls, TX
? Michael Mendenhall, Walt Disney Corporation
? George Guggenheim, Hilton head, SC
? Condon, Estate Collection, Tucson, AZ
? Parkhurst Publications, Dallas, TX
? Tonie Tenille
? Bill Marriott
? Senator Allen Simpson
? The Artist Magazine, Artist of the Month, April, 2001
? PBS, Featured Artist for Colorado, 2001
? Southwest Watercolor Society, Merchandise Award, Dallas, TX 1998
? Southwest Watercolor Society, Grumbacher Gold Medal Award, Dallas, TX 1997
? Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Second Place, Breckenridge, TX, 1997
? Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Award of Merit, Breckenridge, TX, 1996
? Richardson Civic Art Society, Grumbacher Gold Medal, Oils, Dallas, TX, 1994
? Society of Animal Artists, New York, NY
? Taos Art School, Teacher
? Colorado Artists Association, Teacher
? The Artisan, Santa Fe, NM, Teacher

Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:
Born in 1952 and reared on a farm in Tennesse, Linda St.Clair could hardly wait to reach adulthood and leave her country life behind.  At age eighteen, she moved to Dallas, Texas and began a career in marketing.  Twenty years later, she began to devote her full attention to painting still lifes and landscapes, but her true passion was capturing the personality and essence of barnyard animals.

She has won two Grumbacher Gold Medals and membership in the Society of Animal Artists in New York.  She is also a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Oil Painters of America, and has exhibited nationally at such shows as the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, the Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition in New York, and the Salmagundi Club in New York.

Linda St. Clair is best known for her portrayal of vibrant roosters, cows, and other barnyard animals.  The subject matter in her work, however, cannot be seen as merely representational images of domestic animals as she gives each of her animals an attitude and personality that is reinforced by her clever titles.  Themes of pride, as well as those of love and motherhood, are found in her works.

Linda credits some of the appeal of her paintings to the need to return to a more simple time and reconnect with the earth.  St. Clair believes that we have much to learn from animals, and her love and respect for these animals is made clear through her work.

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