My soul is alive when I am painting or photographing new images to inspire me. My artwork exhibits elements of patience, detail, depth and color. I am constantly watching and searching for the next moment of nature’s beauty that will grab my attention. Many times I find this inspiration while taking a photo drive somewhere to capture that fleeting splash of light on a tree, water and rocks by the shore or any scene where nature is showing off. Landscapes are what I choose to paint most and water is what catches my eye often.
‘Contemporary realism’ is what I would call my style of painting . I often use one to three photo references to gather the information I need to complete a painting. Some photos would be used for the composition and others for close-ups of sections I may need for a more detailed area. I paint in oils primarily now and work in layers. Each layer will dry overnight because I use Liquin as my medium. This way I can stop at a good point and resume the next day, laying new paint over the last layer. I paint in my studio as my work is too time-consuming to do otherwise.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, I lived in Wethersfield for most of my life. From a young age, I enjoyed all forms of art and had wonderful parents who encouraged me to draw and paint. I began taking oil painting lessons as a teen and continued to paint larger works into high school. In college my favorites were drawing, photography and printmaking. After completing a BA at Southern Connecticut State University, I became a graphic artist and remained in that field for over 30 years. My heart belonged to my fine art though. I continued to paint and enter shows in between work and family, winning prizes along the way. I feel I can finally become the full-time artist I have yearned for all these years.
I have exhibited throughout Connecticut and on Long Island and am a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Lyme, Middletown and New Britain Museum of American Art guilds as well as the Connecticut Women Artists group. I joined Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, Connecticut in early 2013 and have been a member artist since.
Linda DeStefanis’ Gallery