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Linda Boisvert DeStefanis
Featured Artist Working in Oils

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 that 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, beautiful reflections on a serene pond, or any scene where nature is showing off.  Most often my eye gravitates to water as I love the challenge of painting water in all its many forms.

Contemporary realism is how I would describe my style of painting. I often use one to three photo references to gather the information I need to complete a painting.  Some photos will 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 hadwonderful parents who encouraged me to draw and paint. I began taking oil painting lessons as a teen and went on to paint larger works into high school. In college my favorites were drawing, photography, and printmaking.  After completing a B.A. 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, and 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 Long Island. I am an Elected Artist Member of the Clinton Art Society and the Madison Art Society and an active Associate member of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club. This year I became an Elected Artist Member of the American Artists Professional League (AAPL). I was voted in to become an Elected Member Artist of the Lyme Art Association (LAA).

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