Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meet Artist Linda Beach, Ironstone's Spring Obsession Theme Division artist

Wellfleet.JPG    Artist Linda Beach

 For artist and teacher, Linda Sargent Beach, it was a natural progression from using chalk as a teacher to her current focus of painting landscapes in pastel.  After a career as an art teacher  from Maine to California, Linda  is now an art instructor in Livermore, CA.  She enjoys the challenge of teaching and the perspective that it brings to her own art.
     A native of Cohasset, MA, Linda received a BA from Wilson College, PA and MS in Art Ed at Central Connecticut State University.  Linda has studied a variety of media from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to Santa Fe.  She has studied with numerous national artists such as pastelist Doug Dawson and watercolorist Sylvia Miller. Linda continues to seek new methods for her own expression in landscape. Her work in natural color often depicts a sense of distance and serenity.     
     Linda Beach is an active member of local art organizations and the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Sierra Pastel Society.  Her award-winning work has been exhibited in group and juried shows in the SF Bay Area and at Wilson College.

Artist Statement:
The changing light on the landscape inspires my painting.  Color nuances, strong horizons, spatial recession, and textural elements are the foundations of my art.  My goal is to capture the essence and spirit of a landscape and convey a sense of place that transcends a visual image guided by my deep appreciation for nature.
I love the simplicity of soft pastels applied to sanded paper on location or indoors.  The medium of pastel permits the contrast of crisply rendered details with more subtle gradations of tone.  The landscape traditions of Jean Baptiste Corot and William Stanley Haseltine are an inspiration. 
My current work is comprised of landscapes that depict a sense of distance and evoke a mood of serenity.  I am as eager to capture the warmth of a color-washed setting sun on a Western sky as the myriad of reflections in the cool waters of New England.  This variety of surroundings and the perspectives gained from my career as an art educator continues to nourish and challenge my creativity.

For inquiries:  925-449-4226

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