Linda Klein is an eco-conscious mixed media artist from California. She applies her passion for the environment to her work. “Many of my collaged tree pieces are created with bits of litter that I clean up off of scenic highways,” Linda says. “Each painting contributes to cleaning up our planet and turns ‘trash into trees.’” By repurposing litter as collage material, Linda dutifully reminds her viewers that recycling is key to a thriving future. The artist lives in Marin County, where she feels grateful to have inherited her mother-in-law’s large art studio that is always filled with light.
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About The Artist
Today, her primary source of inspiration for her richly diverse subject matter comes from her current surroundings in the wild and beautiful settings of West Marin where she has resided for the past 9 years.
Klein's style varies greatly depending on which Series (or Collection) she is working on. Characterized by either tonal colors and detailed graphite drawings, or bright splashes of pigment in rhythmic shapes, enhanced with collage, her work travels a broad spectrum of application and presentation.
Loose brushstrokes of watercolor with added texture from collaged bits of litter and bark that she cleans up off of her adopted section of California scenic highways turn trash into beautiful treescapes. Additionally, her collages sometimes contain her nature photography work woven into the composition. These paintings rejoice in nature and provide a gentle reminder to be better stewards of our planet, along with action towards cleaning it up.
Uniquely, while graphite and watercolor work is traditionally done on paper requiring expensive framing and issues with glare from glass and plexiglass, Linda mounts all her artwork on archival varnished wood panels. This provides a more contemporary allure and a ready to hang piece where glass does not create a barrier between the viewer and the art.
Klein has exhibited her artwork in group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area including the Marin MOCA - National Juried Exhibit featuring Juror Catharine Clark, Director/Owner of Catharine Clark Gallery and more recently at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley/San Francisco, CA. She has studied at multiple California Colleges and more currently, private lessons with San Francisco Academy of the Arts Instructor, John McCormick.
Linda Klein’s efforts continue to be about education, observation and learning from other Artists she admires. She is discovering a harmonious dance between documentation and creating a new reality with an even greater intensity.
Associate of Arts, 1984