Demystifying Watercolor

Linda James was born in a small town in Illinois to a family of artisans working in wood and precious metals. Art has been an interest ever since her first exposure to her uncle’s art studio when she was still in elementary school. The materials, the tools and the colors were exciting. That interest ultimately resulted in a BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971. Her path in life has always included a range of interests. For over 40 years, Linda has been a freelance graphic designer. In addition, she began weaving after college and operated a fiber arts studio in the ’70s, raised a family in the ’80s, became an herbalist in the ’90s, and had an herbal health care practice in the early 2000s. Indigenous art forms have always intrigued her – including Indonesian ikat and shibori, aboriginal dot paintings, Native American carving and basketry, and African and Central American textiles. There is a spiritual content in all of these art forms that unifies them. It is that focused intent that influences her present work in watercolor. In 2010, she began creating one-of-a-kind handpainted artist books. Creating visual narratives is of particular interest as well as exploring the emotional and spiritual vibration of color. Though she has been an artist all of her life, she only recently returned to painting in 2005 after moving to Seattle from Massachusetts. Her watercolor paintings continue to be exhibited regionally and are in private collections around the country. She divides her time between painting, web design, and teaching watercolor classes.
Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
A no-pressure way to explore the watercolor medium, we will focus on technique and a clear understanding of the pigments, brushes, and papers. There will be a specific focus on play and experimentation — using watercolor and abstraction as the vehicle for personal expression.