I’ve waited a long time to make art. With my husband, Jim, I raised three children, who brought their three wonderful spouses into our lives, and subsequently, four exceptional (dare I say “perfect”) grand-daughters. In 2016, I retired from a deeply satisfying career in education. Now, gratefully, with Jim’s support as my devoted ‘Art Sherpa,’ I have the time and resources to pursue my lifelong fascination with the visual arts.
When I am immersed in painting, time is meaningless; the world falls away. I am not aware of anything but my next response to the developing composition. More than simple interactions, I am engaged in a relationship between my head and heart, and the wishes and whims of the solutions at work on paper or panel. The result is often very distant from what I thought I might make when I began an hour, a day, or a month earlier. Every now and again, it seems that a painting comes through me rather than because of me – an experience I find deeply humbling, unusually satisfying.
As I reflect on my work of the last few years, several themes emerge: hope; gratitude; the search for Light (in the spiritual sense); making one’s way through challenging times; searching for or creating a sense of peace. I express these concepts primarily through abstract paintings in alcohol ink and acrylics, most often inspired by images, scenes, and colors from the natural world -- the slate gray of our Puget Sound skies; the myriad blues/teals/bronze of our harbors at sunset; the light-play through windswept trees at the coastline; the glacial geology of snow-covered volcanoes; the deep night sky – big beautiful blue-black skies – filled with points of light for the millennia. One could spend a long life trying to communicate such inspirations without ever succeeding. And, yet, the need to try is compelling.
Currently, I am most interested in exploring the many ways one might create depth and movement in a composition -- images that invite the viewer to move through painted layers; to take a journey of discovery; inevitably to experience both motion and emotion. I will try and fail a number of times on the way to making something worth offering in a gallery. But the times that I manage to create a glimpse and, with humility, touch a soul? Well, the need to try is compelling.
Linda Foster resides in Gig Harbor, Washington, where she maintains her studio and fuels her passion for the visual arts. She is represented in West Seattle by Fogue Gallery. Her work appears in private and commercial collections in cities along the West Coast and in the Midwest. Her paintings also have been exhibited at international art fairs in Italy and Switzerland by Context Art Gallery of Venice, Italy.