May 18 - 19 , Site: 562
10601 East Estates Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014
ARTIST'S STATEMENT and BIOGRAPHY
Linda L. Curtis
I was born in Pottsville, PA and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now known as the University of the Arts) in 1968. I moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco n 1972 and have remained in the Bay Area to the present. Currently I live in Boulder Creek, CA in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is my retirement home and I’m surrounded by redwoods and amazing views.
In order to support myself and my family, I worked full time for the past 30 years retiring from the County of Santa Clara 5 years ago. My husband, Marek Zelazkiewicz, and I have been together 10 years. Between us we have 4 adult children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Since retirement, I have been teaching watercolor on cruise ships which has broadened my knowledge and enthusiasm for both teaching and painting.
It may seem cliché, but the older I become, the faster time seems to pass. My work is an attempt to encapsulate moments that will never be repeated in exactly the same way. My background is as an acrylic painter which was my chosen medium in art school. About 10 years ago I discovered watercolor, and without taking a class, I joyfully began experimenting. Water-media are my focus, since I believe I can capture the transitory nature of my subjects by using techniques which are available to me primarily in these media. Glazing is a technique I use frequently in order to give vibrancy and glow to my subjects. I enjoy hard edge in juxtaposition to areas of “wet on wet”. I believe my fascination with color intensity is a counterbalance to being raised in the gray “coal region” of Pennsylvania. The act of painting is meditative for me, and often results in a painting which engenders a peaceful feeling in others. That feeling is my intent.