Biography of Linda Minkowski


     I've been creating visual art my entire life... sometime around the age of 3 or 4 my mother wanted to get me out of her hair, so to amuse me she gave me a bar of Ivory soap and some old clay sculpting tools, a picture book of animals and an admonition to keep the soap out of my mouth. An hour later, there was my rendition of a horse's head neatly carved out of the soap. From that time on, I kept the soap, the paint, the charcoal or what have you, out of my mouth and on the paper! I loved the process of creating, working with my hands and mind to make something folks thought was special. It's still my greatest joy.After my experience with the soap, I moved on to formal lessons, and then on to Arts High School (Newark, NJ), the first high school in the country dedicated to the visual and performing arts. After high school, I continued my art education and graduated from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). I work in oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolor and gravitate toward colorful, expressive realism. During my painting process, much time is spent working on the color scheme for each painting. The composition of the work and its pattern of light and dark is another important set of decisions I must make. The early stages of a painting--the thinking and sketching part--may take hours, days or months, but when brush is finally applied to the surface, the process goes quickly, almost magically.

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