Hello! My name is Linda Young and I’m from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA. My love of drawing and painting began in kindergarten; but it was not until decades later, in 2004, that I began painting with watercolors after a trying period in my life going through a divorce.
I was feeling low about myself at that time and was looking through a magazine where I saw a watercolor class titled “Free Spirit Watercolor” and thought—well, if anybody’s spirit needed freed; it was mine! I signed up and I’ve been painting ever since.
One of my first awards was a watercolor portrait painting I did of my mother reading her Bible. It was a full 22 x 30” sheet.
I’ve continued my watercolor journey through workshops with internationally known watercolor masters like Sterling Edwards, Janet Rogers, Ian Stewart, Marjorie Glick, Paul Jackson, Jane Angelhart, Jean Uhl Spicer, Judi Betts and others. Experiencing and learning from those artists allows me to pick up techniques that work for me to carry into my own paintings.
I don’t think I have a certain style because I paint different subjects that interest me. I love painting landscapes, still life, portraits and seascapes and just about anything that has the possibility for a lot of color to be put into a painting.
I teach watercolor classes at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center and private lessons in my home studio. Teaching improves my own painting ability and skill; the students’ questions keep me on my toes! I’ve recently volunteered to teach a painting class at the Messiah Adult Day Care Center in Carlisle; which was quite rewarding for me.
You see, they are all senior citizens and some have a form of dementia, or have a learning disability, or just the need to get out to be with other senior citizens for several hours. Art really is therapeutic, and I could see the joy as they signed their little paintings and had them displayed on the wall for all to see.
My favorite paints are Daniel Smith Watercolors which I keep on a John Pike palette and Maimeri Blu paints on a Sterling Edwards palette. I usually paint on 140# Fabriano Artistico cold pressed paper but on vacations, you’d find me painting in my sketchbook. I use a small folding palette for painting plein air and doing sketchbook studies. My favorite brushes are the Loew Cornell 7020 and Sterling Edwards brushes.
I have earned signature status from the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. I have been the workshop coordinator for the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society for three years.
My Creator has given me the gift of painting and teaching it by passing it forward to beginner watercolorists.
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