Corina Linden

Sunflowers in Earthenware by Corina Linden

11 x14 inches, oil

“Peace and beauty are often found in the small things, especially during difficult times. I approach my still-life work with that sense of mindfulness and wonder. My landscape work focuses on the places where we find joy, peace, and strength. I work en plein air as often as possible to refresh this vision and to connect with the community that loves and shares these spaces. I am interested in the places where we find meaning, strength, peace, and joy. When I was growing up, I always found the greatest peace down wild desert trails, among the brush and boulders and wide, distant vistas. Now at home in the Pacific Northwest, it is the waterfronts, forest trails, and urban parks. Sometimes it is the solitude and expanse that restore us, and sometimes it is the beauty we find in the community around us. The pathway beneath the Montlake Bridge is one of my favorite places to paint. Every time I paint that bridge, I meet a new person, learn a new story about this beautiful place: the daily dog walk that helps a neighbor clear her mind; the favorite Saturday morning run that marks the beginning of the weekend; the couple who used to picnic there when they were first dating; the championship collegiate rower who used to race there, and his girlfriend who watched him, long before they had become grandparents together. Each story is another filament that connects us through these shared spaces. One of the my greatest joys in painting en plein air is the stranger who approaches my easel and the story they tell me about the meaning and beauty this place holds for them. For me, art is about beauty and truth, and is it also about connection, a feeling or thought conveyed directly from one mind to another. Like reading a great poem from another age, or greeting an old friend, viewing a piece of art can give us the joy of recognition and shared meaning. These experiences restore us. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a number of extremely talented, kind, and generous artists. Mitch Albala and Valerie Collymore taught me everything I know about landscape and composition; Juliette Aristides, Kathleen McKeehen, and Terry Furchgott taught me not just to look, but to see; and my very first art teacher, Pat Dolan, showed me, at 15, that art can be an oasis.”

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