Linda Tippetts believes that artists must communicate by opening an awareness in the viewer that has long been buried. To do so, she considers that it is important to do your job so well that viewers are jolted into understanding. That jolt can be subtle or powerful, immediate or time-delayed, soft or hard, but in each case it must be unnerving enough for the viewer to respond personally and not programmatically. To accomplish this goal, Linda constantly 'scapes the barnacles off her hide and exposes herself through her work'. That entails enjoying the process so much that she overcomes the subject and paints its essence: the cold instead of the snow, the shocking red instead of the poppies, the calm instead of the water. The 'why' of painting is what Linda strives for, and the 'why' is the subconscious element that gives her the most delight. Fully integrating methods and techniques, along with skills such as drawing, composition and color is what she reaches for with each painting.
Selected Exhibitions: 1987-2012 San Jose Museum Plein Air Festival; Haggin Museum (CA); Tucson Museum; Desert Caballeros Museum, Cowgirl Up! (AZ); CM Russell Museum, Hockaday Museum, Holter Museum, Northwest Rendezvous Artists (guest) (MT); Plein Air Painters of America Catalina Island: CA, NV, VT, MD, CT, AZ; American Women Artists: Sorrento Italy, Tucson, and Santa Fe.
Selected Collections: National Arts for the Parks, Washington DC; CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; Tucson Art Museum, AZ; McGraw Hill Publications, New York; private collections across the United States.
Affiliations: Signature Member, Plain-Air Painters of America (PAPA); Emeritus Status, American Women Artists (AWA).
Honors and Awards
2002-3 Tucson Desert Museum, Honorable Mention; Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Collectors Award
1994 Penquin USA Book Cover for Montana author Ivan Doig
1993 National Arts for the Parks Academy Grand Prize ($50,000)
1990-92 Landscape Medallion of Merit and Top 100, National Arts for the Parks
1991 Great Chief Award, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
1987 Best Oil Painting, Scottsdale Artists School
1984-5 Best of Show, Colorado artists Association;
Award of Merit, Evergreen Artists Association