Linda Tippetts


“Paint the adjective not the noun – reach for the cold instead of the snow, the shocking red instead of the poppies or the majesty instead of the mountain…”

Linda Tippetts feels plein air painting is the most honest approach to art. “It’s pure dialogue between the artist and the subject,” she says. “The Rocky Mountain Front where I was born and raised embraces the essence of this philosophy. I seek to continue this dialogue and expand its scope.” These paintings of the Canadian Rockies indicate her interest in the light and drama of mountain landscapes beyond her Montana home.  She has spent several seasons ‘north’.

When Tippetts talks about her painting style, she uses terms like impressionist and representational, but feels the underlying strength has to come from an abstract design. “Abstraction to me is design. I like the feeling when I look at a painting, I don’t want to see the labor that went into it. I want it to be fresh and honest and immediate.” She feels that painting on location provides that immediacy, as you have to paint quickly. “I minimized most elements…and concentrated on the light.”

Linda Tippetts is an award winning artist and native Montanan, who grew up working beside her father on their ranch where she formed an intuitive relationship with the land. She is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America and is perhaps one of the best-known artists of Glacier National Park. Among many awards highlighting her twenty-five year career is the 1992 National Arts for the Parks Academy Grand Prize for her painting, East Slope Tunnel On Going-to-the-Sun.

Selected Exhibitions:
2015, A Timeless Legacy – Women Artists of Glacier National Park, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Montana
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, Plein-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