Artist of the Month
Artist Linda Coulter is a pastel painter and has been a member of the Tennessee Artists Association for about six months. Originally from East Orange, NJ, she relocated to Crossville, TN about one and a half years ago. Linda moved to be closer to her grandchildren after her daughter got a job in Chickamauga, close to Chattanooga.
Linda has always drawn, whether it was with pen, pencil, or charcoal, and explained, “I just like holding something in my hands.” She has focused her passion on pastels for more than twenty years. However, she still sketches in pencil and does underwashes, or underpaintings, in watercolor, alcohol ink, or pastels and water.
Although Linda admits she is probably best at still lifes, she really loves on-location painting of landscapes. In fact, for the last two years she has been one of thirty artists selected by the Knox Museum of Art for a week-long fundraising event where her work created through Plein Air painting in Knoxville is hung and sold at the museum.
Linda believes workshops are a great way to travel and be with people who share her love of pastels. She tries to take a least one a year with a master pastelist where she travels to watch a demo, paint, and then receive critique. Her very first Plein Air workshop was about fourteen years ago by Richard McKinley – who Linda describes as one of the nicest guys alive and a very generous teacher. He told her she was like a teenager trying to grow up tomorrow and assured her art is a journey, to enjoy it. She’s taken at least six workshops from him.
One of Linda’s goals is to be recognized as a master pastelist herself. Recently, she attended a biennial convention in Albuquerque, NM called the International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition. Being juried into this show for the second time is another step in reaching master status.
Linda is also an associate member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of Appalachian Pastel Society in North Carolina. She has taught inside and outside of these societies but is currently taking a break from teaching to focus more time on her artwork.
Her work can be found in two New Jersey galleries, Picture Perfect Gallery and Forked River Framing and Art Gallery. Linda explained the difficulty in finding a fine art gallery close to home, especially since pastels are framed under glass which means higher shipping costs. However, she has been doing a number of commissions and you can also check out her work at: www.lindacoulter.net