Pearl on Basic Black, Painting of an Andalusian horse by artist Linda Cruz
Tracks in the Snow, Painting of a coyote in snow at Yellowstone National Park by artist Linda Cruz
Moccasin Still Life, Acrylic still life painting with beaded moccasins, carved turquoise buffalo fetish, native American pottery and chile peppers, by artist Linda Cruz
Moving Day, Painting of a cougar carrying her cub by artist Linda Cruz
Seeing Red, Oil painting of a buffalo with red background by artist Linda Cruz
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome wildlife and animal artist Linda Cruz of White City to the artist directories at www.soartists.com! Cruz is a fine artist working primarily in acrylic, oil and graphite. She has also created sculptures, pen and ink drawings, pastels and some watercolors. She has been drawing since before kindergarten and first considered herself an artist when in grade school after receiving many encouraging comments on her work. She is one of those rare students who, after drawing borders around the surface of her desk in elementary school, would return the next day to find that the janitor had left them instead of cleaning them off.
In addition to some art classes in college, Linda pursued her education in art through workshops with Simon Combes, John Banovich, Terry Isaac, Daniel Smith, Paco Young, and Matthew Hillier. She fell in love with horses as a young girl and has spent hours drawing them nearly every day since early childhood, so one could also consider horses to have been her teachers, as well as the original inspiration for her to become an artist.
Linda finds inspiration in the beauty she sees around her every day—in the ordinary things that surround us all, the textures of mundane surfaces, the angle and pattern of light, and unusual shapes that catch her eye. Animals of every description from amoebas to elephants, and everything in between, are also primary inspirations and primary subjects of her work, which ranges from portraits of domestic animals to plein air paintings of wildlife and even insects in their natural surroundings.
Linda has painted in Wyoming and Montana, eastern Oregon, and mountain areas throughout the West, capturing many wild animals in their natural surroundings in western National Parks. She has yet to paint an ocean scene, but with a deep love of the ocean, that’s on her bucket list.
Her love for animals has instilled in Cruz a heartfelt concern for threatened and endangered species, and she plans to paint more of these in the future. Also on her bucket list is to carve and paint a full sized carousel horse.
Linda is a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and Wind River Valley Artists Guild in Wyoming, and was past President of the Josephine County Artists Association. She just spiffed up her online presence to get ready for listing at SOAR – Find contact information and links to online galleries and social media in Linda’s new listing at www.soartists.com!
Two of my paintings (Sweet Cheeks and Blue Bunny) are part of the BUNNYMANIA fundraising art show curated by celebrated Los Angeles art critic, Peter Frank, and exhibit producer, Delia Cabral. The show opens tonight at 6PM at Chungking Studio, 975 Chung King Road, Los Angeles (China Town Area) and remains at that location over the weekend. On April 4th, the show opens again at Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles (Arts District), and remains at that location through April 18th.
This show raises awareness about our relationship to rabbits, both the animals, and what they’ve come to symbolize in our human experience. Inspiration for this show stems from the pure awesomeness of bunnies, but also from the curators’ shared penchant for rabbit-themed art, and their exchanges of all things ‘bun over many years. Proceeds from Bunnymania benefit the National Museum of Animals & Society.
This 501(c)(3) non-profit museum is the first of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals & people by exploring our shared experience. The musem focuses on animal studies (where people and animals intersect in culture), the history of animal protection, and humane education in their collection, exhibitions, public programming, and educational efforts.
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Painting of a coyote in snow at Yellowstone National Park by artist Linda Cruz
Painting of a bull moose in Jackson, Wyoming by artist Linda Cruz.
Painting of a cowboy on horseback with a border collie herding cattle in Lakeview, Oregon by artist Linda Cruz
Painting of an Andalusian horse by artist Linda Cruz
Plein air painting of a mute swan swimming on Klamath Lake by artist Linda Cruz
As we welcome in the new year, I want to express thanks to my supporters, collectors, family and friends for a wonderful 2014! Over $2,000 was donated to Equamore Horse Sanctuary http://www.equamore.org, Friends of the Animal Shelter http://www.fotas.org, and Sanctuary One http://www.sanctuaryone.org, based on art sales. An additional $3,300 in artwork was donated to non-profit groups across the country to assist with fundraising efforts. A complete list of those organizations will be added to my website in the coming weeks.
In 2015, my work will continue to be available at Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland, and through my online store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DanaFeagin. In August, I am the featured artist at Art & Soul Gallery with a new show, “The Funny Farm”, which opens on First Friday, August 7th, and in October, I am once again participating in the Ashland Open Studio Tour. If you didn’t get a chance to visit my home studio last year, and you are in the area October 10th &11th, I’d love to see you!
Wishing you a happy and fun-filled 2015!
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Crater Lake, original oil painting by Stefan Baumann
Art du Jour Gallery will host nationally known artist Stefan Baumann and Medford’s talented group, The Grand View Artists, in a holiday art show from Tuesday, December 2, through Friday, January 30. The gallery will hold Third Friday Artists’ Receptions on Dec. 19th and January 17th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend these events. Art du Jour Gallery, at 213 E. Main in Medford, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays).
A selection of oil paintings from Baumann’s 35 years as an artist will feature beautiful vistas, dramatic paintings of wildlife in their natural habitats, spectacular views of National Parks, and rustic architecture painted on location and in Baumann’s studio near Mount Shasta, CA. Baumann reveals the true spirit of nature on his canvases by transporting the viewer to lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. As he says, “I let the paintings speak for themselves—they are elegant and mysterious, exciting and bold. I try to capture a feeling, a sense of place, and the magic of light in all of my paintings.”
Baumann is a gifted award-winning artist and art instructor who offers oil painting classes in Medford. He also has a PBS painting show called “The Grand View” that can be seen locally on public television.
The work of sixteen members of The Grand View Artists will be displayed in the Salon. Their works will encompass subject matter for every discerning collector, including local landscapes, still life, portraiture and animal art.
Art du Jour Gallery will also display the artwork of its twenty members. A holiday gift selection will include pottery, jewelry, scarves, cards, and small paintings.
For additional information call (541) 770-3190.
The completed paintings of Pookie, Zeus and Zena are soon to be headed down to California! They are part of the “Limitless Love” project, which is now a 501(C)(3) – for a traveling museum show featuring artwork of Pookie, Zeus and Zena. Admission fees to the show will be donated to an animal charity. These sweet dogs are being memorialized in a wide variety of art forms and styles by over 100 artists in the US and Europe – paintings, drawings, Legos, animation, etc. My commission was to capture Pookie, Zeus, and Zena’s expressions, in a collection of whimsical 10 x 10 inch portraits. Some of the photos I was working with were quite blurry, and the coloring in each dog changed quite a bit as the dogs aged. That made this a much bigger challenge than I anticipated, as I needed to get the same level of detail across all of the paintings and the colors/age of the dogs looking consistent across the paintings for each dog – something to keep in mind for future projects!
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