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Linda Cruz at Art du Jour Gallery in June

Moving Day, Painting of a cougar carrying her cub in her mouth by artist Linda Cruz

Moving Day, 36″ x 24″ Oil Painting by Linda Cruz

SOAR member Linda Cruz announces that her work will be exhibited for the first time in the Medford area at Art du Jour gallery! Meet the artist at Art du Jour’s Third Friday reception on Friday, July 17, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 PM and view her wildlife paintings, including “Moving Day” (pictured here) through the end of June. Follow the links to see Linda’s and Art du Jour’s listings at www.soartists.com for their website and social media links, location and contact information.

SOAR Welcome Animal and Wildlife 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!

Tracks In The Snow by Linda Cruz

Painting of a coyote in snow at Yellowstone National Park by artist Linda Cruz 

Bull Moose Jackson Wyoming by Linda Cruz

Painting of a bull moose in Jackson, Wyoming by artist Linda Cruz. 

Walking The Dogies by Linda Cruz

Painting of a cowboy on horseback with a border collie herding cattle in Lakeview, Oregon by artist Linda Cruz 

Pearl On Basic Black by Linda Cruz

Painting of an Andalusian horse by artist Linda Cruz 

Swan On Klamath Lake by Linda Cruz

Plein air painting of a mute swan swimming on Klamath Lake by artist Linda Cruz