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Linda SuttonLinda Darsow Sutton   AFC, SAA, NWS, WW, MCWA Linda Sutton
Transparent Watercolors, Wildlife, Landscape & Plein air
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Linda darsow Sutton AFC,SAA,NWS,MCWA,WW www.ldsutton.com FINE ARTIST
Living in the California hills adjacent to protected open space, wildlife subjects and the complementing light of their environments, provides limitless inspiration for this native Californian. Seeking the unique delicate interactions of inhabitants within their environments. Brought up to see color optically, transparent watercolor most generously represents the effects of light, however playing the contrast between opaque and transparent in oils does also. Resulting in often cavorting atmospheric expression with wildlife. Signature memberships include AFC - Artists for Conservation Foundation, SAA - Society of Animal Artists, NWS - National Watercolor Soc., MCWA - California Watercolor Assoc.(MASTER) & WW-Watercolor West and very proud to be accepted as a Founding Master Artist member of the Bennington Center for the Arts Collective. Notable more recent events:

Artists for Conservation Festival and annual Exhibit at Grouse MT Vancouver, BC 2011,12,13,14&16
Haggin Museum 59th Annual Juried Show 2016 Stockton, CA (Brian Blood)
“Animalia” Loveland Museum, Loveland CO
“Wild Life” Solo show of 31 pieces. Lindsay Wildlife Museum April –May 2015
“Art & the Animal” SAA 55th Annual Exhibition 2015 @,Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown,NY,
“Point Lobos and Beyond” Carmel Visual Arts, Carmel, CA 2015, (David C.Gallup)
Laumeister Fine Art Competition BenningtonCenter for theArts, Bennington,VT. 2016,14,(M.Boedges)(B.Blood) “Art of the Animal Kingdom” X, XII, XIII, XV ,XVIII,XIX, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington,VT
(Dan Smith, Lany, Sir John Seery-Lester, Morton Solberg, Carel Pieter Brest Van-Kempen, Rosetta)
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston,Texas, with AFC to support the zoo’s Save the Elephants campaign
The Santa Cruz Art League's Annual, Contemporary Landscape Painters 81st & 83rd
83rd “In a Golden State”- HM(DavidLeffel), 81st "Earth Portraits"- HM(Scott Shields, Crocker Museum, Sacto.,CA) “Big Cat Quick-Draw”&”Raptor QD” The Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Carmel Art Festival, 2014, & 2008(Mayors Choice Award)
Los Gatos Plein Aire 2012, 13 & 14
Watercolor West 44th annual 2012, Brea, CA jurors award
“World of Watercolor” 2nd Annual Signature Watercolor Exhibition 2011(PC 1st award) Fallbrook Art Center,CA
“10th annual Valona Paintout” 2011 Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA (2nd award Julie Armistead, Hearst Museum, Moraga CA)
“Small Works Big Impressions” 2009 The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker CO
"The Art of Conservation” 2008 & 09,(Editor’s Choice) AFC at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ,
“THE ART OF SEEING”: Nature Revealed Through Illustration” at The Oakland Museum CA 2006
“Wildlife in it’s Best Light” solo exhibition 2006, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek CA
Society of Animal Artists 48th annual exhibition, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
“Five Watercolorists” 2010 , Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
“En Plein Air: Alameda & Beyond”2007,09,10 HM(PatronsChoice)&HM(Gil Dellinger),2011HM(Seamus Berkeley)
Triton Museum Biannual Watercolor Competition, Santa Clara,CA ’96(G.Brommer)’02(PatriciaHansen),’07(J.Hoffsteader)
“Side by Side” Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art PA, (Nita Engle)
Featured Artist at “Reflections of Nature” ‘04 in Fallbrook CA
Publications: the covers of Wildscape Magazine (UK) Dec. 2009 & Wildlife Art Magazine, Nov/Dec’02, “The Watercolor Page” American Artist Magazine May ‘96, Equus ‘95 and Splash 7 Northlight Books. The city of Concord sent 2 paintings as gifts to Mayor Ito of their sister city of Kitikami Japan.
An award winning “Plein aire” painter, painting on location is habit. Transparent Watercolor was initially learned outside on location. “Being there” instigates adventurous diversity, and often opportunities to collect exciting new reference. In December of '08 a trip to three locations in Kenya allowed exploration of new light, animals and environments. Weekly life drawing provides continued growth of classic and creative drawing skills, relating to the animal forms, where accurate representation is a valid expectation. Using traditional Art Elements, designing with Significant Contrasts, atmosphere can be created. Manipulating relationships between abstraction and realism engages the imagination into capturing the essence of a place, or subject, now more personal to the viewer. Imaginations are enticed with just enough realism to draw them into, then send beyond, the two dimensional surface.
Currently instructing adult classes and workshops in Transparent Color Theory, handling the wet in wet medium as brave color relationships. After ten years at Walnut Creek Civic Arts, developing and instructing lessons in art principals for adults and Jr. & Sr. High School students. Also at Vicenté Martinez High School as an Art Consultant/Instructor from 2006-2008 to infuse art into their alternative program.

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:
  • 2009 - Artists for Conservation Annual Exhibition
    -Wildscape Award Editor’s Choice Commended
  • 2008 - 2008 Carmel Art Festival,
    Mayors Choice Award
  • 2008 - Calif. Watercolor Assoc.Signature Member Show 2008
    -First Place Award
  • 2006 - !0th annual Sandhill Crane festival, Lodi,CA
    Best of Show & 3rd Place
  • 2006 - "Wildlife in Their Best Light" Lindsay Wildlife Museum
    One Woman Show of 26 Transparent Watercolors
  • 2006 - THE ART OF SEEING: Nature Revealed Through Illustration
    California Wildlife Exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California
  • 2005 - Art of the Animal Kingdom X
    Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
  • 2005 - National Watercolor Soc. All Member Show

  • 2004 - “Reflections of Nature” Featured Artist
    at The Art & Cultural Center of Fallbrook CA
  • 2002 -  “Side by Side” PWCS/NWS
    at The Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art; Collegeville, PA
  • 2002 - ”Watercolor”
    Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
  • 1999 -  “The Natural World Observed”
    Bedford Museum, Walnut Creek CA
  • 1996 - “Horses Between Jobs” One- Man-Show
    The Weaver’s Gallery, Twin Bridges MT

  • Pacific Wildlife Galleries, Lafayette, CA
    “Wildlife in Miniature” 2003
    “Big Cats of the World” 2001
    “Wolves” 1999,’97

  • 2004 - Kitakami City
    Purchased as a gift by their sister city Concord California
  • 2004 - Mayor Ito

  • 2003 - The Natural World Museum

  • Redlands Community Hospital

  • Pandik Press

  • Wildscape Magazine (2010)
    More about Wildscape Magazine
    As one of the Award winners of Artists for Conservation 2009 - vol.9 No.4 UK cover image
    Author: Ken Stroud
    Published by: Darwin Publishing
  • “Lasting Impressions” (2009)
    Interviewed as a member of The Society of Animal Artist - 
    Published by: Western Art Collector mag.
  • Wildlife Art Magazine - "Impressionism or Realism" (2003)
    profiled artist - Combining the two concepts to create a personal reality for the viewer
    Author: Kristine Ellis, Tyra N. Wahman & Mary Nelson
    Published by: Robert Koenke
  • Wildlife art Magazine - "Nov/Dec Cover" (2002)
    Published by: Robert J. Koenke
  • Splash 7 (2002)
    "Prismatic Complements Show Iridescence" - Painting and description
    Author: Rachel Rubin Wolf
    Published by: North Light Books
  • American Artist Magazine (1996)
    "Working With Visual Relationships" - Featured artist on The Watercolor Page
    Author: Stanly Marcus
    Published by: M. Stephen Doherty
  • Equus Magazine (1994)
    Image for "Leading the Blind" - 
    Author: Laura Hillenbrand
    Published by: Ami Shinitsky
  • California Horse Review (1977)
    Images - "The Art of Linda Darsow"
    Author: Heather Keeny
    Published by: Russ Heggen
Organization Membership:
  • 2008 - Society of Animal artists

  • 2005 - AFC Artists for Conservation

  • 1999 - NWS - National Watercolor Society

  • 1999 - WW - Watercolor West

  • 1996 - CWA - California Watercolor Association



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