“Painting has been a part of my life since the age of 13, with both of my parents and grandmother being amateur artists, painting was a natural part of growing up. I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t using a paint brush or creating. Now, many years later, it has such a different meaning for me. It may be my life’s career, but I see it as an opportunity to plant seeds for the Lord. I completely look to Him for the creative power that lives in me to help develop each piece. I trust and believe that it will evoke emotions in particular viewers that will witness to them of his greatness.”
A Westerner her whole life, Linda Glover Gooch grew up in the warmth of the Southwest. Spending time as a child playing in the orchard groves, washes and arroyos of Southern California is where Linda developed a love of the desert and canyons. Linda embraces the vast canyons that stretch across the West.
Studying and working on location throughout the Canyons of the west has been her pursuit for the last 10 years. Multiple trips and many hours on location bring new inspiration as each day reveals different light and weather conditions. Intrigued by the monumental size of the Canyons, the variety of colors, values and texture creates a challenge to the Plein air painter. The grandeur and ever-changing moods of the western Canyons are a constant source of inspiration and an important part of her continued growth as an artist. Dramatic light and cathedral structures draw her to this subject with its strength and never-ending beauty. Working on location rejuvenates her, giving her the needed fuel to work indoors, bringing life into larger studio pieces. Being able to share this with collectors and viewers is truly a blessing and such a privilege.
Linda’s work has been featured in Art of the West and Southwest Art magazines. She continues to share her gift and enthusiasm by teaching workshops across the country. She currently resides in Mesa, Arizona with her Husband Joe.
Awards and Publications
Grand Canyon Seven 2nd Annual Exhibit, Mountain Trails Gallery, Sedona Arizona
Best of Plein Air, Plein Air Magazine. Zion National Park, In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran, Plein Air Invitational and Exhibit.
Grand Canyon Seven Premier Exhibit, Scottsdale Arizona.
Oil Painters of America, National Exhibitions of Traditional Oils, Participation in Ten National Shows
Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona
Judges Recognition Award for best body of work. Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Grand Canyon Arizona
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up, The Other Side of Western Art, Seven years invitational, Wickenburg, Arizona
Best Quick Draw, awarded by Southwest Art Magazine.
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Crested Butte, Colorado
Merit Awards. Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Winter Park, Colorado
Award of Merit and Artist Choice Award. Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Estes Park Colorado
Award of Merit. J Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Peoples Choice Award. American Woman Artist Membership show, Texas Art Gallery, Dallas,
Art of the West Magazine featured article. “The Journey Continues.”
Southwest Art Magazine featured article. “In the Moment”
Upcoming publication: Art of the National Parks, Historic connections ~ Contemporary Interpretations. Scheduled for publication 2013. A Showcase of America’s finest artist who paint from within the country’s National Parks. Fresco fine art publications in conjunction with Jean Stern, Irvine Museum, California.
Oil Painters of America, Signature Member
American Women Artist, Master Signature Member
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Signature Member
Grand Canyon 7