Linda Besse – Shore Leave – , 30 x 24

SKU: OPA-13 Category:


Dimensions 30 x 24 in

Purchase this piece

Like most wildlife artists, Linda was enchanted with animals at an early age. It was vivid childhood
memories of her great-uncle and his African hunting stories which gave her an immediate sense of the
adventure one experiences when exploring wild animals and places. Linda was drawn to the outdoors through
her geology bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, followed with a Master of Science degree which
enabled her to get into the back country of Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.
Linda works from her field sketches, small field paintings and her photographs to create a composition
designed to reflect the inherent artistry of nature. Painting exclusively in oil because she likes its luminosity,
depth, and intensity of color, Linda uses a mostly wet-on-wet technique to capture the immediacy of the image.
She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Linda lives in the
country surrounded by deer, wild turkey, grouse, quail, coyote, and the occasional moose, bear, and mountain
To gather reference for her paintings, Linda has traveled to every U.S. state, 35 countries, and all seven
continents. Three extended visits to Africa included a 70 km canoe trip on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.
Linda has traversed remote tundra in Labrador researching the caribou migration, been dropped off by float
plane to salmon-filled streams to watch grizzlybears in Alaska, paddled 459 miles above the Arctic Circle the
length of the Noatak River, and snorkeled with wild beluga whales in Hudson Bay.
Her exhibitions and shows have included:
Safari Club International Foundation 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year
Safari Club International, Reno, and Las Vegas, 1999-2017
2017 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Featured Artist
Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2001-2006, 2008, 2010, 2013-2014, 2016
Birds in Art 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005-2007, 2010-2012 National Tour
C.M. Russell Museum Auction, 2015, 2017
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017
The Artist Magazine Competition, 3rd Place Wildlife/Animal, 2016, Honorable Mention 2017
Art and the Animal VIII, IX, XIV, XVII, Bennington Center for the Arts, VT
Impressions of New England, Bennington Center for the Arts, VT, 2013
Endangered Species – Flora and Fauna, Dept of the Interior, Washington, DC, 2008-2009
Art Renewal Center Salon Finalist, 2016
Richeson 75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife Finalist, 2016
American Woman Artists National Show, 2009
NatureWorks, Tulsa, OK, 2002-2017;
Best in Show – 2D, Natureworks 2014
Award of Excellence, Natureworks, 2009
Best In Show, Natureworks 2007
Best In Show – Miniature , Natureworks 2005
Alberta (Canada) Conservation Stamp 2005
Waterfowl Festival, Easton, Maryland, 2003-2012
Society of Animal Artists 44th, 46th, 48th – 52nd Annual Exhibition
Society of Animal Artists Annual Tour 2004-2006, 2009-2010, 2012-2013
Ethology Award 2010, 50th SAA Annual Exhibition
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation shortlist for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011
International Guild of Realism Annual Exhibition 2011 – 2016
International Guild of Realism Winter Salon 2017
International Guild of Realism Masterworks Museum Tour 2015- 2016
Paint the Parks Full-size Award Winner
Nancy McLaughlin Award, Spokane Valley Arts Council, 2014