Linda Stadtmiller has been interested in art since she was a teenager and lived in Europe with her parents. They spent many hours visiting many of the great museums located throughout Europe. She attended college in California where she received a degree in Art History with a double major in business along with taking many studio classes. After working, living overseas with her husband and raising a family she decided to go back to producing art.
Linda is currently president of Sequim Arts and organizes the Art Shows at the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim/Dungeness Valley. Besides being active in the local artist community she has exhibited in many local shows and venues.
My art is an expression of how I see the world sometimes with precision and other times with pure color. I paint not just what I see but how I feel about a subject. Photos are many times my starting point but seldom the ending. Someone once asked me why my painting did not look just like the photo I was painting from. My answer is the painting is how I feel about the subject not a copy of the photo.
I love to play with color. Whether it is in a landscape or an abstract, color is the most important aspect of my paintings. My art like my garden is a hodgepodge of color and shapes. I love color and revel in the way that nature blends color without the apparent need of theory or rules. I find great challenges in playing one color against another or seeing how many ways I can use the same color in a painting.
After years of painting in oils and acrylics I have begun to play with watercolors and mixed media. I am finding that I can let myself go and not worry about the subject of the artwork but concentrate on the design and colors. I find blending the real and the abstract fascinating. My practical self is no longer looking over my shoulder and saying “That doesn’t look like a tree to me.” If the design is good it no longer matters what inspiration I started with. The end product is what gives me pleasure and a sense of accomplishment whether it is a precise image, an abstract or something in between.