July 11, 2008 - Blairsville, Georgia artist Linda Denison at Virginia Highlands
Blairsville, Georgia artist Linda Denison recently participated in Atlanta 's Virginia Highlands 25th Summerfest and won an "Award of Merit" for her paintings. The 2008 Summerfest featured the work of over 200 juried folk artists, fine artists, and craftsmen from all over the Southeast.
Linda has collected numerous awards - so many that she has lost count! She is featured in private and corporate collections, as well as galleries throughout the United States and Europe . Among her many patrons are art enthusiasts and collectors.
Ms. Denison works with various mediums including acrylics, pastels, clay, handmade fiber papers, and found objects. Besides painting on canvas, she also does mosaics, murals, pottery, and decorative painting.
Denison sold her first painting at age 12 and has been at it ever since. Linda also worked as an interior designer for House Beautiful for twelve years before starting her own business. She works closely with clients and interior designers doing murals, faux finishes, custom paintings on commission, and model homes for designers. Linda's creations often include florals, whimsical animals, tropical themes, Asian influences, and contemporary abstracts. She is versatile and prolific, producing many new works-of-art each year. She says, "Design, color, and texture have always been a big part of who I am."
As a native of Florida , Linda is well-known in the Sunshine State , both for her collages and "Women of Distinction" series (portraits of real women doing real things). Linda has called Blairsville home for 10 years. She says, "I love it here in the North Georgia Mountains . The natural beauty of the area combined with my spiritual relationship with God has been very inspirational. I think I have done some of my best work here in Blairsville." Those who judge her work apparently think so too.
Linda is heavily into the art festival scene, participating in a dozen or more shows a year. She is now offering classes in mixed media painting and mosaics. With her flair for teaching and her energetic personality, classes are productive and fun. She adds, "Students work at their own pace and leave with their very own masterpiece." Commissions and design consultations are welcome.