Linda is a native Texan who grew up in Victoria and now lives in Lakeway, west of Austin. Several of her paintings of the Lakeway area are featured in the wonderful book by Lew Carlson, “Lakeway: Hill Country Community”, a history of the area. A love of nature’s beauty is what inspires her. The subtle colors & light of winter or the vibrant screaming reds of Autumn are a thrill to her as are the animals and birds she encounters. She enjoys painting in Plein Air which allows her to get a better sense of atmosphere than working only from photos. Although versatile and skilled in most media, she is most comfortable with oils and pastels. Wells spent almost 25 years as an art director /graphic illustrator, nine of those at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., she only strayed from Texas for three years while in the Marine Corps.
"What can I say! I’m a realist. I like living in the real world and to paint my impressions of it. Nature is real and is a big part of what inspires me. But I’m not a realist who needs to paint every hair on a cat or every rock in the stream. Bigger is better as we say in Texas and I enjoy painting big in oils and expansive scenes or animals in pastel. I was always fascinated by the impressive paintings of the American West by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and Frederic Remington. Then later by the French Impressionists. I have studied with several of todays most noted artists."