Linda’s Artist Statement

Linda’s subjects usually have four legs, a variety of ears, noses and tails.  Sometimes, they may be found creeping thru a desert wash, peering at you from behind a mesquite tree or simply found in some one’s back yard.  In her work, Linda Budge will capture their look, their attitude and their expression.

Her traditional style of painting is perfectly matched to her love of animals.  Their portraits are created in oil, a medium Linda has chosen because of its richness in color and texture.

Drawing upon her training as a classical artist, Linda Budge captures their attitude and expression with brushwork that is both accurate and painterly.  She is not photo realistic, but rather depends upon the flow of light and expression to convey her passion for animal portraiture.

She says, “Now living in Cave Creek, Az., I am entranced with the imagery of the Sonoran Desert with it’s complexity of shape, variety in texture and kaleidoscope of color.”

Linda offers a unique look into the world of animal artistry.  Each piece is a collaboration of her vast knowledge and background of animals coupled with her classic traditional style of painting that is both unique and original.

Artist Bio

Throughout the years, Linda’s brushwork has flowed across oil paintings, designs for cards and limited edition prints, portraying those moments and glimpses of wildlife on mountain, prairie and the desert that are usually reserved for  people after a chilly night in a sleeping bag.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Linda won a poster contest at the age of 12, and her determination to become an “artist” was set at an early age.  Linda and her husband John have lived in many places across the western United States, each place providing those rich experiences that have given Linda the background to paint animals with accuracy and emotion.

Her paintings are done in the classical style, painterly, full of light and expression.

This award winning artist has a painting in the private sector of the Reagan National Library, placed there by the President himself.  She was invited to do the first conservation stamp for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, commissioned to do a painting for the 50th Anniversary for the Guide Dog Foundation , and asked to do an image for a series of limited edition prints for Ducks Unlimited.  Her paintings have been on numerous magazine covers; The Wyoming Wildlife magazine, Elk Foundation, Images, The Clumber Spaniel Club of America, The Golden Retriever Review, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association among many others.  She has created collector plates for Hamilton, greeting cards for Leaning Tree and limited edition prints for Ducks, Ultd.  Linda was asked to design a poster for the Labrador Club of America.  She was artist of the year for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited.  Linda is in several permanent collections of libraries, museums and corporate collections.