I was just a little girl when I rode my bike to the Hogel Zoo to visit Alice. Alice was the local attraction then, a small asian elephant. She made the newspapers more than once with her emotional outbursts. Once refusing to eat when her trainer, “Dutch” Scheider was suspended, going on a 10 day hunger strike until he returned. Another time, she forced open her door, destroyed a drinking fountain and uprooted a Chinese Elm. In my eyes, she was not only beautiful, she was famous. I would eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich throwing her all the crusts thinking that one day I would own an elephant.
Well, I have never actually owned an elephant, but each painting that I create, whether its mule deer, the Mexican gray wolf, burros, quail, or rabbits; each animal or bird that I paint, becomes mine, until the painting is framed and given to someone else to enjoy.
I have spent countless hours in the “wild” doing plein air painting, observing and sketching wildlife. Each piece of the puzzle adding to my portfolio of knowledge and expertise in the world of animals and art. I want to know their expression, their attitude, how much space they occupy, what they eat, how the seasons change their mood. Right down to the smallest detail. Yes, I love animals and birds. And since I can’t commandeer Noah’s Ark, I can love them by painting their portraits. Leaving a legacy of their existence.
Linda Budge is a painter and an animal lover who combines her passions for art and living creatures to produce works that radiate empathy and painterly grace. Her extensive knowledge of animals and deep experience interacting with them, explains her uncanny ability to capture her subjects so accurately; and also helps to explain why her work carries such emotional power.
Linda’s chosen medium is oil paint and the animals that appear most in her pieces are dogs, burros and various birds; and the wildlife common to the western United States, like cottontail rabbits, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and the desert gray wolf. (Now based in central Arizona, she’s originally from Utah and lived in Wyoming and Colorado for a number of years.)
Inspired by her lifelong fascination with animals and immediate access to a swath of picturesque terrain–the kaleidoscopic Sonoran Desert, Linda is often in compositional mode, taking to the wild with her paints and palette and portable easel. ”I am always fascinated with how shapes, values, colors and edges can enhance, direct, and orchestrate my choices.
Linda’s ability to depict the nuances of animals so precisely is no accident. Her love of animals and intuitive relationship with them allows her to forge an emotional connection with her subjects, which comes across clearly in the painting. Also, she has a broad practical and academic experience with animals, including a stint handling show dogs professionally, some courses in anatomy, and wide exposure to the minutiae of animals in their natural habitat.
“I like to capture a gesture, an attitude, an expression, says Linda. My paintings should be a story told in each piece.”
Linda has won numerous awards for her work and pieces of hers can be found in the permanent collections of several libraries, museums, and corporations. One of her highest honors was a painting commissioned in 1983 by the State of Wyoming as a gift to President Reagan, with Linda herself presenting it to the President. The painting, of an antelope, hung for many years in the living room of the President’s California residence, and was then moved by the President himself, to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley where it remains to this day.
Linda Budge has spent a lifetime honing her skills as a painter and cultivating her love for animals. Every new picture and every interaction with another four-legged friend has enhanced her knowledge of these creatures and her ability to portray them; and has provided those fortunate enough to have seen her work a unique, even revelatory glimpse into the animal kingdom.
University of Utah
Utah State University
Wyoming State University
Workshops with nationally known artists
“The Wild West Art Show” at the Phippen Museum (Invitational)
Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show & Sale (invitational)
Old West Museum
Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour
Cave Creek, AZ.
“Art Show at a Dog Show” sponsored by the Sunflower Cluster Kennel Clubs, (juried)
Anthem Festival of Fine Art
Sonoran Festival of Fine Art
Care Free, AZ
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (one woman show)
St. Louis, Mo.
Governor’s Art Show (invitational)
Ft. Collins, CO
Western Art Show
North Platte, Nebraska
Game Conservation International (invitational)
San Antonio, TX
Duck’s Unlimited National Wildlife Art Show
Kansas City, Mo.
Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Oklahoma Art Festival
Society of Animal Artists
52nd Annual Exhibit (juried)
53rd Annual Exhibit (juried)
“The Wildlife Experience in Art” show and sale (juried)
Art West Magazine
Wyoming Wildlife Magazine
Sirius, a publication of AKC Museum of the Dog
Business Views, Longmont, Co.
Southwest Art 2008
Dogs in Review 2009 Annual
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
National Golden Retriever Review
Tel Ad, a Traveler’s Guide
Clumber Spaniel Club of America
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc.
Sirius, a publication from the AKC Museum of the Dog
1st place in oil, North Platte Valley Artist’s Guild Regional Show
1st place in “all antlered and horned animals”, Oklahoma Art Festival
Best in Show at the Western Spirit Art Show & Sale, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wy.
Artist of the Year and Best in Show, Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited
5th Annual Best in Show Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, Kansas
Best in Show, Casper Regional Art Show, Casper, Wy.
Best in Show, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, First stamp and print
26th Annual Best in Show at the Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, Kansas
Colorado Ducks Unlimited, Honoree of the Year for 1999
Limited Edition Prints:
Colorado Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Prints
Ducks Unlimited Green Wing Legacy Prints
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Smith town, New York
Collector Plates for:
Museums, Library Collections:
Ronald Reagan National Presidential Library
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Smith town, N.Y., Administrative bldg.
Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, Wy.
Laramie County Library, Laramie, Wy.
Cheyenne Library, Cheyenne, Wy.
Breakfast, The Most Important P art of the Day sold at Amazon
A Breed Apart, by William Secord Art Collections of the American Kennel Club
Contemporary Western Artists by Peggy & Harold Samuels
Society of Animal Artists, signature member
Worldwide Nature Artists Group, signature member
Sonoran Art League, juried member
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan