Linda Katsuda

  Montana's landscape is special and I hope we can preserve our open spaces, even if it is cultivated. There is something about large uninhapited areas that gives me a sense of expansiveness, of being away from the crowds and busyness of cities. I find it serene, calming and relaxing. Tis qualit is what I seek to express through my landscape paintings. Every paintin is inspired by a specific playe or thing. It is my hope that my art inspires an appreciation not only of my painting but also of the palce or subject that inspired it.

Painting from life requires taking time tos tudy and learn what is beyond the first glance. It takes at least a few hours that can turn into days, weeks, months or sometimes years of observation. What draws me to any particular place or object is how the light plays upon the planes making interesting patterns of light and dark or how the sunset or atmosphere casts its particular light on everything, making drab mountains turn purple, pink ad orange at sunset, or how majestic mountains can be against a dark storm cloud with a sun beam highlighting a cliff section. Behing the visual, sensual aspect that inspires me is the presence of Nature, without pretense or being what is.....honest, without frills or decoration.

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