Linda Klein is an eco-conscious Bay Area, California Artist who describes her herself as being on a creative journey to discover the balance and harmony between realism and abstract.
Her ability to draw was discovered by her parents and teachers as early as preschool. Hence, her exploration in the Arts began as soon as she was able to grip a crayon, drawing and coloring on whatever surfaces she could find from walls to tables and even in the family's encyclopedias. As soon as Linda was old enough, her parents enrolled her in local art classes to channel her creative urges (and to save their home and belongings).
Today, her primary source of inspiration for her richly diverse subject matter comes from her current surroundings in the wild and beautiful settings of West Marin where she has resided since 2019. Klein's style varies greatly depending on which Series (or Collection) she is working on. Characterized by either tonal colors and detailed graphite drawings, or bright splashes of pigment in rhythmic shapes, enhanced with recycled collage, her work travels a broad spectrum of application and presentation.
Much of Linda Klein's past work consists of detailed pencil drawings and portraits characterized by her measuring lines or 'tick marks'. She often highlights her renderings with watercolors and charcoal powders to enhance tonal qualities and add greater depth.
The majority of Klein's work today focuses on lively colors and ecology. Combining multilayers of watercolor with the addition of texture from collaged bits of litter she cleans up off of her adopted section of California scenic highways and her junk mail to bring greater purpose to work. It's not a rare thing on any given day to find Linda digging in her recycle bin for creative materials. These exciting paintings rejoice in nature and provide a gentle reminder to be better stewards of our planet, providing trees that had been destroyed to make paper and eventually litter, an opportunity to become beautiful tree-scapes once again.
Most uniquely, while graphite and watercolor work is generally done on paper requiring expensive framing and issues with fragile and glaring glass, Linda mounts high quality watercolor paper that she purchases in large rolls onto wood panels of all sizes, thus removing the need for framing and glass. All work is protected with two coats of archival matte varnish. The result is a more contemporary and durable work of art that is ready to hang. Many of her wood panels are crafted by her talented woodworking husband, David Anderson.
In addition to open studio tours in her home in San Anselmo, Klein has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area including the Marin MOCA - National Juried Exhibit featuring Juror Catharine Clark, Director/Owner of Catharine Clark Gallery and at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley/San Francisco, CA. Currently her work exhibits year round at the PASSDOOR in Sonoma, CA on the renown and lively Sonoma Square. Klein has studied at multiple California Colleges in addition to private lessons with San Francisco Academy of the Arts Instructor, John McCormick.
Linda Klein’s efforts continue to be about creative education, observing other artists she admires, and discovering a harmonious dance between documentation and creating a new reality with an even greater intensity.
California College of the Arts, Oakland - Art, Design
Butte College - General Education, Fine Art, Design, Pottery
College of the Sequoias - General Education, Fine Art, Art History, Watercolor
College of Marin - Fine Art
Our greatest education comes from practice, trial & error and observation.
Klein continues her Art Education studying independently online and through books.
She also mentors with Art Teacher, John McCormick, in his Corte Madera, CA studio. John McCormick is a professional Art Instructor at Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Lessons include Drawing, Composition, Color Application, Art History, Art Appreciation.
Linda Klein has personal letters of appreciation from two renowned Authors for 'Time Capsule Book Portraits' (TM):
Barbara Kingsolver - 'Poisonwood Bible'
Khaled Hosseini - 'The Kite Runner'
These authors own the 1st print off the press of the drawings by Linda Klein, which were created and inspired by their books.
Developed 'Time Capsule Portraits' (TM) in 2012, creating many commissioned drawings of this style to date.
November 2016 - Meet the Makers
The Passdoor Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
August 2016 - Main Exhibit
The Passdoor Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
February 2016 - What Is, Was - Group Exhibition
Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
July 2015 - Group Exhibition
Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley/San Francisco Bay Area , CA
November 2014 - Solo Exhibition - Wild at Heart Exhibit
19 Ross Common Art Gallery, Ross, CA
October 2014 - Fresh Art Exhibit - Marin Society of Artists
Juror: Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Assistant Dean and Director, Mills College Art Museum
September 2014 - Annual Fall Exhibit of Marin and Bay Area Artists - Novato, CA
Jurors: Elisabeth Setten and Stan Gibbs
June 2014 - MarinMOCA - National Summer Exhibit
Juror: Catharine Clark, Director/Owner of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco CA
January 2014 - Catalyst, Route One Gallery, Point Reyes, CA
Juror: Scott Shields
March 2014 - Spring Juried Exhibition, Falkirk Cultural Center
Juror: Agne Correll, owner of Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, California
April 2014 - Shelter Exhibit- Art Works Downtown
Juror: Catharine Clark, Director/Owner of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
September 2013 - Fall Exhibition, Falkirk Cultural Center
Juror: Andrea Schwartz, owner of the Andrea Schwartz Gallery, 545 4th Street, San
December 2013 - Art Works Downtown-Small Works Show,
Juror: Holly Blake, Headlands Center for the Arts - 944 Simmonds Rd, Sausalito, CA
Pam Olsen and Don Ryndak - San Francisco, CA
Jeff Tse - New York City, NY
Debra Handel - LePorte, IN
John McCormick - Corte Madera, CA
Shari Snowden - Dallas, OR
Richard Lasus - Mill Valley, CA
Micheal & Becci Greene - San Rafael, CA
Mylene Lucas - Visalia, CA
Irene Anderson - San Anselmo, CA
Alexander Keith Lasus - Mill Valley, CA
Monique DeBoise - Fairfax CA
Ken McKenna - Novato, CA
Billy & Michelle Palmer - Palmdale, CA
Dave & Amy Perkins - Vacaville, CA
Sheri Clark & Everett Rabbon - Clovis, CA