Artist Bio

Although pencils and pastels have often been categorized as drawing tools, Linda Howe uses them to create landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and portraits that contain all of the richness and complexity of oil paintings. Born and raised in Central California, Linda fell in love with the visual arts as a youngster. She became fascinated with the idea of being able to communicate the beauty of the world around her in a painting. With her parents' encouragement, she began her lifelong habit of studying art, visiting museums, collecting art books, and seeking out special exhibits.

Linda moved to Southern California after graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After many years of working in management in the corporate environment, she began taking drawing and painting lessons at Mission: Renaissance in Los Angeles. In 1994 Linda and her husband Tom moved to the Chicago area, where she continued art lessons at a private studio, soon teaching children's classes there, as well.

In June, 1996, Linda opened her own business, Linda's Fine Arts Studio, which offers individualized art instruction in a variety of media to both children and adults, as well as framing services and, of course, Linda's paintings.Since 2005, Linda has also been an instructor at Ontarioville Art Center in Hanover Park, Illinois. Her unique teaching approach combines the proven motivational techniques she learned as a corporate manager with the solid art principles practiced by the Old Masters hundreds of years ago.

Linda is represented by Ontarioville Art Gallery in Hanover Park, Illinois. Her paintings and drawings hang in private collections from coast to coast.