Brief Biography

Linda Darsow Sutton - AFC, SAA, NWS, MCWA, WW


Living in the California hills adjacent to protected open space, wildlife subjects and the complementing light of their environments, provides limitless inspiration for this native Californian. Seeking the unique delicate interactions of inhabitants within their environments. Brought up to see color optically, transparent watercolor most generously represents the effects of light, playing the contrast between opaque and transparent in oils does also so she’s often cavorting an atmospheric expression with wildlife. Signature memberships include AFC - Artists for Conservation Foundation (formerly Worldwide Nature Artists Group), SAA - Society of Animal Artists, NWS - National Watercolor Soc., MCWA - California Watercolor Assoc.(master) & WW - Watercolor West. CAC – California Art Club assoc. member.

Notable more recent events include:

  • “Wild Life” Solo show of 31 pieces. Lindsay Wildlife Museum April –May 2015
  • Art & the Animal” SAA 55th Annual Exhibition 2015 @,Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown,NY,
  • “Point Lobos and Beyond” Carmel Visual Arts, Carmel, CA 2015, (David C.Gallup)
  • Laumeister Fine Art Competition 2014, Bennington Museum, Bennington,VT (BrianBlood)
  • “Art of the Animal Kingdom” X, XII, XIII, XV ,XVIII,XIX, Bennington Museum, Bennington,VT
    • (Dan Smith, Lany, Sir John Seery-Lester, Morton Solberg, Carel Pieter Brest Van-Kempen, Rosetta)
  • Artists for Conservation Festival and annual Exhibit at Grouse MT Vancouver, BC 2011,12,13&14
  • Houston Zoo, Houston,Texas, with AFC to support the zoo’s Save the Elephants campaign
  • The Santa Cruz Art League's Annual, Contemporary Landscape Painters 81st & 83rd
  • 83rd “In a Golden State”- HM(DavidLeffel), 81st "Earth Portraits"- HM(Scott Shields, Crocker Museum, Sacto.,CA)
  • “Big Cat Quick-Draw”&”Raptor QD” The Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Carmel Art Festival, 2014, & 2008(Mayors Choice Award)
  • Los Gatos Plein Aire 2012, 13 & 14
  • Watercolor West 44th annual 2012, Brea, CA jurors award
  • “Earth Fan” solo show Orinda Library Art Gallery 2011
  • “World of Watercolor” 2nd Annual Signature Watercolor Exhibition 2011(PC 1st award) Fallbrook Art Center,CA
  • 10th annual Valona Paintout” 2011 Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA (2nd award Julie Armistead, Hearst Museum, Moraga CA)
  • “Small Works Big Impressions” 2009 The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker CO
  • "The Art of Conservation” 2008 & 09,(Editor’s Choice) AFC at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ
  • “Small Works Big Impressions” 2009 The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker CO
  • “THE ART OF SEEING”: Nature Revealed Through Illustration” at The Oakland Museum CA 2006
  • “Wildlife in it’s Best Light” solo exhibition 2006, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek CA
  • Society of Animal Artists 48th annual exhibition, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
  • “Five Watercolorists” 2010 , Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
  • “En Plein Air: Alameda & Beyond”2007,09,10 HM(PatronsChoice)&HM(Gil Dellinger),2011HM(Seamus Berkeley)
  • Triton Museum Biannual Watercolor Competition, Santa Clara,CA ’96(G.Brommer)’02(PatriciaHansen),’07(J.Hoffsteader)
  • “Side by Side” Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art PA
  • Featured Artist at “Reflections of Nature” ‘04 in Fallbrook CA

Publications of note:

  • the covers of Wildscape Magazine (UK) Dec. 2009 & Wildlife Art Magazine Nov/Dec’02
  • Western Art Collector Sep.’09
  • “The Watercolor Page” American Artist Magazine May ‘96
  • Equus ‘95
  • Splash 7 Northlight Books
  • The city of Concord sent 2 paintings as gifts to Mayor Ito of their sister city of Kitikami Japan

An award winning “Plein aire” painter, painting on location is a habit. Transparent Watercolor was initially learned outside on location, where the incomparable sense of “being there” instigates adventurous diversity, and often opportunities to collect exciting new reference. In December of '08 a trip to three locations in Kenya allowed exploration of new light, animals and environments. Weekly life drawing provides continued growth of classic and creative drawing skills, relating to the animal forms, where accurate representation is a valid expectation. Using traditional Art Elements, designing with Significant Contrasts, atmosphere can be created. Manipulating relationships between abstraction and realism engages the imagination into capturing the essence of a place, or subject, now more personal to the viewer. Imaginations are enticed with just enough realism to draw them into, then send beyond, the two dimensional surface.

Currently instructing adult classes and workshops in Transparent Color Theory with watercolor. Ten years, spent at Walnut Creek Civic Arts, also developing and instructing lessons in art principals for Jr. & Sr. High School students in their school services program. Vicenté Martinez High School then hired her as an Art Consultant/Instructor from 2006-2008 to infuse art in their alternative program. Classes, workshops and demonstrations are about handling the wet’n wet medium as brave color relationships, more than about subject matter. The information can apply to any medium.