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Painting on Cape Cod

     For artist and teacher, Linda Sargent Beach, it was a natural progression from using chalk as a teacher to painting landscapes in pastel.  After a career as an art educator from Maine to California, Linda now focuses on her own art.  She has enjoyed the challenge of teaching and the perspective that it has brought to her work.
     A native of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Linda received a BA from Wilson College, PA and MS in Art Ed at Central Connecticut State University. She has studied with numerous national artists such as pastelists Doug Dawson, Terri Ford, Clark Mitchell, Kim Lordier, and Teresa Saia. Linda continues to seek new methods for her own expression in landscape. Her work in natural color often depicts a sense of distance and serenity.     
     Linda Beach is an active member of art organizations on both the East and West Coasts.  She maintains a home studio in Yarmouth Port, MA.  She is a member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.  Her award-winning work has been exhibited in group and juried shows in the SF Bay Area, Cape Cod, at Wilson College, and Addison Art Gallery.  Her work is found in numerous private collections from California to Cape Cod.
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Painting in Wine Country

Artist Statement:

The changing light on the landscape inspires my paintings. Color nuances, strong horizons, spatial recession, and textural elements are the foundations of my art.  My goal is to capture the essence and spirit of a landscape and convey a sense of place that transcends a visual image guided by my deep appreciation for nature.

I love the simplicity of soft pastels applied to sanded paper on location or indoors. The medium of pastel permits the contrast of crisply rendered details with more subtle gradations of tone. The landscape traditions of Jean Baptiste Corot and William Stanley Haseltine are an inspiration. 

My current landscapes are done in a style of painterly realism. My pastels often depict a sense of distance and evoke a mood of serenity.  I am as eager to capture the warmth of a color-washed setting sun on a Western sky as the myriad of reflections in the cool waters of New England.  This variety of surroundings and the perspectives gained from my art career continues to nourish and challenge my creativity.

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