21 – Linda Okazaki
Painting ~ Oil & Watercolor
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The public will view Linda’s watercolor and oil painting works-in-progress. She will explain methods and materials used or answer specific questions about ideas. The studio is hung with recently completed paintings and ones representing past decades. Archival prints also provide an overview of Linda’s earlier work. The layout of the studio provides a good look at her daily studio practice.
Drive north on San Juan Avenue past Blue Heron Middle school and the Catholic Cemetery on the left. Turn right on U Street. Turn left on Lopez Avenue and drive to the end of the cul-d-sac. 4554 Lopez is the two-story cedar shake house with green trim slightly to the right. Parking for 3 cars in the driveway area. Parking is also available on Lopez Avenue. Please do not block driveways or mailboxes (on Saturday). The Pond Studio is on the west side of the house, follow the walkway.
A strong sense of place informs my paintings as relics of my imagination involving both my inner and outer worlds. The land and sea as I have known it all my life is under siege by environmental concerns. There’s an urgency to visually capture the simple pleasure and deep connection to this special place to help sustain the natural beauty and valued natural resources for our future. Sometimes my paintings are informed by many recurrent dreams such as returning to the resort or packing for a journey home where a familiar landscape is always part of the narrative.
I have lived most of my adult life in Washington having graduated from WSU with both a BA and MFA. I taught painting in the Fine Arts department at WSU. Presently, I am teaching at Port Townsend School of the Arts. Port Townsend has been home since 1980. Familiar iconic images developed from commissions from Centrum, Wooden Boat Foundation, and the Port Townsend Film Festival. My work is also held in collections at the Seattle Art Museum, Microsoft, City of Seattle, Washington State Arts Commission and Jefferson Museum of Art.