Contact Linda at lindatbran@gmail.com

Telephone: 480.609.8672

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Artist's Statement

There are several recurring themes in my figurative work. I'm interested in the usual unanswerable questions surrounding the vast mystery of life, such as the passage of time, beauty and the concept of presence. I'm also interested in the intersection of reality and mystery and how realism in art can express concepts difficult to articulate in anything other than the visual sense. Like many artists, my narrative paintings are rooted in my own life experiences and are autobiographical in some degree. Lately I've been arranging items and people in tableaus that are metaphorical and which I hope will result in a dialogue between artist and viewer. Essentially, though, it's all about trying to paint something that takes my own breath away from me.

 

I'm excited by the interplay of movement and stillness, presence and absence, expectation and memory, and the literal and the abstract. I try to create visual images that attract me and give me the opportunity to control the content of my experience. And yet, time and time again, I'm struck by how little I truly control.

 

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Linda is represented by Haynes Galleries in Nashville, TN and Thomaston, Maine, T.H. Brennen Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. Her portrait agency representatives are Portraits, Inc. in New York, NY/Birmingham, AL and Portraits South in Raleigh, NC.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law.  She teaches painting and drawing at Scottsdale Artists' School in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Selected Awards and Recognition

Semifinalist, Outwin Boochiver Portrait Competition 2016, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

First Prize, 2014 Butler Institute of American Art's 78th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH

Finalist, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2013/2014 and 2012/2013 International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Competition

First Prize, 2016 Portrait Artists of Arizona 6th Annual Exhibition and Sale

Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 2015, 2014, 2001 and 1999 Annual Art Competitions (Portrait/Figure Category)

"Artist to Watch," Southwest Art Magazine, March 2015

3rd Place, Portrait Society of America 2014 Members Only Competition (Still Life Category)

Featured Artist, "Member Spotlight," Journal of the Portrait Society of America, issue No. 64, Third Quarter 2014

Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 2010 Annual Art Competition (Landscape Category)

Mentor, Portrait Society of America - Cecelia Beaux Society Artist Mentorship Program, 2009-11

"Jury's Top 50," Salon International 2007, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America 2006 International Competition

Exceptional Merit Award, Portrait Society of America 2005 International Competition

Featured in "Master Portrait Artist Showcase," International Artist Magazine Issue #49, June/July 2006

Featured Artist, "In the Frame: Pushing the Envelope," Portrait Society of America Newsletter, Third Quarter 2005

Merrill-Johnson Gallery Award, Northern Colorado Artist Association National Exhibition, 2000

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Lore Degenstein Gallery 8th Annual Figurative Drawing And Painting Competition, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

2016 Butler Institute of American Art's 80th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH

2016 Portrait Artists of Arizona 6th Annual Exhibition and Sale, University Club of Phoenix, AZ

"Animalia" Group Show 2016, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

"Holiday Small Works Show" 2016, 2016, Abend Gallery, Denver CO

2014 Butler Institute of American Art's 78th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH

"Celebration of Women By Women" Group Show 2015, Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, ME and Nashville, TN

"Contemporary Figuration" Group Shows, 2016, 2015, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

"Contemporary Children's Portraits" Show 2015, Portraits Inc. New York, NY

"Women Painting Women" Group Show 2014, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC

"Pay It Forward" Group Show 2014, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

"Holiday Small Works Show" 2013, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

"Women Painting Women: (R)evolution" Group Show 2013, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2013 Butler Institute of American Art's 77th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH

"Impressions of New England" Group Show 2012, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington VT

 "The Expedition and Beyond" Group Show 2012, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

"Large Works" Group Show 2011, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

"Women Painting Women" Group Show 2010, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

"Faces" Group Show, 2009 - 2010, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ

Solo Show 2005, Cathedral Center for the Arts, Phoenix, AZ

Solo Show 2002, Quintessence Gallery, Chandler, AZ

 

Selected Writings on Art

"Narrative and Fantasy in Imagined Spaces: Artist Julie Heffernan," Portrait Society of America Journal, issue no. 56, Third Quarter 2013

"William Whitaker, Profile of an Artist," Portrait Society of America Newsletter Vol. VI Issue No. 26, Fourth Quarter 2004

"Frederick, Lord Leighton," essay, The Portrait Society of Atlanta Folio, Summer 2004

"Painting in Public," essay, The Portrait Society of Atlanta Folio, Winter 2003

"Ilya Repin: Introspective Russian," essay, The Portrait Society of Atlanta Folio, Fall 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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