LINDA BOISVERT DeSTEFANIS
“Each time I paint I feel an emotional connection draws me to a scene, a watery reflection, billowing clouds, or a child’s delight in the moment. The light and shadows excite me and color adds another dimension as the art evolves. My love of photography has me taking my camera with me everywhere I go. I enjoy capturing beautiful fleeting moments in time with my camera and have taken hundreds of photographs that I often use as references.
I am a very patient painter who never shies away from detail and depth. I would describe my paintings as contemporary realism where my drawings and prints have been more surrealistic. Today I use oils for larger paintings and during the past few years I have developed a love for pastel painting, probably due to the graphic quality of pastels and my love for drawing. I plan to use oils and pastels as my main mediums but will always welcome future explorations as my art continues to grow.”
After college, Linda found work as a Graphic Artist and has been in that field for over 33 years…but fine artwork is where her heart is. In between her working in graphic arts, she still found time for her art and was in many juried shows, winning prizes along the way. She is excited now that she can devote herself to being the artist she could only be in her spare time all these years.
Linda has been a member of the Glastonbury and Wethersfield art guilds for many years, winning awards in each. She is also a member of the CT Pastel Society and the Connecticut Women Artists group. Linda plans to explore Pastels further as well as continuing to use Oils for her larger paintings. She looks forward to many years ahead as a productive fine artist doing what she loves most.
These are my tiny little crocus which awakened with the spring sun. I noticed them while walking outside near our front door and ran inside to get me camera and capture their image! I loved the photos I'd taken and they sat waiting for me to decide when and if I would paint them. It was time... after I had enjoyed a watercolor demo one evening. This larger painting won an Honorable Mention in the Wethersfield Academic Artist's Juried Show in spring, 2013. Two smaller watercolors followed.
While walking on the beach off the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, these dark clouds began to grow and you could see that it was raining in the distance. My photo captured the moment once again! My painting is my interpretation on canvas in oils.
This colorful tree captured my attention on a fine fall day when I was out searching for fall beauty to use for future painting ideas. In my painting I chose to have the reflection fill two-thirds of the painting and become a very strong component in the composition. The tree is on Mill Pond in Newington, CT.
' Breath of Ocean' (pastel) was awarded 'Best in Show' at the 2013 Wethersfield Art Guild's Juried Show.
This Polish woman was one of my more inspirational works. I had found a 1" black and white picture from a magazine (or newspaper?) and decided to use my charcoal to do a portrait of a woman using this small image. She evolved to wear a scarf covering her hair and loose shirt.. and I feel that my Mother's strong Polish heritage came through to create this special woman who reminds me of my Polish grandmother.
This pastel was accepted into the Renaissance in Pastel National Juried Show at the Slater Museum summer of 2013.