artma Artists

Artist: Linda O'Neill

My abstracts are intuitive and expressive and they communicate my deepest emotions with color, movement and form. Being surrounded by nature has always been a source of inspiration for me. The beautiful hues and shapes of the natural world emerge in my paintings in various ways. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in1993 with an emphasis in printmaking. After experimenting for many years with other mediums, I now prefer to paint with acrylics on canvas and paper. I enjoy working briskly and purposefully so that I can bring authentic emotions to the surface. I often incorporate other mixed media such as collage, paint pen, oil pencil, caran d'ache, and ink. Working layer upon layer, always listening to music, I often rotate the canvas as I go. My goal is to let go of critical thinking, preferring to let my subconscious run the paintbrush. I have lived with OCD and migraines most of my life so elements of that experience also weave their way through my work. I want to create an emotional journey for the viewer highlighting redemption, healing, hope and joy. Art has been very therapeutic and restorative for me. I love to hear what people see and feel when they look at my paintings. I also hope my work connects with others in a profound way and to those who experience similar challenges in life.