Linda Fries

Neighborhood: Hunters Point Shipyard
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SF OPEN STUDIOS PARTICIPANT
Hunters Point Shipyard
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I use oil painting, through both realism and abstraction, to interpret my deep experiences in nature. I have been a lifelong hiker, backpacker and open water swimmer. As both a painter and an outdoor enthusiast, the natural world has always been the primary inspiration for my art. From years of drawing and painting watercolors outdoors on hiking and backpacking trips, I have countless plein air studies that form the backbone of my art. Painting gives voice to my deep longing to express the felt experiences of being a woman immersed in the natural world. I try to bring that sense of joy, radiance and aliveness that only nature can give my work. Through art, I convey my intimate connection to beloved wild places. Trees, hills, rivers, sky, sun, moon, rocks, birds, beasts, flowers, mountains, lakes and the sea...all calling me home.