Linda Tuma Robertson


January 4, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City University
Private oil painting lessons with John Shelby Metcalf (1961-1962)
Jim Wilcox Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming (1993)
Curt Walters Workshop (2006)
Grelle/Green Workshop (2007)

Art has always been a natural part of Linda's life. She won her first blue ribbon in kindergarten. She was illustrator for her grade school newspaper as well as her high school yearbook. Gladys Whelihan, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Director of Art in the 1950s and 1960s stated, "even in kindergarten, Linda's work showed an exceptional talent not often seen in someone so young. We were always eager to see her new works sent to the Board by her teachers. Her progression through the years was amazing."
Linda credits her parents for giving her the opportunity to develop her art talent. At the age of nine, she studied with the late John Shelby Metcalf, a prominent Oklahoma oil painter. He introduced the artist to oils which became her favorite medium. Oils have remained Linda's focus to this day. Furthermore, her parents opened her eyes to the natural beauty of this land through trips West and around her native state of Oklahoma. Linda stated, "We always had time to stop and observe a rainbow or watch a thunderhead form."

By the time the artist was twenty, her work had been displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Kerr Museum, the Oklahoma Museum of Art, and the Oklahoma Art Center. Her painting "Fall in the Kiamichis" was reproduced in the Bell Telephone pamphlet "Telephone Talk."

In the 1970s, marriage and two children temporarily interrupted her career. Once her family became independent, she returned to her other love, art. Her paintings were selected for several Top 100 Arts for the Parks and Oil Painters of America national shows. The Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund commissioned her to create a 5-foot-by-7-foot painting of Oklahoma's round barn in Arcadia, which will join a 5-foot-by-7-foot painting by the artist already hanging in the Capitol. Additionally, she participates in Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, and Western Masters and The Russell Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana. Linda shows her work in the Collector's Reserve Show at the Gilcreaes Museum, paints in the Quick Draw Sale and Auction at the Jackson Hole Fall Art Festival and at the Small Works, Great Wonders Art Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in which she won the Buyer's Choice Award in 2009. The artist has been featured in Southwest Art and Western Art Collector magazines.

The artist's style has been described as a combination of realism and impressionism. Her love and reverence for the land inspires her to record the countryside and the vanishing wilderness of this country. Linda comments, "My desire is to paint a landscape reflecting my love for nature. I want the viewer to feel my emotion and inspiration which led me to paint the scene."

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