Linda Coulter, International Grisaille Artist
Fifty seven years ago, a little girl sat by her uncle's easel watching him paint villages of Europe from his memories. As she watched and listened, Linda's uncle told his stories in a soft, loving voice as his brush swept across the artist canvas to illustrate. Curls of smoke arose from his old pipe to carry her imagination far, far away to Europe, and those memories gently settled into Linda's heart forever.
In 1919, Edgar Holmes returned from Europe to his quiet country home in Farmington, Illinois, as an honored soldier of World War I. In his heart, he carried memories of Europe and spent the rest of his life sharing them on artist canvas with family and friends.
It has been 40 years since Linda first stepped into the art/craft industry as an artist who sells her original paintings. Her art works are collected in England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and South Korea, as well as most states in the U.S.
Thirty years ago, Linda started an art education business in her home town of Farmington, Illinois.
As her business grew, she expanded her market to central Illinois by teaching art workshops for Dick Blick and Jeffry Alans chain stores, park districts, and independently-owned art stores throughout central Illinois.
Linda painted on television for 5 years ...
Linda was approached by one of her adult students to paint for a live audience every week on syndicated NBC television in Central Illinois. She accepted this offer and thereafter enjoyed 5 wonderful years of painting every Saturday morning on WEEK TV 25. She was the featured artist in more than 160 television appearances and became a well known personality throughout central Illinois.
Teaching and Demonstrating at Conventions
For 20 years, Linda Coulter has served art product manufacturers as a designer, demonstrator, educator, teacher trainer, art program organizer and art product consultant.
She worked for 18 years to advance her art career in the national and international markets by teaching and demonstrating her own grisaille / color glazing art style at conventions across the US and in Europe. The photograph above shows Linda teaching at the Art and Illustrators Convention in Islington, England.
During those happy and exciting years, Linda and her family made lasting friendships with the owners and CEOs of manufacturers, publishers, distributors and retail stores in the art & craft industry around the world.
Among Linda Coulter's favorite conventions to teach:
Museum Art Teacher
For many years, Linda was a museum art teacher at Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum in Peoria, IL. When the world renown Burghley House Collection was a featured exhibit at Lakeview Museum, Linda was thrilled to see each brush stroke of these historical art works firsthand and she was spellbound by the richly saturated colors of the Old Masters' original art.
Through personal invitation, Linda traveled to the Louvre in Paris to meet with French and Belgian artists as they studied art styles and techniques of Renaissance masters and impressionist artists in Europe. These museum experiences played a major role in the influence and development of Linda Coulter's personal art style.
Art Teacher Trainer
In 1999, Linda received a very attractive invitation from the CEO of an American art product manufacturer to travel internationally for the purpose of training art teachers in Asia, Europe and Canada. She closed Coulter's La Galerie in Peoria and commenced full time travel teaching in 2000.
Linda Coulter's Teaching Style
Through decades of hard work and dedication to her dream, Linda became a master at simplifying complex subjects, merging old Master techniques with her own playful brushwork, and using richly saturated colors with confidence. Her goal from the start was to teach old master techniques and concepts to the students in her classrooms.
In the international market, Linda's specialty quickly became Grisaille followed by pure color glazes which divides and conquers by breaking the painting process down into easily managed steps that beginners can easily learn and enjoy. This enables Linda's students to begin painting their own original art works very quickly, and introduces them to the techniques and concepts used by Italian, Flemish and Dutch Old Masters, and America's Hudson River School artists, Currier & Ives artists, 19th century French genre artists, Daniel Ridgway Knight and Julien Dupre.
International Art Teacher
Linda Coulter has taught over 10,000 adult students from 5 continents how to paint her grisaille/ color glazing art style. Linda's adult students are from all states of the US, all Canadian provinces, and several South American countries. Linda has adult students in France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea, China, India and Pakistan.
Internationally Published Art Teacher
Linda has published feature stories in international painting magazines for more than a decade with readers worldwide.
In the spring of 2009, Linda Coulter was cover artist for a Japanese Decorative Painting magazine, and through that venue, Linda taught an art workshop in grisaille and color glazing to her art students throughout Japan. Many of those Japanese painters have attended Linda's international art convention classes. This featured project was a delight for them to find in their own national magazine.
Coulter Licenses Original Art to Manufacturers
Linda Coulter licenses her original art works to manufacturers for global marketing and sales.
Weekend Art Getaways
Linda's students gathered for a casual relaxing weekend to learn the the art of grisaille and pure color glazes. Some featured projects are co-coordinated with the Art Getaway location, thus creating wonderful memories for students and teacher.
Linda's Favorite Subjects to Paint & Teach
Through her camera, sketchbooks and paint brush, Linda Coulter has captured the essence of ancient Europe, the narrow winding streets of London and Paris, thatched cottages and ancient stone castles of the English countryside, French fields of lavender and ancient rivers. She has painted scenes from across the United States and Canada.
Linda loves to paint gardens and flowers, Luminist Landscapes, European architecture, American architecture, seascapes, portraits (people and pets), still life, animals and birds.
Her inspiration to teach art
When asked what has been her inspiration to teach art, Linda replies, "God gave me some talent, a genuine love of people, an unquenchable desire to teach fine art, and an endless desire for adventure through travel teaching."
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