Linda Levy is a New Jersey native who has always been involved in some art form. Attending weekend classes at the Art Students League as a youngster with her artist mother, she worked in oils, pastels, and charcoal. During her adulthood she has done original needlepoint designs, mosaic tile works, clay sculptures, and fabric montages. During the past ten years, her emphasis has been on watercolors.
Influenced in her youth by Winslow Homer’s tropical paintings, Linda always wanted to try her hand at watercolor. The opportunity came in 1995 when she began weekly watercolor classes near her Key Largo winter home. She has subsequently studied regularly with several New Jersey and Florida instructors and attended a variety of watercolor workshops with master artists. Her education also includes a B.A. from Douglass College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Many of her watercolors reflect the more than six months each year Linda spends in the Florida Keys. Inspiration stems from the pastel hues of island vistas to vivid colors of exotic tropical flowers. She often experiments with different watercolor papers and techniques. Graceful Florida birds provide favorite subjects, including great white herons, ibises, pelicans, parrots, and egrets. She has won the Purple Isles Art Guild’s coveted Joe Cella Memorial Award for Birds in Nature in 2000, 2003, and 2005 and their Best Florida Keys Representation award in 2002 and 2004, as well as several watercolor awards at the Ocean Reef Art League.
Linda is currently an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art and holds the offices of secretary and art show chairman for the Ocean Reef Art League. In addition, she maintains membership in the Monmouth County Art Society, the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, and the Purple Isles Art Guild.