Linda Wandt is an Austin based representational oil painter. Originally from Long Island, NY, she moved to Texas in 1999 and attended The University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a BA in Studio Art in 2006. While in school, Linda also focused her studies on literature and philosophy, topics that heavily influence her work today. After a period of intensive self-study post-graduating, Linda has attended many workshops and painting and drawing classes with some of the best painters in the country through Atelier Dojo here in Austin, and at the Copani Academy in San Antonio. As a dedicated portrait and figurative painter, Linda joined the Portrait Society of America in 2019, and received a full scholarship to their 2020 virtual conference. In addition to her “outside the box” portraiture, Linda is also well known for her realistic, yet personality-filled oil paintings of honeybees.
In August of 2020, Linda was part of a four-artist group exhibit at the Georgetown Art Center, Ingrained, a show focusing on works on wood panels. For this show, Linda expanded her single bee paintings into much larger more complex compositions juxtaposing various pollinators with different carnivorous plants against the backdrop of clear coated wood grain. Using Rorschach Test inspired compositions, these pieces use symmetry and negative space in their symbolism for growth, evolution, and decay. Linda is still creating both figurative work and new pieces for the Ingrained Series.
Linda’s work is in many private and public collections, including Paige Ellis’s office at City Hall, and she received a Jurors Choice Award at Art City Austin in 2017, her first year participating. Her work can currently be seen at Austin City Hall for the duration of the current exhibit The People’s Gallery, and her studio is currently located at Canopy Arts Complex. She has been participating in Big Medium’s East and West Tours since 2007. Linda has been teaching privately for years, and recently started working as a painting instructor for both The Cordovan Art School and at The Dougherty Art Center.