Artist Profile

Linda Boisvert-DeStefanis

Medium: Oils/pastels

Description:  Oils and pastel paintings - Contemporary Realism

'Contemporary realism' is how I describe my style of painting. Oils have always been my favorite medium and now I work on linen mostly and aluminum in between. I enjoy the smooth surfaces and paint in layers. The aluminum allows me to paint looser with a less controlled outcome and I have found this liberating and fun. My love of photography has me taking my camera with me everywhere I go. I love capturing beautiful fleeting moments in time with my camera and have taken hundreds of photographs that I use as references. My camera is always ready to capture the exciting moments I find while out there in our world. Dramatic lighting, cast shadows, billowing clouds, water and reflections… whatever beauty I see I try to hold on to so that I can paint my interpretation of that scene and share what I see with others. Also, my love of drawing attracted me to pastels and for about five years I had worked mostly with them and enjoyed success in shows. Each time I paint I feel an emotional connection draws me to a scene, a watery reflection, billowing clouds, or the golden light of the day. The light and shadows excite me and color adds another dimension as the art evolves. I am a very patient painter who never shies away from detail and depth. I would describe my paintings as contemporary realism where my drawings and prints have been more surrealistic. Today I use oils for larger paintings and during the past few years I have developed a love for pastel painting, probably due to the graphic quality of pastels and my love for drawing. Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, CT is where I have been an artist member for 3 years. I am on the Council for the CT Women Artists Association and a member of the Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Middletown, and Lyme Art leagues as well as the CT Pastel Society and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Two of my paintings were accepted into the CT Women Artists National Juried Show at the Slater Museum in Norwich. This show runs until September 23rd.

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