Linda Besse


Like most wildlife artists, Linda was enchanted with animals at an early age. It was vivid childhood memories of her great-uncle and his African hunting stories which gave her an immediate sense of the
adventure one experiences when exploring wild animals and places. Linda was drawn to the outdoors through her geology bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, followed with a Master of Science degree which enabled her to get into the back country of Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.
Linda works from her field sketches, small field paintings and her photographs to create a composition designed to reflect the inherent artistry of nature. Painting exclusively in oil because she likes its luminosity,
depth, and intensity of color, Linda uses a mostly wet-on-wet technique to capture the immediacy of the image.
She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Linda lives in the country surrounded by deer, wild turkey, grouse, quail, coyote, and the occasional moose, bear, and mountain lion.
To gather reference for her paintings, Linda has traveled to every U.S. state, 37 countries, and all seven continents. Four extended visits to Africa included a 70 km canoe trip on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.
Linda has traversed remote tundra in Labrador researching the caribou migration, been dropped off by float plane to salmon-filled streams to watch grizzly bears in Alaska, paddled a canoe the 459-mile length of the Noatak River (all above the Arctic Circle), and snorkeled with wild beluga whales in Hudson Bay.

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