Linda Maxson

"The Gift"

Artists Bio

Growing up in rural America, Linda Maxson knew little of the what it entailed to become a successful artist.  She knew from an early age that she was meant to create.  Whether it was painting, drawing or just "building" assemblages out of nature's materials, she couldn't turn it off.  Linda felt as if she noticed things that others missed and wanted to capture the joy and intrigue that she found in these hidden treasures and share them with others.  During her senior year in high school, Linda decided to apply to the Miami Institute of Art.  She realized quickly that she was not financially able to make that commitment.  Upon her father's advice, she took a job with a global corporation that happened to have their headquarters near her hometown.  She never stopped her artwork.  She took commissions from fellow employees and sold on weekends at art fairs.

After working 22 years, Linda left corporate America to develop herself as an artist.  After earning an AFA, she continued developing her skills in classes and workshops. Connecting to her passion for nature, she worked for several years in clay, making sculptures and reliefs. In her quest to make two dimensional art with clay, she discovered clay monoprints, training with Mitch Lyons, the artist known internationally for pioneering the process.

Whether painting or working in clay, she strives to capture the emotion and energy she feels when creating a piece.  True success is when the piece also evokes an emotional response in the viewer. In her paintings and clay monoprints, it is achieved with color, texture and subject matter.  In her sculptures, they are usually figurative, the emotive aspect is strong. Her work also has movement and flow, a "dance" with the medium. Her sculptures of dancers are not as much about dancing as they are about freedom, inhibition and confidence.

“Some people sing, write, play a musical instrument…I use my hands to express what is in my mind.  I  constantly challenge myself in my artwork as well as the medium in which I work.

Sharing my art is extremely important to me.   It encourages people to ask questions, introspect, think about new ideas, experience fresh new perspectives and most importantly, it encourages us to take brief moments out of our busy lives to reflect on something outside of our daily routine.

Art also stimulates conversation, dialogue and interchange, even between total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other. It gives people permission to share thoughts, feelings, ideas and impressions that they might not ordinarily share. 

It is also satisfying to work with someone who wants design assistance.  Allowing them to be part of the creative process gives them a sense of ownership and achievement.  They help create something that is part of themselves.”

Linda’s work has been featured in several juried shows and exhibitions nationwide and can be found in private collections worldwide. She is currently a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council, Desert Art Center and The International Ceramic Arts Network .