Linda Budge is a painter and an animal lover who combines her passions for art and living creatures to produce works that radiate empathy and painterly grace. Her extensive knowledge of animals and deep experience interacting with them, explains her uncanny ability to capture her subjects so accurately; and also helps to explain why her work carries such emotional power.
Linda’s chosen medium is oil paint and the animals that appear most in her pieces are dogs, burros and various birds; and the wildlife common to the western United States, like cottontail rabbits, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and the desert gray wolf. (Now based in central Arizona, she’s originally from Utah and lived in Wyoming and Colorado for a number of years.)
Inspired by her lifelong fascination with animals and immediate access to a swath of picturesque terrain–the kaleidoscopic Sonoran Desert, Linda is often in compositional mode, taking to the wild with her paints and palette and portable easel. Wildlife, like pets and other domesticated animals present random opportunities for paintings. For every piece, though, there are definite conditions that must be met.