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Linda Ann (Hopkins) Wolf was born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent her early childhood enjoying the natural beauty of the forests, the native wildlife, and area surrounding Lake Michigan. Her parents moved the family to Southern California in the mid-1950s. She became intent on studying art while attending Glendora High School, and during her senior year she studied Color Theiory and Design for two semesters on Saturdays at Chiounard Art Institute in Los Angeles. She also studied art at Marymount College, Citrus College, and obtained a B.A.S.W. from California State University, Long Beach in 1968. Subsequently, she began a career in Public Social Services in Child Welfare Services in 1968 and worked for both Los Angeles County and Orange County in California until her retirement in 1994. She started oil painting in the mid 1970's as a relief from her work, and has taken workshops given by several well known artists over the years.
Since her move to the Coachella Valley in 2000, she has focused on painting in both oils and acrylics. After a lengthy visit to Australia in 2007, she developed a keen interest in Aboriginal Art, and has been exploring those methods of interpreting landscape art amid the backdrop of nature in the California Desert. She especially enjoys the terrain in the Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree National Park, as well as Anza Borrego Parks. ' I create my dab-original abstract acrylic landscapes by using vivid colors, shapes, line and form to describe spacial relationships. I use brushes, sticks and a lot of imagination to put a different spin on our desert sights. I sometimes use animal tracks in my patterns.' Linda also uses oil paint on canvas to illustrate conventional desert subjects. She does paint animals occasionally but enjoys painting landscapes the most. She paints primarily from photographs that she personally takes so that the colors a re captured in the moment.
In past years, she has shown and sold her artwork as a member of the Cerritos Art Association, and the Mid-Columbia Basin Artists Association. Since 2006 she has been active in the Sun City Shadow Hills Creative Arts Club, Indio, CA. She has been a member of the La Quinta Art Foundation since 2001. She regularly displays her paintings as the Artist of the Month at the Sun City Shadow Hills, Montecito Clubhouse, their local art shows, and in the Pulte Sun City Shadow Hills, Sales Office, Indio. She has participated in the Southwest Arts Festival, Indio and Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta this past year, and is participating in same again in 2014. She is showing her artwork in Palm Springs, CA at the Desert Arts Show December 14 and 15th, 2013 and will be in the Indian Wells Art Festival April 4-6, 2014.