After studying painting at SUNY, Buffalo, I went on to get an MFA in film from NYU and then moved to Los Angeles from New York City. In Los Angeles, I began painting again and started exhibiting my work.
My work is inspired by my daily life, a mix of relationships with people, cats and dogs, along with inspiration from art history from the early Greeks to more contemporary art . I am really influenced by Picasso, Leger and Matisse, and of course Viola Frey, Robert Arneson and the Funk movement up in Northern California.
In 1996 I started working in ceramics, and presently work with clay and glazes creating ceramic sculpture. It’s an exciting medium. I love to explore with color pattern and shape, using my imagination, Whether it be in painting , prints, mosaics or sculpture my imagination takes over. Art is basic to my life, and it gives it joy, struggle and meaning.
"A delightful clutter of bright vivid colors is the first impression on seeing Linda Smith's painting. Her paintings simmer and sizzle with images and spark the imagination. The persistence of color in these works makes us think of Matisse and the Fauves, the depiction of dream images, masks, cats, children, lovers and skeletons seems related to the Cobra artists, particularly to Asger Jorn and Karel Appel. Like in their work we witness an attempt to reclaim sub-conscious feelings and thoughts and to formulate them visually by spontaneous manipulation of the picture surface.