Isaacs Art Center

Linda Whittemore

Linda Whittemore became an artist to express the world around her. Living on Maui, she spends time in her studio creating the new images that continuously inspire her. The physical beauty of Maui is a never ending source for new creations. There is an honesty about her work that comes through to the viewer.

Linda has worked in many Printmaking styles. She currently works in Viscosity Monotype, although she is trained in the traditional form of intaglio Printmaking. Her background training as a painter is apparent in her style, with the abstraction of landscapes coming to mind. She creates her monotypes on a Printmaking press in her Kihei studio. Each piece is original; it is created first by painting onto a blank piece of plexiglass, using brayers, rollers and brushes. This painted plate is then transferred to the press bed, and a dampened sheet of 100% cotton paper is then placed over the plate. The plate is then run through the press at high pressure, creating the resultant print on the sheet of paper. To create the Next piece, the plate must be repainted with an image again making each piece different, an original artwork. Her works are a story of color and mood, as they reflect our Maui life style. "its all a process, one medium leads to the next. We create from what we know or don't know. My paintings are who I am."

Linda continues to paint scenes around the island further abstracting them in her studio using the Printmaking process. Her watercolor paintings are a prelude to her original monotypes, which are oil based paint and sometimes become mixed media with Metallics Gold and Silver as well as Mica.

Linda Grew up in Laguna Beach, California. She attended Laguna School of Art for several years, also Saddleback and Orange Coast College and Miracosta College in Southern California where she studied Printmaking. Linda has also an extensive background in ceramics, she studied with Chris Kinsch (and others) at Laguna School of Art. Linda earned an AA degree for studio art at Miracosta College, and later earned a BA in liberal arts at the University of Hawaii. Her work is represented by several galleries in Hawaii. Linda has been an exhibitor in Maui's statewide show many years for "Art Maui". Linda's work is also part of the Hawaii State Foundation Art Museum Collection located in Honolulu.