Sievers Art Studio

Linda Sievers

artist statement

Linda Sievers
Linda Sievers

I’m attracted to the beauty of our natural world—in all its shapes, colors, movement and change of seasons. As an intuitive painter, this awe of nature comes through in my work. To get the desired affect I use acrylics because it allows me to apply translucent and opaque layers. Spray paint is often used as a foundation color because of the structure it provides.  I make marks with chalk, graphite, pastels and other tools to give my work depth with a past and a presence.  As I paint, I’m always thinking about shapes, lines, color and their interrelationship. I’m searching to see if something dynamic is starting to happen. My work has a soft, subtle, yet underlying strength. It’s my respect and wonderment for nature in its ever-changing and fleeting moments that I find inspiration and balance in my own life cycle.

I’ve painted off and on throughout my life but it’s been a priority since the COVID-19 Pandemic. At an early age, I had access to art materials because my mother and paternal-grandmother were both hobby artists. I took a few art classes in high school and found watercolor to be my favorite medium. I think that influence still shows in my work today. In college, I graduated with a degree in social work and believe there is a relationship to both professions and how they share an emotional action. The same sense of observation and sensitivity come into play.

Over the years, experimenting gave me new ways to express myself. In the mid-90s I developed my paper cuts using textured and hand-made papers to cut out as few lines as possible with the hope of capturing the essence of an image. The female form was my primary muse. I received an enthusiastic response for this work and sold the pieces at a local art and home furnishings store. In addition, Sunrise Greetings reproduced some of the images as greeting cards. In the early 2000s, I did faux finishes and decorative wall painting. It was here that I learned to put down layers creating a patina and subtle color change. Gardening is another creative release and in 2015 it was the poppy pod that provided inspiration. I think seedpods are beautiful and I especially like the Greek-urn form and daisy-shaped crown of the poppy pod. I was fortunate to have a juried solo show in 2017 with this artwork at the John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN. Abstract painting came in 2018 and I’ve painted in this style ever since. A list of past exhibits can be found on my events page.

I started the Quietude Series in 2022. With this work I explore finding calm in self and place. I’m delving deeper into a contemplative me and how to express this outwardly in my painting. The layers are fewer, the palette is limited and the mark-making has a lighter touch. There is an ethereal aesthetic to the work. Reaching a quiet place is the intended goal.

More recently, I began the Seed Collection which consists of 8”x 8” collage mixed media works that celebrate color, life and finding joy in small things. The title not only refers to growth and hope but also quite literally seeds. The collage copy was taken from a book Seed Analysis by Duane Isely, 1951, that I purchased from my local used bookstore. The work is a juxtaposition of academic writing and whimsy fun. I painted them in pairs so each set are siblings—of sorts—similar yet different.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my artwork and to learn a little bit about my story. If you would like to know more, please click on my contact page and leave me a note.

Kindly,

Linda Sievers