Linda Smith Latimer
Originally from Southern California and moved to Utah at the age of 12 I feel that I am a native of Utah, however, I have also lived and enjoyed living in other parts of the West with my husband but we always came back “home” to Utah and have lived “at home” for the past 20+ years. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive husband of 42 yrs., have two amazing sons and daughter-in-law’s and am recently blessed with a beautiful granddaughter and most recently a beautiful baby grandson. I am an absolute lover of Boston Terriers and have a beautiful little girl that keeps me company in my art studio having deep conversations about all the beauty around us. Of course she doesn’t always agree with me.
I have been mentored by an amazing and very talented artist (Marian Dunn) for the past 9 years, and I have enjoyed and participated in numerous workshops by many talented artists over the past 10 years.
Every artist feels passionate about their artwork and the reason they create it. My work, Paintings from the Heart, fills my soul with happiness by artistic use of beautiful colors and emotive character subjects.
In portraiture, I look for real-life people who are not necessarily mainstream. Characters who follow their own drummer and drink in life catch my eye, and if they are a little eccentric all the better. I love capturing the softness in children's faces for their innocence and clarity of expression shines through. In landscapes and floral pieces, I create with rich colors and depth so that the artwork conveys a sense of energy and sparks emotion. I am passionate about photography and take my own reference photo’s wherever I travel around the world as there is beauty everywhere!
I have always been a very creative person whether it was as a craft type individual making holiday decorations for my home, decorating my home in general, or making jewelry. I am always creating.
Many years ago I took oil painting classes with my dear mother. Oh the fun times we had! I remember the two of us driving down the highway shortly after our first class in color and really seeing clouds for the first time. Not that we hadn't seen clouds before because of course we had. But we didn't see the colors in clouds. We only saw white and varying shades of greys. What had we missed all of our lives? We had no idea that you could have red, yellow, and blue and a myriad of other colors in those clouds. We would yell out "Oh look at the alizarin crimson in that one!" or "I can see some cobalt blue" or "look at the purple and orange in those!" We were alive with colors everywhere! What jubilation we felt discovering all the amazing colors around us. To this day I am amazed at the sky and all it holds, at the glorious colors that surround my life everywhere I look. I feel so privileged to be called an "artist," putting together all the luscious colors and forms to create a beautiful piece of art. It fills my heart and my soul with delicious happiness every time I pick up a brush, dip it in water, and touch it to color and magic happens!
I hope you find my artwork to be uplifting and life-affirming.
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head, AND his heart, is an artist.” — Francis of Assisi