|Linda J. Green-Metzler, a Chicago native, began the classical study of drawing and painting at the School of the Art Institute during high school and college summers. She continued academic art training in California receiving her BFA in Painting from Scripps College at the Claremont Colleges. Linda spent her junior year studying oil painting with Julian Levy and Joseph Hirsch at the Art Students League of New York where she was awarded a scholarship, exhibited in the Annual Concours Student Exhibition, and was elected a life member in 1975.
After Scripps, Linda exhibited in hometown Chicago in a number of Gold Coast venues before traveling to London, England where she honed her watercolor and illustration skills while traveling the British Isles.
Settling in St. Louis in the early 70's, Linda studied at Washington University and taught graphic design and drawing at Forest Park Community College. Her graphics credits include a year of art direction at Ralston Purina in the International Division expanding her appreciation of all types of animals as graphic subjects.
Within a few years, Linda had developed a thriving graphics business marketing services to a distinguished list of St. Louis companies and institutions. She was honored with design awards from the St. Louis Society of Communicating Arts, the National Agri-Marketing Association, and won recognition for the US Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis Flood Protection Project. The submission she prepared for the Presidential Design Awards Competition in 1985 secured a Federal Design Achievement Award for the Corps from the Federal Design Achievement Commission in Washington, D.C. where it was displayed in the White House.
Returning to painting in recent years, Linda brings to her current work the perspective and discipline of years devoted to applied graphics. Her love of color, developed in the sunny atmosphere of California, remains a compelling interest today. Color, and how it shapes the spaces we inhabit, dominates Linda's response to the natural world and floods the rural scenes and urban places she paints. She currently creates spontaneous watercolors en plein air in and around her adopted home of St. Louis, Missouri.
|Linda has embraces Giclee fine art reproduction as an ideal way to share her colorful visions with a larger audience. She also offers a pleasing fine craft application of miniature giclee prints as decoupage tops for small wood and nostalgic tin boxes, and produces cards.
Employing digital photography as an integral part of her creative process, she has recently offered a new series of images taken through the prism of a lifetime of painting, many of those years in Missouri. Wandering the countryside in recent seasons for ìen plein aire painting events with camera in hand, her painters lens is drawn toward the light and color of romantic landscapes and the moody quiet of hidden places. To see these images which are printed on archival watercolor paper follow the link to Missouri through a Painters Lens on this web site.
Honored by The SLWS and BOMH with inclusion in several juried exhibitions since 2004 to the present; Recipient of numerous awards for achievement in watercolor painting including:
Best of Show in the Jefferson County Art Guild's annual Exhibit 2008
Winner in Jefferson Memorial National Par'k' En Plein Air Event 2008
Board Member, St. Louis Watercolor Society 2005-2007
Art Instructor: Design, Drawing, and Painting St. Louis Community College,
Independent Workshops St. Louis Artists Guild, and Healing Through the Arts for St. John's Mercy
Featured Alumnae: Scripps -The Women's College at Claremont
Alumnae Magazine: Claremont, California, Fall Issue, 2003.
Cover Artist, Winter 2008 Missouri Watercolor Society magazine, Watercolor Studio.
Best of Missouri Hands, Juried Member
St. Louis Watercolor Society, Signature Member
St. Louis Artist's Guild, Signature Member
Missouri Watercolor Society
Life Member, Art Students League of New York