My work is an exploration of the drama and passion I experience when hiking the Rockies or picking my way along a foggy, windswept dune – by spending an afternoon wandering through an overcast field or an evening beneath the expansive skies of the West. It is this connection to nature that I strive to share through painting. I spend as much time as possible outside, painting en plein air in Colorado and California simply for the love of discovery.
I’m restless, but my paintings are calm. The sense of luminosity in the expansive and often tumultuous landscapes I represent comes about through many layers of oils, glazes, and a variety of textures. Through the process of painting, I have found that portraying the power of nature has a calming effect, giving me a unique sense of connection and reverence for dramatic lighting in the landscape. My hope is that my admiration of the environment speaks to fellow curious travelers who love spending time exploring the natural world.
Linda’s love of travel and photography has provided ample inspiration for her work. Each landscape embodies the memory of a personal adventure, which makes the artistic process even more enjoyable. She spent many years riding through Colorado forests on her horses, appreciating the beauty that Western scenery and equine allure have to offer.
With a background in film and writing children’s books, storytelling through painting became a natural transition. “Some people say that story in a painting doesn’t matter because everyone derives their own story from the image. I understand that, but it still makes sense to create an atmosphere for reflection. My paintings that seem to draw the most interest are bound by the composition and the story.”
Linda has called Colorado home since she finished college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has taught classes at colleges and universities, including the Colorado Institute of Art, and completed a masters degree from the University of Denver. In 1996, Linda’s entrepreneurial spirit guided her to craft an Internet development and video business, Core Interactive Media, that allowed her to travel and work from different locations, enabling a lifestyle of exploration and artistic pursuits. In March of 2018 Linda fulfilled a dream to purchase MFG Studios, a live shot television broadcast studio in the heart of Denver. The TV studio moved to a beautiful soundstage that she built, that offers recording facilities for virtual events, productions and global broadcasting.
Ms. Petrie Bunch has also authored three children’s books with photographs of a rambunctious Bernese Mountain Dog puppy: “A Snow Day for Hannah,” shot near Vail, CO – (October 2011), “A Beach Day for Hannah,” photographed on the beaches of Carmel, CA (May 2012), and “A Birth Day for Hannah” (Jan 2017) about the early development of nine Berner puppies. She enjoys the constant antics of her Bernese Mountain Dogs: Hannah (Hannibal), Lucy (Lucifer), and Dot (Naughty Dottie).