Linda Beardsley, October Artist of the Month
Recently I asked Linda how she got her start in art. She provided the following narrative:
The joy and fulfillment I derive from my adventures in art started in kindergarten. As a chubby, little bundle of platinum curls my teachers always encouraged me. As I progressed through high school I received recognition, and great grades in art.
It wasn’t until later in life that I decided to return to art. There were many challenges, as I really didn’t know where or how to start! Eventually, I signed up for Adult Education in Fairfax County, Va. I enjoyed the company of other adults on a similar path. One teacher stood out. She offered open studio classes in her small apartment. This is where I learned some basics in oil painting. It was fun.
I then began study at the Art League of Alexandria, Va. The art instructors were amazingly talented and challenged me. I knew immediately I was at the right place. My beginning instructors were Christine Lashley (watercolors/drawing) and Lisa Semerad (composition, colored pencil and drawing). I also studied under nationally known award winning artists of the Portrait Society of America, including Seth Haverskamp, Dan Thompson, Teresa Oaxaca, Susan O’Neil, Jonathan Linton, Patricia McMahon Rice and Robert Liberace.
I studied with Rob Liberace for 10 years. He was an approved Living Master Artist by the Art Renewal Center. Rob is a realist artist and Grand Prize Winner of the Portrait Society of America. His classes were very informative. They included: Art History, Trois Crayon, watercolor, charcoal, acrylics, oil in advanced portraiture, advanced drawing and Still life.
I have acquired knowledge in various mediums of visual art. If anyone would like to tap into my knowledge I am here in Tanglewood to help. I am an accomplished portrait artist. If you would like to commission an original portrait just give me a call.
Above: Linda Beardsley’s display in the Tanglewood Clubhouse. It features an arrangement of her sketches in various drawing mediums along with tools and materials of the trade used to create them. Linda’s art will be on view through the month of October.
Be sure to visit our Tanglwood Art League October Exhibit in the Community Room Gallery!