Linda Stelling

Fabrik Projects / Linda Stelling

Artist Statement

My artistic mission is twofold; on the one hand I want my internal images to find expression in the world while allowing the audience an opportunity to crystalize their own ideas into enlightened expressions. My landscape paintings (perceptions) are actually properties of the spirit not any real place, my spirit which I believe is not unique to me but also the province of all humans just disguised through their own cultural and societal experiences. The connecting mechanism that bridges different worlds, for me, is the painted canvas. It transcends the spoken work through images, colors, and shapes. My art is strongly influenced by my desire to unite people with a common bond, a bond of beauty and connection to their own inner landscapes.


How to explain one’s self and one’s journey as an artist is a daunting thing. It’s pretty much all been said before- but each voice is a solo.

I was brought up in a artistically rich family. My grandfather, although poor, painted frescos in churches which were razed for new construction. Both my father and mother were each incredibly creative-my father an amazing craftsman and musician and my mother a brilliant colorist with flowers. The rest of my extended family were symphony musicians and one was a nationally recognized illustrator. Plain and simple, the die was cast.

After art school, where I studied ceramic sculpture and painting, my first solo journey began in an old trolley car station that froze solid in winter. Trying to create art wearing mittens was a unique challenge to say the least. From there I advanced to a beautiful old woolen mill that afforded me enough room to have both a studio and gallery. It was here that I was a part of a community of working artists with the mindset to support themselves by opening their doors to the public. It was a great experience but I dreamed of warmer weather.

I moved to Los Angeles thinking I was talented and sufficiently educated enough to compete in the LA Art world and was immediately hired as an commissioned artist for a company that produced original work for galleries and prints for hotels and public spaces. This proved to be an experiment in social and financial endurance. My $5 an hour pay checks didn’t go very far. Not on this coast.

So I began studying with everyone so I could to gain a perspective on how I could survive on being an artist. For many years I created large scale murals, specialty finishes and unique work for top name designers, commercial buildings and movie stars. I also taught art to adults and children for many years.

Now I am in full throttle working hard and straddling the mid point of my career. I have invested myself in continuing the work I began as an abstract expressionist many years ago. I am fueled by my interest in color and the dream studies I have been exposed to for so long. I no longer work for someone else’s constraints or for what I think someone might like. I use my layered experiences and passions to fulfill my life’s work. I am in the studio every day and when I am not, I am planning and studying for the next work. Life is good.



1977                Post Graduate Program in Clay, Grass Valley, CA

1976                University of Wisconsin, Madison, Post Graduate Studies

1975                University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Ceramic Sculpture, Fine Art Department Honors

1975                University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Art Department Honors Invitational

1975                University of Wisconsin, Art Teachers Certification, Lifetime License


Solo Exhibition

 2017             Gloria Delson Contemporary Fine Art, CHROMA, July 2017

2017             Gloria Delson Contemporary Art, GLOW, June 2017

2017             Artists Corner Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Poetry of Color”, May 2017

 2017             Expo Contemporary, “The Poetry of Color” The Reef, April 2017 

 2016           Solo Exhibit, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, Chatsworth Metro Station, December 2016

2015                Providence Holy Cross Hospital Permanent Installation of 3 paintings-Sub-Acute Unit – Purchased by San Fernando Fine Arts Council

2015                Solo Exhibit, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, Chatsworth Metro Station

2014                Solo Exhibit, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, Chatsworth Metro Station

2014                “White Skies” Solo Show, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station

2013                Solo Exhibit, Le Sisters Restaurant, Chatsworth, CA, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council,

2009                Funny Hearts, Northridge, NUMC

1975-1981      Solo work exhibited at “Expressions in Clay and Paint” Gallery, Cedarcreek Settlement, Cedarburg, Wis.

Group Exhibitions

 2018                 LA ART SHOW, Los Angeles Convention Center, January 11-14 Fabrik Projects

2017                 ART BASEL MIAMI, AC Gallery,

2017               Gallery 825, Hollywood,CA “Personal Vacation”,

2017               Los Angeles Art Club, “Art Waves”, San Pedro, CA,

2017               Beyond the Lines Gallery, “Miniature Art Show”, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA,

2017               Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, “Out There”

2017               SFV Arts and Cultural Center, “Reflections”, California Art League,        

2017               Gloria Delson Contemporary Art, “Bliss”,

2017               California Art League, “GLOW”, Award Winner, San Fernando Valley Cultural Center, Oct

2017              Venice Institute of Art “Art In Place”, Long Beach, CA Nov-Jan 2018

2017             Westlake Village Art Guild “Open Juried Show”, Newbury Park, CA

2017               California Art League “Whimsey”, SFV Arts and Cultural Center, Tarzanna,

2017                Route 66, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2016                A Single Grain of Rice, Gallery Metanoia, First Place, Grand Prize, Paris, France

2016                “Red” The Women’s Club of Pasadena, Historic Blinn House, Pasadena,

2016                Music for the Eyes: Color, Texture, Movement, Rhythm, Harmony, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2016                “The Art of Creative Aging”, SFV Arts and Cultural Center, San Fernando, CA ,

2016                “Play”, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016                “Point of View”, Women Painters West, Hillcrest Centers For The Arts, Encino, CA

2016                “Flight and Flow”, SFV Art And Cultural Center, Tarzanna, CA

2016                Women Painters West “Spring Exhibition”, Encino, CA

2016                Encino Terrace Show, Encino Terrace Center Art Gallery, Encino, CA

2016                “The Big O Show”, San Fernando Valley Arts And Cultural Center, San Fernando, CA

2016                “California Dreaming”, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, Chatsworth, CA

2016                Lamporage Gallery, Los Angeles, “Brewery Art Walk”, Women Painters West

2016                Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, Newbury, Angeles, CA

2016                “Bright, Colorful, Bold”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2016                Los Angeles – “City of Angels”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2016                “Native Beginnings”, SFV Art And Cultural Center, Tarzanna, CA Award Winner

2015               Creative Arts Center Gallery, City of Burbank, WPW

2015                Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica, WPW

2015                “A Matter of Taste”, La Galleria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2015                “Water; Precious and Alluring,” La Galleria Gitana, San Fernando

2015                “Winter Exhibit”, Arena I Gallery, Santa Monica, Women Painters West

2014                “Treasured Memories: Recalling The Past”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2014                “Westlake Village Art Guild”, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, Newbury, CA

2014                “10×10”, I5 Gallery, SCWCA, Los Angeles, CA

2014                “Splendors of the Garden”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2014                “All that Glitters”, California Art League, Historic Blinn House, Pasadena, CA

2014                “Celebrating Women”, CAL, Historic Blinn House, Pasadena, CA

2014                Women Painters West, FIVE 08 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013                “Glorious California: The Lay of its Land”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2013                “Impressions of Provence”, Segil Fine Arts Gallery, Monrovia, CA

2013                “Glorious California”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2013                “WPW Winter Exhibit”, Arena I Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013                “WPW Spring Exhibition”, Whole 9 Gallery WPW, Culver City, CA

2013                Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, Art Fair, Metrolink Station

2013                “People and Places Show”, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, Award Winner

2013                “WPW”, Encino Terrace, Encino, CA

2013                “Kaleidoscope”, California Art League, Historic Blinn House, Pasadena, CA

2013                “Journey’s”, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2013                “Outdoor Art Show”, Chatsworth Fine Art Council, Chatsworth, CA

2012                “Valley Artist Group Exhibit”, Venice Art Exhibit, Venice, CA

2012                “Small Works Show and Holiday Sale”, Modest Fly Gallery, Tujunga, CA

2012                “Come Fly With Me”, Women’s City Club of Pasadena and Danielak Art, Pasadena, CA

2012                “Small Works Show”, Modest Fly Art Gallery, Tujunga, CA

2012                “WPW”, Encino Terrace Center Exhibit, Encino, CA

2012                “La Cuisine”, Women’s City Club of Pasadena and Danielak Art, Pasadena, CA

2011                “New Beginings”, North Hollywood Gallery, L.A, Hollywood, CA

2011                “Los Angeles Art Association Open Show”, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2011                “Valley Artist Group Exhibit”, Encino Terrace Center, Encino, CA

2011                “WPW”, Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011                Chatsworth Fine Arts Council Annual Artwork, Chatsworth, CA

2010                “Chaos and Order”, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010                “Hidden Places”, Canoga Park Arts Center Vag, Canoga Park, CA

2010                Annual Exhibit “A Western View”, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council Depot, First Place Award, Chatsworth, CA

2010                “WPW at Viva”, Viva Gallery, Award Winner

2010                “Elements of Nature”, Orlando Gallery, Award Winner

2010                “Funny Valentine’s for Happy Hearts” One Woman Show, N.U.M.C., Northridge, CA

2010                “Valley Artist Guild Fall Exhibit”, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

2010                “Valley Artist Guild Gold Metal Exhibit”, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

2008                “My Way”, Valley Institute of Visual Art, Los Angeles, CA

*Additional years available upon request


2006                Jessica McClintock Corporate Offices, LA Mart Design Center

2004                Johnny Was Corporate Offices, Downtown, Los Angeles

2003                Mural commission, Fashion Design Center, Downtown Los Angeles

2003                City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Mural Grant- Los Angles Public School    

2001-   2006    Total Woman Spas, California, Mural commissions in four  locations

1988-2009     Artist for Hand Painted Studio, site specific art, creative finishes and murals

2001-   2006    Total Woman Spas, California, Mural commissions in four  locations

1982-83           LA Art Projects, commissioned works for Billy Hork Galleries 


1998 – 2009     LAUSD, Dearborn Avenue Magnet School, art instructor

1995 -1997      Painting Instructor, Santa Monica Fine Arts Studios

1976 -1981      Owner. Expressions in Clay and Paint. Cedarburg, Wisconsin

1977 -1980      Fredonia High School, Art Department Chair, Wisconsin Public Schools

1975-1977       Mequon, Wisconsin Public Schools, Art instructor, Grades 6-8


January 24, 2018