A contemporary realist painter, Linda studied at the South Australia TAFE-School of Art and Design, and worked as a commercial artist before moving to the US in '94. She continued to develop her foundational skills seeking out master artists working today in the traditional method studying with them at various ateliers in the US and France. In her private studio Linda had immersed herself in painting and continued to develop her vision of a creative environment where traditional art could be taught as a practiced discipline where students could work in a structured, organized studio with the hands on guidance of the studio’s principle artists. Linda opened Russian River Atelier in 2015 to the community, seeking highly qualified artists to teach their methods of traditional drawing and painting and to support the local visual arts community.
Linda Schroeter (b. 1963, Australia)
In 2014 I re-named my studio, Russian River Atelier, after developing it as a collaborative teaching space, dedicated to teaching the traditional fundamental skills to anyone interested in realist/representational academic art. I sought out instructors who all have graduated from three of the highly rigorous classical ateliers in Florence that were living locally giving them a space to teach and to pass onto others a time honored tradition.
Allegory and symbolism in the paintings of the Dutch artists of the 16th and 17th century intrigue and inspire me. Their skillfully rendered Still Lives are able to hold the viewers attention, portraying exquisite beauty. Learning these skills were almost forgotten in academia institutions of the last century, but there has been a growing interest in this genre of painting now making resurgence and I believe it to be a very exciting time for artists to delve more deeply into this area of study. Nothing excites me more than visiting the paintings in Amsterdam’s historic Antiques and art district where this traditional art practice still thrives.
My preferred technique is working from life in the traditional In-direct painting method used by painters throughout history such as Vermeer, of light manipulation through paint layers, pushing forms and elements to create the sense of three-dimensional space. I begin with under-painting the grisaille, followed by building the color layers, glazing and finally scumbling.