Linda Budge | Arizona

“I can’t imagine doing a painting without an animal or bird of some sort. It has been a constant theme in my art, and it is foremost in my mind when I start a new painting.

“I have spent countless hours in the ‘wild’ doing plein air painting, observing and sketching wildlife, each piece of the puzzle adding to my portfolio of knowledge and expertise in the world of animals, birds, and art. I want to know their expression, their attitude, how much space they occupy, what they eat, and how the seasons change their moods.

“And, since I can’t commandeer Noah’s Ark, I can love animals by painting them, leaving a legacy of their existence and, hopefully, bringing to the viewer the same joy that I experience painting them.”

This award-winning artist designed limited edition prints for Duck’s Unlimited, did collector plates for Hamilton, and created the first stamp and print for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. Her paintings can be found in museums, corporations, and libraries. President Reagan acquired one of Linda’s originals and placed it in front of his personal office at the Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

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