The flowing and innocent nature of Linda Carter-Holman's work is what draws the viewer into her colorful world, but her sense of humor and talent for detail bring the viewer back. Her art creates a world of enchantment that is ruled by domestic order and overlaps with fairy-tale fantasy. A pastoral backdrop is the setting for celebration and contemplation of life. A parade of characters perform in dramatic settings and the personalities recur, portraying various roles in different paintings.
In a rural environment, bursting with nature images, industrious women wearing billowing dresses contemplate the poignancy of the moment. " It's not that I don't like men," says Carter-Holman," I paint what I know - women." Inspired by memories of people and places visited, by impressions collected through her life, Linda assembles rustic recollections into cohesive images.
Raised in Oklahoma, the rural country images are reminiscent of her youth. But it took the dry barrenness of the desert to get her to paint the lushness that can be seen in her pieces. Inexplicably, this self-taught artist is able to combine an unaffected candor of content with layers of intricate line and color throughout the physical structure of her compositions. Although Carter-Holman's work is lyrical, each painting like a verse in a song, her images relate to life.
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