Linda Fries, a San Francisco artist, has been painting professionally for many years. She has found her voice in both abstraction and landscape. For the majority of her career she has painted with oil on canvas. But for 15 years she took an interesting detour to do art work made entirely with natural ground earth pigments, creating a unique body of work that showcases the beauty and diversity of the natural local colors of the Bay Area. Over the years she has shown her work in a variety of settings including a solo show at the Thoreau Gallery and at many other galleries and shows throughout the Bay Area. For over 28 years she has maintained her studio at Hunters Point Shipyard and participated in Open Studios. Linda Fries’ paintings are in private collections across the country.
Ms. Fries came of age artistically when abstraction was the dominant visual language and her teachers, Nathan Oliveira, Frank Lobdell and Keith Boyle encouraged her early direction in abstraction. However, her passion for wilderness and forms in nature eventually influenced her work and led to her creating an abstraction infused with nature imagery. Over the years she has developed two different styles of painting. One style, her “Earth Pigment Paintings”, incorporates the use of only hand ground earth pigments. The other style, her “Oil Paintings”, uses nature-based imagery in both realistic and abstracted landscape paintings.