Wisconsin native Linda Weber Queally spent her childhood
exploring country auctions, yard sales and antique shops with her mother and
grandmother. And in the short, but hot humid summers, her days were filled with swimming in the cool waters of the local lakes and swimming pools. It was there that she developed a passion for art and antiques, and a lifelong love of water.
Linda graduated from UW, Milwaukee with a Bachelors Degree in Urban Development, and then moved to Los Angeles, where she studied art and design at the prestigious Otis Art Institute. Now after over 30 years of living and creating art in the Los Angeles area, she enjoys painting, photography, and collage, and most recently has added jewelry design to her repertoire. Showing her work nationally, the artist has won numerous awards.
Artist Statement, 2014:
Trained as a painter, I had a revelation in my work while on an artist retreat in France with twelve other women artists. While they were preparing their gear to spend the afternoon painting in a field or town square, all I wanted to do was keep on the move, exploring, photographing each minute detail and spontaneous moment that delighted me. Later, after our communal dinner, I couldn’t wait to get back to my room to review my photos and write about the day’s experience.
This was a turning point for me. The photo was becoming the finished work, not the means to the finished work. Using my eye as a painter and my love for dramatic light and color, I could express my unique view of the world in my photography, instead of reinventing the wheel by painting something I had already captured. It felt beautiful and right.Since that time I have spent many months traveling in the United States and Mexico, documenting and sharing this amazing world I am coming to know through my photography. My favorite time of day remains twilight, which author and archaeologist Carlos Castaneda describes as the “crack between the worlds”. You will see it often in my work.