Linda J Armstrong
Writer, Artist. Photographer
About Linda J Armstrong
b. 1947 West Los Angeles, CAA daughter of California scene painter Charles F. Keck, I am a freelance writer as well as a visual artist. Though intimidated by my father’s skill, I always enjoyed art and took some art classes in college, including one from (now, but not then)renowned artist Vija Celmins, where I met my husband. (We have been married 40 years.)
I was more interested in writing, however, and went into teaching, thinking that summers would give me time for my own work. After teaching elementary school for 18 years, I became restless and uncomfortable.
I longed for silence, and nothing helped, except painting. Small galleries included my paintings in shows after just six months of serious work. Then, I decided I needed to learn to draw. I waited in line at 4 AM every 10 weeks to register for uninstructed drawing groups at Barnsdall Art Center ( I know, we can’t spell properly here in the States) in Los Angeles.
Several dealers encouraged me and showed my work. In 1998, we moved to Colorado. I do not currently have a dealer, and I spend most of my time writing, but I do a few paintings a year, take a lot of pictures, and am experimenting with digital art.
My visual art, along with my poetry, has been a spiritual quest and I am largely self-taught. I took a few art classes at California State College at Los Angeles (including the one from Celmins–she will never admit she taught there, but she sure helped me!)I was majoring in English Literature, though I have never won any awards. Several galleries in the L.A. area showed my paintings including Orlando, now in Tarzana. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-12-08-ca-192-story.html
I hold a BA in English and a lifetime Standard California Teaching Credential (Elementary). I did attend uninstructed figure groups for many years. Most of them were at Barnsdall Art Center in Los Angeles.
I also attended weekly shared-model groups held by other artists in their studios and I had an amazing month-long workspace fellowship at the Woodstock School of Art in New York’s Catskills.
I live in a small city without many galleries. At the moment, I am working on a middle-grade fantasy novel and posting my older artwork for sale.
In the late 80s and early 90s, I showed my work in cafes and galleries in the Los Angeles area, in Montecito near Santa Barbara, and in Flagstaff, Arizona.