Artist Linnea Pergola’s masterful silk paintings are beautifully stylized and filled with vivid color. Visit her website to enjoy more of her work.
I was born and raised in Encino, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. I always felt like a fish out of water there. That is probably why I loved drawing so much as a child—it was my refuge.
I spent many years trying to make a living at art. In my thirties, I was signed on by a large art publisher, Martin Lawrence Galleries, as one of their artists.
It was life changing.
I began my career there painting city scenes in oil. Life happened, and I ended up living in many other cities in the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and France. I now live in Cornwall, New York, which is only one and a half hours from New York City.
New York City is a constant source of inspiration. I belong to a group of urban sketchers and we meet and sketch at different locations weekly. I don’t feel like a fish out of water on the east coast!
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Throughout my art career I worked with other art publishers and eventually discovered silk painting.
It’s a challenging, beautiful and satisfying art medium. I was awarded the title of Master Silk Painter a few years ago from Silk Painters International. My subjects are still cities but I am inspired by poetry, nature and animals more so now.
Travel has always been important to me, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively. I’ve been to the Amazon eight times and volunteered with Elephant Nature Park in Thailand four times. I hope to go to Japan and take photos and I am looking forward to participating in an art festival in Qatar.
I’m currently involved with VAWAA (Vacation with an Artist). This is a site where people can book a working vacation with me in Cornwall and I’ll teach them how to paint on silk. I also have a line of puzzles with Liberty Puzzles, as well as three-dimensional prints from an art publisher in Germany.
I hope people keep enjoying my art as much as I enjoy making it, because I’ll never stop.
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